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 Choosing Colors: An Expert Choice of the Best Colors to Use in Your HomeThis beautiful and unique reference provides an unrivaled mine of inspiration and ideas for anyone wishing to create a colorful new look for their home or garden! In this stunningly produced guide, internationally renowned interior designer Kevin McCloud puts together over 1,000 color chips arranged in over 80 palettes. Each palette-which includes anywhere from 6 to 16 color swatches-forms a blueprint for a unique decorative scheme. A palette based on old Chinese silk, for example, is seen reinterpreted in a contemporary New York apartment. Plus, each palette features gorgeous photographs that bring the color scheme to life, along with invaluable advice and tips for using the colors to transform a room. Readers will also find manufacturers' paint references and numbers, lists of suppliers, and much more. The ultimate color sourcebook!
  Date Published 1/1/2004

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Rated By: Timothy Riley "rileybirder"
From: St. Louis, MO
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Comments: Even better than having five gay guys remake your place!
After my last child moved away to go off to college, I moved into a smaller home and I was left with the task of designing my living space for me, my needs and my tastes, without having to plan things around the four children that I raised largely by myself. I had no idea where to start other than the start with colors. This book took me step by step through the process of choosing a color palette that worked for me. At times I felt as though it was over my head due to terms and phrasing that I was not familar with. However, now I get rave reviews on my new home from everyone one who sees it, they always ask me, "Who did your place?", and I humbly tell them that I did on my own. Most women then ask, "How on earth did you ever come up with this color scheme?". This book will be my little secret. I recommend it to anyone, especially those who might be intimidated by choosing colors for themselves for the first time.
Rated By: S. Bruning
From: Unavailable
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Comments: Ok.....but not great
I recently bought several books on interior color design for the upcoming work I have to do on a newly purchased home.....this book is helpful, but not great for the average joe that is looking to spice up a house with new colors. Technically written, and sometimes over one's head, I had a hard time following the thought process. It seems more geared towards the professional. The photography used to demostrate these colors are in 19th century mansions, and other huge houses. How about the rest of us that live in regular two story homes with 3 bedrooms that don't contain 13 feet vaulted ceilings and 5000 square feet? Colors are grouped and catagorized by periods and eras,... and primary colors with all their variations. I just wanted colors that look good together and make a house flow. I had better luck with other books that grouped colors into styles....contemporary, santa fe, etc.....and demonstrated these colors in a fashion that allowed the average home dweller to dream......realistically.
Rated By: V. Reiss
From: NYC
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Comments: Well-researched, useful, pleasure to read
I know when colors work in other people's homes but I'm hopeless when it comes to picking my own. This book is a juicy combination of history, advice and amazing color pallettes that work -- and has been greatly helpful to me in spiffing up my home for the cost of a few gallons of paint. Each color corresponds to an existing, buyable paint color and McCloud explains the color's personality and tendencies -- e.g., he points out the blues that look green in certain light, whether a color will be balancing or overpowering, etc. I especially like his restrained yet, um, colorful opinions on certain colors -- he slips in "this is the color of my kitchen" and expresses passion for some colors in subtle yet reassuring ways. I've taken his suggestions and have used them to teach myself about color, pulling a room together and picking the right paint the first time. Can't really recommend this book enough.
Rated By: Diana Sedenquist
From: Los Angeles, CA
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Comments: Very Educational
Wow! What a gorgeous and informative book. McCloud offers up commentary on how color is used in different cultures and throughout history, so when you're making color choices for your own home, you have a delightful sense of how your aesthetic impulses fit in a larger context. Wonderful.
Rated By: Otto V. Kitchens
From: Atlanta, GA
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Comments: Very helpful... with a disclaimer
This is a great book for ideas of decorative color combinations. I found this book much more helpful that just looking at the color chips in the paint section of the local hardware store. I am planning to repaint all of the rooms in my house and want to choose a color palette that allows all the rooms flow chromatically. While some of the color theory is well beyond my area of expertise, it was interesting to read the history of colors and palettes.

Now we come to the "however" part of my short review. The one palette that I really loved and wanted to do my whole house in isn't included in the insert that does the color matching to commercial paints. Every palette is listed in the insert except for two of the 64 palettes, 28 and 29, with palette 28, seascape, being the one I wanted for my house. I still want that palette, so I guess that I may have to do some color matching if I don't get an answer from my letter to the publisher.
Rated By: Madame LeChat
From: Northern California
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Comments: Color my World!
I just received this book today and I can say is WOW! I'm practically on sensory overload. I have tabs marking several of the palettes that I like. Yes, it is a bit technical but oh, baby, give me a lesson in color. I'm very inspired to run out to the paint store and get started. I recognize that beauty is in the eye of the beholder but this book reaffirms that I like certain colors for a reason.
Rated By: J. Taylor
From: Alexandria, VA
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Comments: Spectacular
This is without a doubt the most helpful book around for those of us not naturally gifted when it comes to color. The author offers 700 quite interesting colors in 64 arresting combinations (palettes) to amzaing effect. The palettes are inspired by an extremely wide variety of historical contexts and offer something for all tastes. Moreover, many are quite unusual and surprising. Often, I've looked at a page and been taken aback by an unexpected combination of color that works to wonderful effect. Most helpfully, the author provides information matching most of the colors with commercial paints.

Very few books are both beautiful AND practical. This is both. I've probably got about 100 design books in my library, but this is without any doubt the best of them.
Rated By: Jody "Jody"
From: Phoenix, AZ
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Comments: Very disappointed
Very diappointing for purpose of home decor color inspiration; color quality pale, boring, nothing very interesting. Not the book for me.

Rated By: P. Ramey "doggylover"
From: L.A. USA
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Comments: great source on understanding color
This book really tought me how to look at colors and define them easier in terms of what is was I was looking for. The book also goes in detail on color history and you can apply color in your decorating. Pretty good color swatches accuracy but still not bullet proof in terms of what you'll achieve in your environment. I ended trying our a few colors samples which also depend on who mixes your paint. Do try out any paint first!
Rated By: Sonya "readaholic"
From: Dallas, TX
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Comments: This one did not work for me
I think this book might be helpful for the professional interior decorator. It was just not what I was looking for in a color book. Each section generally starts with a page or two of colors squares, i.e yellow or yellow-orange. It then describes the color (A very 1950's yellow, warm and dense. Look at it with only the colors below and the three to the left). These pages are then followed with photos of rooms using some of the colors. The entire book is arranged this way. The red rooms are almost completely red (page 5-6) and very few of the rooms were my particular taste or style. Some of the color palettes that were used together seemed more jarring than coordinated, except when the author got to the more sedate, calmer colors (pg, 32, 38).

I prefer the BH&G - Color Schemes book which has a more realistic and useable color palette and presents them in beautifully decorated rooms. Again, this one might be more useful to the professional decorator, but for me it was too much text and history.
Rated By: Hanna Forbes
From: Northern Virginia
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Comments: Won't help
Even thou I'm a professional Interior Decorator, this book doesn't give me much info I don't already know, also the colour samples are missing the manufacturer names and numbers to be found in stores. Yet the credits do mention which companies were used.

Everyday home decorator won't find any help from this one.

Two stars for the pretty pictures.
Rated By: A Reader
From: NY
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Comments: Excellent color resource
This book is a great resource for choosing colors - especially if you have difficulty choosing and putting colors together. It provides information as well as inspiration. The pictures are beautiful.