The Art and Technique of Decorating With Fabric

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Looks at the history of fabric decoration, shows window and room treatments, and offers advice on fabric selection

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At heart, this is an illustrated survey of 500 years of curtain styles for windows and beds. "No one is saying that it is easy to be an individualist," caution the authors, who urge imaginative over "obvious" choices: rich colors (e.g., achieved from deep-piled fabrics); unusual color combinations ("dazzling black and white"); and off-beat sources for trimmings (auctions, junk shops). They also extol the virtues of simplicity (avoiding a cluttered look, letting curtain fabric "speak for itself "), harmony and proportion. They consider difficult windows (Gothic-arched); neglected spaces (landings); rooms unfriendly to fabric (kitchens); cut sizes for curtains, valances, swags and tails; how to apply linings, interlinings and weights; and installation of poles, tracks and valances for windows, crowns and canopies for beds. For readers collaborating with a decorator, this sourcebook will be helpful, while those who sew can use it to forge their own style. Full-color photographs offer a riot of ideas to apply or modify. Paine is a British interior designer; Clifton-Mogg is interiors editor of Harper's and Queen.
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