Picks and Pans Review: What Do You Say to a Naked Room?

updated 01/07/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/07/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Catherine C. Crane

Using this book is like having a decorator march in and get things organized. After forcing you to face some basic preliminary questions like projected length of stay in the apartment and what colors make you feel best (look in your closet), the book offers pointed advice on matters most amateur decorators never think about. For example, Crane, an interior designer, points out that apartments lived in mainly after dark should be done up in sunny colors that look best in night light. And after admitting that television sets are ugly, what do you do about them? Build the set into a wall and slide a framed picture over the screen when not in use. Not all the suggestions are so ambitious, budget considerations are accounted for, the style is encouraging and even soothing. This is a vital manual about the anxious art of decorating. (Dial, $19.95 hardcover, $12.95 paper)

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