“ Genre: House / Garden / Paperback / Publication Date: 2002 / Publisher: BBC Books „
This is another book from the BBC "Good Homes" series, with inspiration and ideas for styling your living room. As per the other books in this series, it is paperback and measures about four by four inches. The RRP is £4.99, and it currently costs £4 on Amazon.
As with the other books in this series, the book is separated into categories to make it easier to find the kind of look you're hoping for. The categories are:
· Laid Back
· Around the World
Each living room has a photo for visual inspiration, and accompanying text addressing issues such as colour, lighting, accessories and flooring. The categories are clearly marked by a colour coded stripe at the top of each page.
I haven't used this book as much as the kitchen one from the same series, purely because I find there aren't that many styles which appeal to me. The book resembles a Dulux catalogue, as it mainly shows different colour schemes, many of which are bold and quite adventurous. For me personally, the only section I would be interested in gaining inspiration from is the contemporary section, as this shows more neutral living rooms. The other sections tend to be bright purple or arty, which isn't really my cup of tea.
I think this book would mostly suit people who are a bit creative and bold with their colour schemes, as it gives lots of ideas of colour schemes which work well...if you're brave enough. It does, however, have some good tips scattered around, such as how to hide the wires from your entertainment centre to avoid spoiling the look of a country style living room, and disguising problems such as uneven walls with wooden panelling as a cheaper option to getting them plastered. I'd always prefer to pay for the plastering myself, but the book does give some good ideas for all sorts of problems you might encounter.
This book would be a useful tool for anyone looking to implement a brave and bold colour scheme, or it might make a nice moving in gift for anyone who has recently moved house and looking to put their own stamp on it. For myself, however, I found a lot of the ideas were just to bold or garish to put into practise, but then maybe I'm just boring and play it safe with magnolia too often! Three stars from me.