The ultimate book of decorating

Jul 16, 2012 | Anoushka's Blog

Page from DominoThere are so many interior design and decorating books on the market today, it’s hard to know which ones to choose, and more importantly which you will get the most benefit from. So I thought I would let you all know about a book that I refer to constantly for inspiration, practical tips and advice and fabulous imagery. Domino The book of decorating by Deborah Needleman has to be the most informative read for anyone embarking on either a complete room renovation or a simple redecoration project. Deborah and her team set out in this book to demystify the world of interior design.

The thing that I really like about this book is the way it is laid out. It firstly takes you through a design process so that you can prepare yourself well for your project. And to be honest this is a similar process that I take my clients through when getting to know their style wants and needs. The book then takes you through room by room, showcasing different styles from bohemian to mid-century, glamour to contemporary. Deborah then talks through tips on the biggest pieces of furniture you might purchase, and how to mix and match pieces in terms of style. She then takes you through her top tips for lighting, storage, function and style including lots of decorating tricks for all types or rooms with a special mention to small spaces for each room (these are the pages that I love the most). And finally she talks about ‘the domino effect’ at the end of each room. Taking a real life example and breaking it down so you can see how each room has gone through the design process to achieve the end result. The end results are always beautifully presented to give you that inspiration you need to go away and start on your own project.

Page from Domino

So next time you think about starting out on a home project, why not invest in a book like this, apply a process to the project, and by doing the preparation and you will be surprised at the end result.

If you have gone through a similar process already and have an end result you’re proud of please send through your images or comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

Happy decorating!

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