For those of use who look forward to receiving home decorating magazines in the mail each month, and reading Thursday’s Home and Garden section in the New York Times each week, Domino: The Book of Decorating is a special treat. There are thousands of photos, illustrations and hints inside, all culled from the magazine’s pages and true to its fresh, eclectic sensibility. It’s the kind of book that you can’t get enough of, that you pull off the shelf and pore over again and again.
The book is organized into chapters that guide the reader through house design room-by-room, from dining room and living room to office and kid’s room. But it’s most useful as a compendium of smaller design solutions, as a pattern book full of examples for someone putting together an interior. There’s information on every page that answers simple questions. Does a room painted charcoal grey feel dark? Do they make two-burner cooktops? Is it garish to use more than one patterned rug in the same room? And there’s information on every page that opens new possibilities. Can one wallpaper a ceiling? Can one install 1″ hexagonal ceramic tile on a bathroom wall? Can one hang unframed photographs on a wall? The answer to all these and many other questions, happily, is yes.
Domino’s decorating guide, not much larger than a hardcover novel, is packed with sharp design ideas. If someone is just getting serious about decorating or remodeling her home, and searching for a single source of information and inspiration, this volume might be the perfect kick-off point for her adventure.