Choosing Colours: An Expert Choice of the Best Colours to Use in Your HomeHardback
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- Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 216mm x 266mm 1,197g
- Publication date: 3 October 2003
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1903845777
- ISBN 13: 9781903845776
- Illustrations note: colour photographs
- Sales rank: 1,984,151
Choosing the right colour for your home can be fraught with difficulties, and with literally thousands of shades of paint available in DIY stores the choice can be overwhelming. With this book, Kevin McCloud has taken the hard work out of home decorating by researching, selecting and combining over 750 colours into more than 60 tried-and-tested palettes that will transform your home. Stunningly well produced and printed in six colours on two different paper stocks for astonishing accuracy, each palette provides a blueprint for a decorative scheme that you can transfer to your own home confident in the knowledge that they have been sourced by a renowned authority on colour with a brilliant visual eye. Taken from a wide variety of sources - historical, regional and cultural - each palette is made up of a collection of 3-16 colour swatches and features a photograph demonstrating how the colours can be used in period or contemporary settings. With hints and tips on how best and in what situation to use each colour, the swatches are individually matched to a commercially available paint so that you effortlessly achieve each look.
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Kevin McCloud is one of England's foremost authorities on domestic decoration, and in particular paint. He has written numerous titles on decorating from his first title, Kevin McCloud's Decorating Book first published in 1989 and still in print today, to Choosing Colours which has now been published in over ten languages. Kevin runs a shop specialising in his bespoke lighting in London's Chelsea Harbour and has created two paint ranges for Fired Earth and a range of home furnishings for Debenhams. He appears frequently on television and is the writer, producer and presenter of the extremely successful Channel 4 series Grand Designs which features real people designing and building their own homes. A fifth series of Grand Designs will be aired Summer 2005.
"'He has managed to make the ubiquitous 'painting and decorating your home' book into a serious can't-live-without-it bible.' The Observer 'Uplifting, eye-catching and just so chic' Harpers & Queen"
Table of contents
The palettes: pure colours; period colours; natural palettes; simple palettes; complex palettes; vibrant palettes.