Home and Living gets quite a few books in the fall and, really, we receive year-round editions, about interior design and all things regarding how to live better at home. We love to review books and try to bring you enough information so that you can make a choice for reference and for your own library that you will love and return to again and again.
The Better Homes and Gardens New Decorating Book is a keeper. I see new things and inspiring ideas every time I return to the book.
New Decorating is great because these aren’t just “magazine pretty” photos of rooms that no one can live in. One of the features I do like a lot are the before-and-after home improvement examples; they help to illustrate sweeping changes that can be made primarily with paint, furniture arrangement, and attention to detail.
There is also a primer on colors including photos of rooms based on those colors.
In addition, presented are terrific examples of important principles on styles for a variety of rooms such as fresh traditional, urban cottage, nature-inspired and modern relaxed, etc. Inside are information and tips on lighting, space planning, storage, focal points,ideas on how to divide a room, prevent clutter and more.
The book is 312 pages including a section and reference guide called The Workroom, which covers key decorating concepts and purchasing decisions. Oh, a bonus: the purchaser gets a coupon inside the book that when mailed in gives you a free year of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.
Better Homes and Gardens New Decorating Book, 10th edition, Wiley Paperback, $24.99; ISBN: 978-0-470-88714-1