Kevin McCloud's Colour Now: An Expert Guide to Choosing Colours for Your Home

Kevin McCloud's Colour Now: An Expert Guide to Choosing Colours for Your Home

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By (author) Kevin McCloud

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  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 212mm x 20mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 15 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844006999
  • ISBN 13: 9781844006991
  • Illustrations note: over 70 colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 34,176

Product description

Want to add some colour to your home but just don't know where to start? Love blue but don't know which shade to choose? In this dazzling new book, Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud has taken all the hard work out of home decorating by researching, selecting and combining over 120 particular colours into 70 tried-and-tested palettes that are guaranteed to transform your home. A stunningly produced sourcebook, it has been put together by an acknowledged expert in the field of paint and colour and printed by the astonishingly accurate hexachromatic ( six colour) process. Each palette provides a blueprint for a decorative scheme that you can transfer to your own home confident in the knowledge that it has been sourced by a renowned authority on colour, while every swatch in Kevin McCloud's Cool Colours can also be individually matched to a commercially available paint to help you effortlessly achieve your chosen look.A short introduction describes the history of colour and its replication, colour theory, how to combine colours into a palette and advice on how to use the book. Thereafter the bulk of the book is devoted to the colour palettes themselves - each made up of a collection of between 3 and 8 colour swatches and featuring an inspirational photograph demonstrating its possible use. Every palette is also introduced by a short piece of text describing its influences, potential and variety. Whether your choice is period or modern, rustic or urban, the text and photographs will show how the colours can be used in a variety of ways. Kevin McCloud's Cool Colours will be a must-have purchase for anyone considering changing the colours of their home. This is a unique and invaluable reference book, which is destined to remain on the shelves for years, or even decades.

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Author information

Kevin McCloud is one of England's foremost authorities on domestic decoration and is the creator/presenter of the internationally acclaimed Grand Designs, which features real case studies of people designing and building or making major alterations to their homes. Channelling his ambitions to entertain and make the built environment better, Kevin has written numerous titles on decorating; from his first, Kevin McCloud's Decorating Book, first published in 1989 and still in print today, to Choosing Colours, also published by Quadrille, which is already in 11 languages. Kevin's passion for all aspects of the building process shines through in his feisty columns, frequently seen in The Sunday Times and monthly in Grand Designs Magazine, in which he champions issues such as context, the historic environment and sustainable construction. Drawing upon his design roots, Kevin has also created two distinctive paint ranges for Fired Earth that can be found throughout the UK in major branches of B&Q and Homebase, and is currently working on a range of bathroom accessories for John Lewis.

Customer reviews

By Tania 28 Jul 2010 2

If you're wondering if this book is for you, check out the eponymous Kevin McCloud colour range at Fired Earth. If, like me, you find them muted to the point of dull, then, like me, you won't find this book very inspiring. The book basically contains pictures of roomsets illustrating kevin's colour range with philosophical musings on colour under each photo. Some ideas - buy the rug first, then paint the Walls to match it - are quite practical, but most, such as his thoughts on the "tussle between purple green" seem pretty subjective to me. Colour, after all, is a matter of taste, so you just need to know whether you share Kevin's...

By Steve 18 May 2009 5

Having recently moved house, and put off the inevitable redecorating for as long as possible , I was in need of some inspiration .
Kevin's book is not only incredibly simple to follow, but it is packed with some elementary tips that you could easily overlook in your eagerness to get the job done.
By combining the use of colour on walls with associated fixtures and furninshings, this book really helps you to get an overall feel for what your room will end up looking like.
In all, this is a really useful book for both the jobbing DIY'er as well as the serious interior designer , very much recommended.