Decorative Style: The Most Original and Comprehensive Sourcebook of Styles, Treatments, Techniques, and Materials

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Simon and Schuster, 1990 - House & Home - 350 pages
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Decorative Style is the most practical and innovative resource of decorating styles, techniques, and tools and materials ever created.

Using innovative, easy-to-master techniques and surprisingly inexpensive materials (paint, paper, fabric, replica molding -- even photocopies!), Kevin McCloud -- a brilliant young set designer turned interior decorator -- shows you everything you need to know to design and create your own stunning adaptations of today's most popular decorating styles.

There are forty styles in all -- from Santa Fe, Shaker, Miami Deco, and Caribbean to Bauhaus, Biedermeier, Mackintosh, and French Country (to name just a few) -- each designed and created especially by the author and stunningly photographed, with literally hundreds of styling options and color variations to choose from.

Each style is represented by a complete floor-to-ceiling "room slice" -- a unique device that allows you to see the total impact of a scheme while easily visualizing its possibilities for your own room. The decorative effects and other components of each style are analyzed, rephotographed with a full range of imaginative alternatives, and cross-referenced to all the techniques, tools, and materials needed to create each unique effect. Even the most inexperienced and budget-conscious of home owners will be inspired by Kevin McCloud's imaginative use of inexpensive, readily available materials and amazing timesaving techniques.

Whether you do the work yourself or hire it out, whether you're redoing an alcove or an entire house, Decorative Style will kindle your imagination and give you all the tools you need to create spectacular, one-of-a-kind interiors that will truly distinguish and enhance the value of your home.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION ?
9
Getting ideas
16
Structuralfeatures
22
Lighting color mood
28
MEDITERRANEAN STYLES
34
COUNTRY STYLES
84
New England living room
94
Santa Fe dining room
101
MATERIALS
220
SURFACES
232
Decorating wood
238
TECHNIQUES
246
Faux effects
276
Terra cotta plaster lead
284
Carrara serpentine marble
290
Gilding metallic powder
304

MEDIEVAL STYLES
112
RENAISSANCE STYLES
130
VICTORIAN STYLES
148
TURNOFTHECENTURY
170
TWENTIES ONWARDS
186
Introduction
204
Brushes for softening varnishing
210
Painted pattern
310
Using photocopies
318
Pigments colors
324
Index
344
Acknowledgments
350
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Kevin McCloud is a bright new name in interior decoration. His unique and refreshing approach stems from his background in art history and his experience as an innovative set designer in London. His talents as a lecturer and teacher are in great demand, and his techniques and advice on creating a wide range of period styles are regularly featured in major magazines. Inexpensive materials and a repertoire of imaginative techniques form the crux of his decorating philosophy, one that celebrates innovative reinterpretations of traditional styles and encourages all to design and create their own dramatic and distinctive interiors.

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