Alan Powers Living with Pictures

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Living with Pictures

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Create a mood, define a style, and never have bare, inexpressive walls again! Make a real visual impact in every room with these exciting and original ways to arrange and display posters, paintings, drawings, and other images. Go beyond traditional methods of simply hanging artwork and consider such alternatives as propping up a single unframed canvas on top of a table to carefully planned groupings of a picture with well-chosen household objects to form a still life. Browse through a range of topics, each reflecting on a particular aspect of visually enhancing an interior: how to create depth and space, introduce color and texture, establish atmosphere, form combinations and sequences of pieces, add touches of surprise, and even select unusual material--including pin-ups, advertisements, and found objects. Throughout, beautiful color photographs show fabulous examples of ways to turn your own interior into something that's gallery-beautiful.

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For some of us, walls don't just hold the roof up--they're also the spot we choose to show off our favorite artists, collections, or random found objects. For proper effect, these treasures shouldn't just be chosen to match the sofa or tacked up to cover scuff marks in the paint, but planned with particular moods in mind. Author Alan Powers fills Living with Pictures with text and photographs designed to educate both eye and brain in the special art of picture grouping and how plain walls can best be used as a means of displaying their owners' personal style. Powers delves into specifics like texture, form, framing, and mood, showing every style from modern minimalism to baroque, and he discusses how to incorporate windows and other architectural features in detail, as well as how to protect delicate works of art from sun and moisture damage. When walls are made entirely of glass, as in one ultramodern living space, a sleek easel functions as a movable wall while displaying a treasured oil painting. Stark black-and-white photos enliven a stainless-steel kitchen, while a wall of antique cartoon illustrations adds a whimsical touch to an otherwise traditional room. Creativity and practicality are nicely blended here; decorators and new homeowners alike will enjoy this book both as a guide and an inspiration. --Jill Lightner

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Alan Powers writes and lectures on architecture and applied art. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich School of Architecture and Landscape, is actively involved in the Twentieth Century Society, and is Chairman of Trustees of the Pollock's Toy Museum in London. A frequent contributor to Country Life, Crafts, The Spectator and other magazines, he is the author of Living with Books, the first title in this highly successful new series, and contributed to the best-selling The Elements of Style, also published by Mitchell Beazley. His other books include The English House and Nature in Design.

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