The first months of the year usually bring numerous home furnishing sales offering reductions on everything from furniture and appliances to paint and carpets. If you plan on taking advantage of those sales, why not check out a few books on interior decorating before you shop. Your local library will have a selection of up-to-date books to help you with such interior decorating decisions as:
* How can I disguise an unsightly view?
* What improvements will best increase the re-sale value of my home?
* How can I use light to make a room seem larger or smaller?
* In what ways does color affect the mood and atmosphere of a room?
* What are the practical consequences of choosing wool, polyester or nylon carpeting?
A few interior decorating design books of particular interest available at the West Vancouver Memorial Library are: English Style by Suzanne Slesin and Stafford Cliff. Renowned authors of French Style cross the Channel for an inspiring look at a variety of beautiful English ways of interior decorating. Over 600 color photographs of various styles including Victorian, art-deco and minimalist are provided.
Better Lighting by Jeremy Myerson. Imaginative lighting can give a modest room a charming ambience. Better Lighting shows the home decorator how to use different types of lighting to create various atmospheres and achieve special effects.
Paint Magic by Jocasta Innes. Decorative paint finishes such as antiquing, color-washing, marbling, spattering and stenciling are frequently used by top designers to add unique and intriguing touches to home decor. Innes reveals the secrets of these decorative methods and shows the lay person how to obtain exciting and dramatic results by using simple and inexpensive techniques.
The Decorating Book by Mary Gilliat. Seasoned interior decorating professional Gilliat offers ingenious solutions to a variety of design problems and provides hundreds of interior decorating ideas and tips for the beginner and expert alike.
Complete Interior Decorator by Mike Lawrence. This lavishly illustrated manual with step-by-step instruction in all the latest materials and techniques is an ideal introduction for the home decorator who wishes to do it all without professional help.
Floors and Flooring by Jane Lott. Floors and Flooring illustrates and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of a wide range of stylish and traditional flooring, from inlaid parquet and ceramic tile to Dury rugs and Persian carpets.