Great Interior Design Challenge Sourcebook: Practical Advice by Tom Dyckhoff, Sophie Robinson, Daniel Hopwood

By Tom Dyckhoff, Sophie Robinson, Daniel Hopwood

How you layout your place says simply as a lot approximately you because the outfits you put on. This nice new ebook is filled with functional recommendation on tips to in achieving the glance you will want, for the cheap you could have the funds for. sooner than you start any form of home-decorating venture you want to make certain your canvas is in stable order. We comprise a convenient record of universal difficulties to appear out for and the way to mend them - together with cracks in partitions, creaking stairs, damp patches, draughts, leaking roofs or blocked chimneys. Doing it your self is enjoyable and most economical, so we contain step by step directions on find out how to in attaining a number of domestic advancements. after all it isn't consistently attainable (or secure) to do every thing your self - occasionally the choice has to be made: DIY or GSI (get anyone in!)? Getting the developers in should be tense, yet we comprise lots of recommendation on discovering the simplest workmen for the activity, and the way most sensible to short them and retain to funds. making plans makes ideal - so we've got lots of important info on creating a moodboard, designing a room format, deciding upon and utilizing color and development, settling on wall finishes and coverings and profiting from your area. your place might be ideally suited on your way of life, so even if you're looking for a funky, calm oasis, a trendy minimalist haven for unique or an invaluable relations house, this publication is packed filled with principles and concept that you can fairly make your home a house to be happy with

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FIONA WILSON A lecturer and mother to four grown-up boys, Fiona has a history of buying old dilapidated houses, doing them up and then selling them. Her current home is a six-bedroom Victorian manor house in Plymouth, and she has devoted hours to designing every room. CONTENTS About the series Presenter profiles Contestant profiles WORKING FROM THE OUTSIDE IN The exterior Cross-section of a house Caring for exteriors STARTING WITH THE INSIDE BASICS Find your style Period character Global influences The modern approach Your style – making it work Internal layout Zoning and flow Access all areas Floor plans Floors Types of flooring Wood Sheet, stone and tiles Carpets and rugs Walls Ideas for feature walls Wallpaper Paint Tiles Other wall coverings Ceilings Windows Types of windows Window treatments Curtains Blinds Shutters Lighting Types of lighting Lighting room by room Heating Types of radiator Types of heating Types of fireplace Colour The colour wheel Versatile neutrals Appealing pastels and brilliant brights Pattern Types of pattern Texture Varieties of texture Moodboards Storage Hallways and living rooms Bathrooms and kitchens Bedrooms Planning makes perfect Repairs and renovations Doing it yourself Safety Getting the builders in Changing rooms Staying on budget Troubleshooting GOING ROOM BY ROOM Halls, stairs and landings Stairs Types of staircases Living rooms Furniture Adding visual interest Technology Dining rooms Furniture Dining room décor Dining rooms and offices Kitchens Kitchen layouts Kitchen cupboards Worktops Sink, taps and hoods Kitchen-diner Kitchen appliances Work areas Utility rooms Bedrooms Furniture Wardrobes Other bedroom furniture Children’s rooms Young children Teenagers Bathrooms Practical issues Bathroom basics Fixtures and fittings Choosing bathroom fittings Finishing touches Details that count Door and window furniture and light switches Soft furnishings Upholstery Accessories Displays Displays in shelves, alcoves and cabinets Finishing touches Upcycled furniture and accessories Index Directory Credits and acknowledgements WORKING FROM THE OUTSIDE IN THE EXTERIOR Whatever type of property you live in, the way it looks from the outside is very important.

4 Scale is important. A pair of sofas, for example, work best if they are in proportion rather than one being tall and overstuffed and the other low and lean. 5 Choose timeless, well-made designs. It doesn’t matter what period they come from (within reason): they will work well with other pieces. 6 Transform pieces that don’t suit your scheme. A lick of paint or a new loose cover can work wonders. 7 Co-ordinate colours and patterns and create a pleasing variety of textures. 8 Keep flooring simple: this provides a calm backdrop for everything else.

Remove varnish and as much of the paint as possible. It is essential to remove peeling or blistered paint. Tip When sanding, collect the dust; you can mix this with PVA to fill in any gaps, as an alternative to using wood filler. SHEET, STONE AND TILES There is a wide range of alternatives to carpet and timber flooring, each with its own, unique qualities. SHEET FLOORING Softer and warmer than stone or timber, sheet floorcoverings come in a surprising variety of colours, patterns and textures. They are often available in tile form, too, and can sometimes be cut into graphic patterns.

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