Cover image for Paint ideas & decorating techniques.
Paint ideas & decorating techniques.
Publication Information:
Des Moines, Iowa : Better Homes and Gardens Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
TT323 .P315 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
TT323 .P315 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TT323 .P315 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Home Improvement
TT323 .P315 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Home Improvement
TT323 .P315 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

On Order



Presents different paint techniques used to decorate interior walls such as faded fresco, ragging, suede, dragging. and sponging, and includes step-by-step instructions.

Author Notes

Better Homes & Gardens Magazine Better Homes and Gardens is a home and family magazine for people who want to make those things the focal points of their lives. It provides the readers with information to make more informed decisions and covers subjects such as education, parenting, travel, gardening, health, cars, money-management and home entertainment. The magazine also includes recipes and home improvement topics from decorating to do-it-yourself projects.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

When a fad hits Better Homes and Gardens, you know it has been universally accepted. This time, the trend is "next-generation Jocasta Innes" --that is, one step more advanced than straight stenciling, sponging, rolling, and ragging. Because of the parent magazine's wealth of editorial content, there are lots of finished rooms to emulate. Editors start with three different ways to apply decorative paint, then move into various rooms and specific applications. The bulk of the book is reserved for how-tos; included among the two dozen or so techniques are faux textiles (leather, chambray, and suede), two-in-one ideas (sponged-stamped bricks, color wash, and tape stripe), and patterned patterns (checkerboard, plaid, and flower border). Each technique features skill level, time, supplies, helpful hints, and step-by-step photographic instructions. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

The people at Better Homes & Gardens tackle a variety of painting methods. The major portion of the book features various techniques and how they look in a finished, furnished room. The first chapter shows how three homeowners have used paint techniques to complement traditional, cottage, and Far Eastern styles. Subsequent chapters show how the techniques are used in living rooms, bathrooms, etc. For each technique shown there is a page reference to the instructions in the back of the book. The instructions give skill level, time needed, supplies, and helpful hints for each technique, including ragging, double rolling, and freehand decorative to name a few. The numerous photographs of finished rooms, the qualifications, and variety of techniques included make this a good, comprehensive choice for any size public library. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Getting started: Read advice and tips from decorative paintersp. 4
Whole house color: See how three homeowners created their palettesp. 8
Living and dining: Enliven your rooms with color and patternp. 36
Bed and bath: Personalize private spaces with hand-painted designsp. 58
Kitchens etc.: Warm these most-lived-in rooms with textured looksp. 84
Paint techniques: Use the supply lists and directions for a quality jobp. 104