“Annie Sloan’s Room Recipes for Style and Colour” by Annie & Felix Sloan

Following more than 20 best selling books on decorative painting, Annie Sloan has written her first book about interior design. Co-authored by Annie’s son Felix – a designer who is Brand Director at Annie Sloan Interiors – this comprehensive book examines nine popular styles including: Bohemian, Neoclassical, Vintage Floral, French Elegance, Traditional Swedish, Coastal, Rustic Country, Modern Retro and Warehouse. Featuring hundreds of gorgeous images showing the homes of selected interiors enthusiasts and designers throughout Europe, the background of each of the nine styles is explained. As you would expect from the ‘Queen of Paint’, there are ‘Paint Your Own’ ideas and sketches, plus moodboards and a host of practical tips on how to achieve the looks in your own home. ‘Annie Sloan’s Room Recipes for Style and Colour’ is out in November, priced at £25, available from www.cicobooks.co.uk , www.anniesloan.com , bookshops and Annie Sloan stockists throughout the UK.

Annie Sloan says:

“I chose interior design as the subject for my latest book because we frequently hear that people just can’t get things to look right in their own interiors. I believe this is because they need to really think about what their own personal style is, rather than be swayed by the latest trend. This style can range from anything from Bohemian to Modern Retro, but importantly, realise that most tastes are a fusion of many styles.”

Annie Sloan continues:

“Secondly, it is important understand the style of the property you are working with, an extensive Swedish style renovation might not work in a Victorian house, for example, but taking elements of Swedish style might, if that is your preference. It has been wonderful to work with my son on this book. We have similar tastes, but my approach from a Fine Art background obviously differs from Felix’s background in Graphic Design and this, combined with the synthesis of both our generations, means that we are always learning from one another and inspiring each other.”

Felix Sloan says:

“What we have set out to achieve is not to produce a definitive rule book on a number of styles, but to explain a little bit about each of the popular ones and show how it is possible to work with a number of those successfully, without slavishly keeping to just one. We are all eclectic and have various bits of furniture that we need to incorporate in our homes. We very much believe in avoiding style clichés, Coastal style doesn’t need to be all about seashells for example. If you love Neoclassical you might think it is not possible to replicate this look in your home and you would probably be right, but we show you how to incorporate elements of that, and many other, styles.”