Homeowners have never demanded so much from their residences—not only must they satisfy the myriad practical needs of modern life, but they must also express our tastes and personal style. Paint and fabrics do not simply cover and protect, they must evoke the right atmosphere, creating a feeling of relaxation or activity or comfort. This book discusses the vital decisions that need to be made about space, light, color, surfaces, fabrics, and furniture, not just looking at the different materials and techniques but also at the effects they create. These lessons are then applied to every area of the home, from hallways to bathrooms, and explanations of how to create a range of fresh and achievable interior styles are provided. In the final chapter, clever ideas for revitalizing rooms are offered without the need for a complete redesign.