Design Sense: A Guide to Getting the Most from Your Interior Design Investment

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Wiley, Sep 28, 1996 - House & Home - 232 pages
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Now everyone can have great Design Sense — and create attractive, comfortable rooms that match great value with lasting style

Here is the total interior design guide — with everything you need in order to plan, buy, create, and care for all of the elements of a great home. Written by Linda Blair, one of the nation's top interior design experts, Design Sense trains you in the fundamentals of good interior design, providing you with valuable skills that will enable you to make sound design choices — and avoid costly mistakes.

You'll find invaluable advice on:

  • Walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors
  • Color, pattern, and fabrics
  • Hard and soft furnishings
  • Lighting, accessories, painting, and photographic displays
  • Home office and entertainment technology, ergonomics, maintenance, and more


  • Over 100 stunning photographs, including 24 pages of full color
  • Blairstyle Tips — simple, surefire guidelines for every style and budget


How can I make a small room look larger?

Is there a secret to developing a good color scheme?

What are some smart ideas to brighten up a dimly lit room?

When should I seek professional design help?

At last! Here are the answers to all of your basic interior design questions — in a single, straightforward, and easy-to-use guide. Written by top interior design expert Linda Blair, Design Sense brings you the philosophy, ideas, techniques, and professional expertise that will help you get the most from your decorating dollars — whether you have a new home, or an older one that simply needs to look and work better.

The key to great design is planning. Design Sense shows you how to develop and implement a strategy that successfully accommodates both use of space and personal style. Demystifying the entire design process, the book's complete step-by-step approach gives you solid training in the fundamentals of good interior design, from using patterns to set a mood to selecting furnishings that will last.

Beautifully illustrated and filled with Blair's enthusiasm, energy, and wit, Design Sense is the ideal "must-have" guide for every style and budget.

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LINDA BLAIR, ASID, heads an award-winning design firm in Westchester County, New York. She lectures extensively, writes a column on design issues for the New York Post, and appears regularly as a guest on TV and radio shows.

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