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This is a beautiful inspirational book, I've literally just received it and was so excited by it that I have come on here to write a review straight away as when I came on here yesterday to order it I noticed it had none. The book is described as a resource guide which is accurate and it's full of beautiful photographs, many of which I have not seen before. Great for the coffee table but also for someone who is embarking on a decoration project. There are 12 chapters each on a different type of pattern such as 'ikat' 'floral' 'stripes'. There are fabrics and wallpapers I was aware of, some I have not come across before. Be aware this isn't a practical book, it consists of a chapter on each type of pattern - it is not focussed on how to mix them and dos and don'ts so I would not go for it if you are after guidance. Definitely for more confident decorators and interior designers or just for the pretty pictures!
This book is a very quick read with only a tiny amount of text, and lots of photos. There are 12 chapters, each with a small amount of text on the first page and only a small amount of text after that. The focus is mostly on the patterns: Floral, Animal, Chinoiserie, Nature, Toile, Paisley, Damask, Ikat, Abstract, Geometric, Stripes and Iconic. The patterns are represented in fabric and wallpaper. If you are looking for more 'how to' ideas then this book may not be what you are looking for, but if you simply want nice photos then this might be perfect. I had just finished reading a more detailed interior design book that had a lot more text so this was a refreshing option after that!
Almost no text, no tips or advice or theory given. I was hoping for lots of color photos of real interiors for inspiration, with a good explanation of what I'm looking at, but even these are scarce. Tons of pages are just... reprints of patterns, not in a room but just... a flat piece of paper. Like a stock image. What a waste! Also, many of the photos are popular on the internet, I recognized a few interiors right away. Seems like this was thrown together in 6 weeks out of public domain materials.
I thought this was a lovely book but I was not aware that there would be page after page of pictures of wallpaper. I love wallpaper but prefer to see it on the walls of lovely rooms, not all by itself.