Color Idea Book

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Seeing red? Feeling blue? Or even a bit green? No worries! This beautifully designed, fully illustrated book makes it easy for anyone to express themselves though color. Strangis — an award-winning interior designer with over 20 years of experience — goes beyond simple paint schemes to show how the combined colors of walls, trim, furniture, fabrics, and accessories can give every room a unique personality. From bright and bold to cozy and comfortable, this indispensable guide offers a rainbow of fresh and fun ...

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Overview

Seeing red? Feeling blue? Or even a bit green? No worries! This beautifully designed, fully illustrated book makes it easy for anyone to express themselves though color. Strangis — an award-winning interior designer with over 20 years of experience — goes beyond simple paint schemes to show how the combined colors of walls, trim, furniture, fabrics, and accessories can give every room a unique personality. From bright and bold to cozy and comfortable, this indispensable guide offers a rainbow of fresh and fun ideas for every budget. Color Idea Book is the most complete source of ideas and inspiration for adding color to any room in the house.

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Editorial Reviews

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Stumped about what colors to use for your next decorating project? Or maybe there's a hue you want to bring into your home but you're unsure how to make it harmonize with what you already have. Whatever your color challenge, you'll find fodder for thought in "The Color Idea Book" (Taunton Press, $19.95) by Minneapolis interior designer Robin Strangis. Strangis, owner of Loring Interiors and a contributing Home+Garden writer, breaks the sometimes bewildering spectrum of color choices into bite-sized chunks of insight and information. There are getting-started suggestions, such as how to find color inspiration: visit an art gallery, find a painting that appeals to you and note the colors you see; or open up your closet to see what colors you're naturally drawn to. There are also highly specific tips, such as how to make black walls work. If nothing else, Strangis offers enough designer-insider lingo (such as "bridging fabric" that ties all the colors in a palette together) to help you sound smarter when discussing your next redecorating project." —Star Tribune "(Minneapolis, MN)
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Choosing the appropriate color palette to enliven a home's decor can be a daunting task for an amateur, but these two books will make the challenge easier. Interior designer Chinn supplies some 180 color schemes, each with swatches of color, fabric, and flooring. The page layout, with fabric swatches along the page fore edges, allows for easy access to the ideas. Unfortunately, only a few photographs show how color, fabric, and flooring are used in an entire room. However, interior designer Strangis includes a multitude of photographs depicting various rooms with captions that clearly point out how to combine the elements into a pleasing decor. Interspersed throughout are full-page photographs of a room, which are accompanied on the facing page with color and fabric swatches that show in better detail how to create a look. Both books are recommended for public libraries.


—Gayle A. Williamson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561589142
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/16/2007
  • Series: Taunton Home Idea Books Series
  • Pages: 185
  • Sales rank: 805,407
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Strangis is an award-winning interior designer and the owner of Loring Interiors in Minneapolis. She writes an interior design column for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, is a professional member of ASID, is a Certified Interior designer (MN), and is a member of the Color Marketing Group and the consumer Trends Forum International. She has also served on the board of directors for ASID. Her work has won her three ASID Showhouse awards (1998, 2000, and 2005). She has been a guest designer as well as set designer on Joy Philbin's show HAVEN, and has appeared on Room for Change, Passport to Design, and in several educational videos for The Learning Zone, including The Power of Color, Interior Design Basics, American House Styles, and Accessorizing with Style.

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