- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Hearst Books; Auflage: Paperback. (6. November 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1588167399
- ISBN-13: 978-1588167392
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,3 x 2,5 x 18,4 cm
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House Beautiful Colors for Your Home: 300 Designer Favorites (House Beautiful Series) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. September 2008
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With special insider advice from top designers, plus a directory of actual paint swatches, this is the most comprehensive and appealing colour resource available today. All the colours are searchable by shade and by room and every paint is accompanied by its manufacturer, name and number, so they can be matched from the book. The guide's unique format makes everything easy, as noted designers with long and distinguished careers offer suggestions for every room and mood. They provide advice on which shades to start with and which to experiment with, the classic palettes they keep coming back to and how the right colours can simply make us feel good. Gorgeous room shots are accompanied by the exact brands of paint and their swatches, so the colours can be examined closely. An invaluable guide, this book will help add beauty and style to any home.
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Another good feature is that most of the colors aren't shown as just blobs of ink. They are photographs of the paint applied very thick so you see some of the gradations of color in the shadows.
Every color that's shown as just a sample/swatch has a paragraph by the designer. Some of these are too flowery for me. For example, a strong yellow that I don't like because it has too much green in it is described like this: "It's the color of afternoon light - that end-of-the-day moment when it feels warm and mellow and everything has a glow. I'm thinking some beautiful house on the Mediterranean, and we're sitting outside and eating figs with a bottle of white wine." The more down-to-earth comments have useful info like whether they use the paint flat, high gloss, or in between, other colors that work well with the paint, the color combination that makes the paint work for them, etc. It's disappointing to me that some of the interior photos don't have designer comments but instead are written by magazine staff, who mostly belabor the obvious.
A very similar book that I like even more because it is bigger and has bigger color samples is House Beautiful 500+ Favorite Paint Colors Magazine (the ultimate paint guide, spring/ summer 2010). Unfortunately this book is currently out of stock.
My quibbles are minor compared to the inspiration this book provides. The lessons in color should be useful not just for designing rooms but any design work involving color, such as fashion design, quilt design, packaging design and so on.
Designer Jeffrey Bilhuber recommends buying poster board and painting four big pieces of it and putting it on your walls to see what the color looks like in your room at different times of day and night with the varied lighting. If you like to use color on your walls, this book can be an invaluable resource for 300 designer favorites in paint brands and color.
The point is, of course, that paint is totally subjective and relative to where you're trying to put it. Everything depends on the light that comes into the room and how it changes during the day. I've read some of the other reviews that complained about how a few of the real paint chips don't match the colors in the book. So what? There are limits to photography, and one of the first things to know about choosing a paint color is that you must test it in your own house, in the room you intend to paint. A photo may or may not be true to color hue. And light varies from region to region and from house to house.
Recently a friend of mine added on a new, upstairs room to her house. She painted it the most luscious, buttery yellow tint -- Sherwin-Williams "Gardenia." Inspired, I went to the store where she bought the paint and picked up a chip. To my astonishment, "Gardenia" turned out to be peach, not soft, creamy yellow. And in my house it looked horrid, nothing at all like the result she'd achieved.
Although I've been living with my builder-grade beige walls for the past six years in complete dislike, I'm still too chicken to choose color schemes for the house. So instead, I explore my inner decorator through this book's enchanting little essays on color. The small format makes the book easy to carry about. The organization is loose enough that you can dive into it anywhere, in no particular order. I don't think it's intended to be strict decorating advice for what to do with your own rooms; instead, it's simply fun and inspiring. It makes me consider color combinations that I might never otherwise examine on my own. And one day, I hope I'll be brave enough to make a decision and actually paint my walls.
My only disappointments with the book are these: too short, because I'm always greedy for more essays, and not enough photos of rooms painted in some of the color schemes.