Capitalization: Headlines

Text references to headlines are up-style, no matter the style—all caps, all lowercase, up-style, or down-style—of the actual headline.

See “Fun Finishes,” opposite.
For more information, see “The Lowdown on Lighting” on page 24.

For uppercase and lowercase headlines, capitalize all main words (adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, nouns, and verbs). Also capitalize the first and last words in a head. In up-style headlines, other words needn’t be capped when they start a line other than the first line, but they can be capped for design purposes. (See also Covers.)

Presents with
a Personal Twist

Presents with
A Personal Twist

Lighting for Less

Lowercase prepositions and conjunctions of four letters or fewer unless they begin a headline (or a line of a headline for design purposes).

for
from
into
like
out
with

Capitalize conjunctions and prepositions with more than four letters (about, before, between, through, without).

All Through the Night

Capitalize that in headlines when used as a pronoun or adjective. Don’t capitalize as a conjunction.

Capitalize prepositions that are a basic part of a verb form.

Wake Up a Breakfast Room
Add On a Bump-Out

EXCEPTION: “to” in infinitives.

to Be
to Do
to Go

Capitalize both words of compound terms and hyphenated words.

Built-Ins for Storage
Built-In Storage
Easy-Care Houseplants
Make-Ahead Meals
Two-Way Desk
Good-Looking
Eye-Catching

Lowercase prepositions and articles in hyphenated multiple-word descriptors.

Out-of-the-Way Storage


Also see the
Titles section of BHGStylebook.com.



 

Capitalization
Acronyms
After colons
Company names
Directions and regions
Generic terms
Headlines
Job titles
Product names
Websites

Zones

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