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Color Style: How to Identify the Colors That Are Right for Your Home

Color Style: How to Identify the Colors That Are Right for Your Home

by Carolyn Warrender

Decorating a home is a major investment and we all want to be sure that our choice of paints, wallpapers, and fabrics is the right one. This practical, informative illustrated guide to understanding and using color enables you to create a stylish home that reflects your individual taste and is a pleasure to live in. Based on a pioneering color system called "Living


Decorating a home is a major investment and we all want to be sure that our choice of paints, wallpapers, and fabrics is the right one. This practical, informative illustrated guide to understanding and using color enables you to create a stylish home that reflects your individual taste and is a pleasure to live in. Based on a pioneering color system called "Living with Color," this approach will both simplify and refine all of your decorating and furnishing decisions.
The "Living with Color" system divides the color spectrum into six clearly defined palettes — Air, Wind, Water, Fire, Earth, and Mineral — in addition to a range of Naturals. Each palette is then subdivided into warm and cool shades. Inspiring color photographs show how these palettes can be combined beautifully in interior decoration.
The book then addresses the entire home, room by room, offering practical, straightforward, and economical advice on using different color palettes to achieve particular styles and effects. A superb selection of color photographs illustrates color schemes for both contemporary and traditional kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, halls, bedrooms, bathrooms, children's rooms, and home offices.
Carolyn Warrender demonstrates the practical use of color with step-by-step advice on how to make your own sample board, and with easy-to-follow decorating projects, each showing the use of special paint effects or other color-based techniques. These projects are brought to life by specially commissioned artworks and by the author's own tips for personal finishing touches.
Finally, a questionnaire and a series of checklists enable you to create a personalized portfolio of colors. Once you've identified the colors that you most enjoy, you will be able to create a home that is a true reflection of your personal taste and lifestyle.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Using her trademark "Living with Color" system, British designer Warrender assists home decorators in selecting interior colors that are at once harmonious and a reflection of their own personal tastes. She arranges the color spectrum into following palettes: Natural, Wind, Water, Fire, Earth and Mineral. Each palette is subdivided into warm and cool colors, and Warrender rotely asks readers to take a simple test to distinguish their preference between these two groupings before briefly noting each palette's characteristics. Aspiring decorators learn, for example, that the Earth Palette (shades of spruce, terracotta, olive and bayleaf) works well in rooms with dark wood furnishings. Because the accompanying color charts use British paint names, e.g. Evensong, Vespers, Swansdown, U.S. readers may need to do some research to find American equivalents. Chapters in Section II, "Living with Color," treat individual rooms ("The Kitchen"; "The Bedroom"), supplying detailed instructions for adding unique accents, such as constructing a dado railing for a narrow hallway or brightening up a home office with striped walls. This is a worthwhile color primer, despite the predominantly British cast of the illustrative interiors which reflect different conventions, e.g., multi-hued tiles in an entryway, from those more readily found in American homes. (Oct.)

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Imagine that you are returning home after a long summer holiday. What happens when you turn the key in the lock and walk around the house or apartment, making sure that everything is in place? Do you feel a sense of satisfaction and well-being as you move from room to room, or does a checklist start to form in your mind-I need to replace that carpet; I must do something about the lighting in the living room; how can I make the kitchen more cheerful? As likely as not, you will experience a mixture of positive and negative emotions as you make your tour. Most of us decorate our homes over a period of several years and, during that time, new styles and fashions influence us. We also make fresh discoveries about ourselves. Even the most seasoned interior designers will look for ways to alter and improve their homes as they move through them.

Home decoration is an ongoing process. In this book, I hope to share with you the ways in which I have made that process one that is rich in adventure, enjoyment and discovery. My starting point, and the point to which I return again and again, is color. How can the home owner of today make the most of color? There is certainly no shortage of material with which to experiment-if anything, there is too much. Decorating shops offer the consumer a dazzling range of paints, wallpapers, soft furnishing fabrics, stencil patterns, carpets, rugs and storage systems. What's more, there is a huge range of international styles on the market. Today's buyer can select tables from Singapore, beds and wardrobes from Scandinavia, Shaker-style kitchens, Mediterranean-style bathrooms. With such a vast array of colors and traditions to choose from, itcan be extremely hard to establish your own personal style. How can you experiment with the materials that are on the market without making costly mistakes and ending up with a jumble of styles? And how can you acquire the skills that will give you the confidence to create a house that reflects your particular personality and taste?

I believe that you, and anyone else, can acquire these skills by learning, first, what colors will work best for you and secondly, how to combine these colors so that they bring out the best features in your home. Just as you are likely to feel more cheerful and confident in clothes whose color and style flatter you, so you are likely to feel more at ease in surroundings that enhance you.

The first step is to establish your color palette. When I use color in interior design, I take my inspiration from the natural world. The elements of nature seem to provide everything you need to create color schemes that are harmonious, versatile and enjoyable to live with. So the seven palettes I use are all based on the elements. They are:

The Natural Palette, the Air Palette, the Wind Palette, the Water Palette, the Fire Palette, the Earth Palette and the Mineral Palette.

Within each of these palettes, the colors are subdivided into warm-based and cool-based. Warm-based colors have a yellow base, while cool-based colors have a blue base. And by studying the first chapter of this book and then completing the questionnaire on pages 124-25, you will be able to ascertain which color palette is the best for you. With this as your foundation, you will know how to make the most of the information in Living with Color, the central section of the book (see page 62). Here, you will learn about the ways in which color, light and texture interact with each other, and you will be shown how to experiment with different colors and textures by making your own sample boards. You will also learn how to view your house as a whole, and so create a color scheme that is coordinated in an overall sense. Then a room-by-room analysis will show you how the different components of a room can be combined in colorways that work alongside each other to achieve a particular atmosphere. For each room in the house, a step-by-step project will enable you to create some of these effects for yourself, without needing to employ an interior designer.

I hope that this book will give you the skills you need to use color with confidence, flair and pleasure and that it will be both a source of inspiration and a practical reference work for many years to come.

Carolyn Warrender, London, 1996

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