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Complete Home Decorating Book (Complete Book) [Hardcover]

Nicholas Barnard
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8 Sep 1994 Complete Book
Transform your home into the one you want - be it luxurious or rustic, practical or pretty - with this guide to home decorating. Every page is full of ideas, each explained through step-by step photography. All the principal instructions are arranged for easy reference, with a wide variety of styles and finishes to suit all tastes are listed. The first half deals with making soft furnishings - from decorated blinds and corded cushions to paper-covered lampshades. The second covers hard surface decoration such as tiling, wallpapering, stencilling, shelving and lighting.


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd (8 Sep 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751301353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888503176
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 22 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 626,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nearly encyclopedic in its approach, this volume can teach you everything you need to know about home decorating, from sewing a bedspread to upholstering a chair or tiling a bathroom. The superb directions and extremely clear photographs--along with thorough explanations of all tools and materials needed--make all the projects seem very approachable, and each chapter's introductory section on choosing a style can help lay to rest the fears of even the most intimidated would-be do-it-yourselfer.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know in one book 28 April 2005
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Format:Hardcover
Full of techniques and tips, hundreds of colour photographs. Has sections on design, colour schemes, painting techniques.
Even has a section on curtain making and soft furnishings.
A fantastic book by DK.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a good book about techniques for doing your own deco 29 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is about the techniques involved in doing your own decorating, such as hanging your own wallpaper, doing stencilling, covering your sofas, etc. It really isn't an idea book, there aren't any room layouts, etc. But if you have an idea of what you want to do, this helps with the techniques to do it yourself. LOTS of pictures.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic resource 11 Aug 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Great resource for home decorators. Shows how to make different styles of curtains, tablecloths, bedspreads, etc., faux finishing painting techniques, wallpapering, staining, etc.
I borrowed it from the library and am now looking to buy it - it's that good.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great step-by-step teaching guide to decorating your home 21 Mar 2002
By Judith Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book starts with the sewing basics that many of us may not have been interested in learning until we actually had our own place that needed to be decorated. So, if you don't know the first thing about sewing, but would like to learn you may want to purchase this book. I think it has the best sewing instructions of any book that I've ever seen before. Or, if you want to know the proper way to wallpaper, paint or set tiles, the instructions are all here.
The excellent attention given to detail, and the clear pictures makes this one of the very best practical teaching guides on the market today. There are chapters on Curtains, Shades, Bedding, Cushions, Simple Upholstery, Tiling, Table Linen, Lampshades, Painting, Wallpapering, Lighting and Houseplants. The directions are concise and the photographs show all of the projects step-by-step.
This book is so good that I've purchased two to use as gifts.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This an excellent reference guide for home decorators 5 Jan 2010
By Focused - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Any book Nicholas Barnard authors on home decorating or designing of interiors I would suggest you purchase. It is well worth the money. If you are re-decorating your home on a budget, and can sew, but can't afford a professional decorator, purchase this book. It has great tips for home stagers or real estate agents that need to show clients how to paint different surfaces and different paint effects, how to remove wallpaper, how to tile, how to mount shelving, how to get different effects from lighting, choosing houseplants and so much more.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Practical Reference Guide 29 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I borrowed the book from the library and found it to be an excellent reference. The step-by-step directions with pictures give guidance to those who want to complete "do it yourself" home decorating projects. The book covers so much, from basic sewing techniques and terms to making your own lampshades. This is one I want to purchase.
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