The new comprehensive bible of interior design, from a home styling guru who has coached an entire Scandinavian generation in the art of creating a harmonious home.
Frida Ramstedt believes in thinking about how we decorate, rather than focusing on what we decorate with. We know more today than ever before about design trends, furniture, and knickknacks, and now Frida familiarizes readers with the basic principles behind interior and styling—what looks good and, most of all, why it looks good.
The Interior Design Handbook teaches you general rules of thumb—like what the golden ratio and the golden spiral are, the proper size for a coffee table in relation to your sofa, the optimal height to hang lighting fixtures, and the best ways to use a mood board—complete with helpful illustrations. Use The Interior Design Handbook to achieve a balanced, beautiful home no matter where you live or what your style is.
Swedish home design blogger Ramstedt debuts with a savvy and sensible guide to her specialty. She covers design principles, such as the golden ratio (in such variations as the golden spiral and golden rectangle) and the rule of thirds, and advises considering how a house's inhabitants will move around it over the course of a typical day. Another valuable tip: take into account the space's age and character, and possibly even do some research into its historical context, as Ramstedt did with a townhouse hailing from the 1930s Functionalism movement, which helped her make sense of various architectural and design details: the "rounded window, the pitched roof, the large areas of glass, and the limestone windowsills." Wondering whether paint that is gloss ("more forgiving" on blemishes), semi-gloss, or matte (easier to keep clean) is right for a space? Ramstedt explains what works best in different scenarios. She also covers redesigning children's rooms to better suit kids at different ages, and using mood boards to bring together one's various ideas and spark new ones. This guide is a first-rate way to ensure decorating success.