Home Decorator's Color and Texture Bible: 180 Complete Schemes for a Harmonious Home

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A comprehensive how-to handbook for combining color and texture with 180 ready-to-use palettes.

This guide for homeowners and professionals offers 180 foolproof combinations for effective colors and welcome textures. Each example is displayed on a single spread using color and texture swatches that clearly show how to create a coordinated decor. The carefully selected palettes include flooring; paint colors and accents; fabrics for furnishings ...

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Overview

A comprehensive how-to handbook for combining color and texture with 180 ready-to-use palettes.

This guide for homeowners and professionals offers 180 foolproof combinations for effective colors and welcome textures. Each example is displayed on a single spread using color and texture swatches that clearly show how to create a coordinated decor. The carefully selected palettes include flooring; paint colors and accents; fabrics for furnishings and drapes; and surface colors, textures and materials.

The book provides dozens of options to suit any taste. Each scheme starts with a floor color, whether existing or newly installed. For example, "Country Casual" features a traditional oak floor paired with muted yellow-greens, deep orange and azure blue, plus the textures of green plaid wool and mossy green chenille.

The Home Decorator's Color and Texture
Bible
features:

  • Basic color theory
  • Choosing and combining colors
  • Traditional floor materials plus newer ones such as bamboo, slate, glass, wenge, smoked oak, rubber, resin, metal
  • Textures such as chenille, linen, raw silk, cotton, deep pile rug
  • All fundamental hues, such as red, orange, yellow, strong green, blue.

The Home Decorator's Color and Texture Bible is a valuable compendium of information and inspiration for professionals and homeowners. The lay-flat concealed-wiro binding makes it extra easy to use.

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Editorial Reviews

Times Union (Albany) - Martha Phifer
A guide to selecting those decorative pieces, which are simple to use and install.
The Globe and Mail (Metro Ed) - Cecily Ross
Chinn's easy-to-use book takes the worry out of co-ordinating the three main elements of any decorating scheme: flooring, colour palette and fabric.... this practical manual will help homeowners pull together every room.... There are also tons of tips.
The Calgary Herald - Karen Turner
[Chinn's] multitude of combinations are sure to inspire.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Jessie Milligan
Decorating ideas that will floor you.... The book's most practical application will be to inspire fresh color combinations with the upholstery and flooring you already have.
The Charlotte Observer - Akron Beach Journal
Who wouldn't like to have an interior designer pick out the colors, fabrics and flooring for your rooms? Adrienne Chinn essentially does that in "The Home Decorator's Color and Texture Bible." ... For more adventurous types, she also provides brief guidance for pulling the elements together yourself.
The Calgary Herald - McClatchy Newspapers
The book's most practical application will be to inspire fresh colour combinations with the upholstery and flooring you now have.
Chicago Tribune-city; The Times (Munster, IN) - Tribune wire services
Who wouldn't like to have an interior designer pick out the colors, fabrics and flooring for your rooms? Adrienne Chinn essentially does that in The Home Decorator's Color & Texture Bible.
The Telegraph (Macon, GA) - McClatchy Newspapers syndicate
Decorating ideas that will floor you.
Edmonton Journal,, REM - wire story
The book's most practical application will be to inspire fresh color combinations with the upholstery and flooring you already have.
Chicago Tribune-City, The Telegraph (Macon) - Tribune wire services/McClatchey newspapers
[It] is a compact handbook with instructions and advice on working with color.
Minneapolis Star Tribue - McClatchy News Service (wire)
The book's most practical application will be to inspire fresh color combinations with the flooring and upholstery you already have.
Herald & Review [Springfield-Decatur IL]
Starting with basics of color theory... Chinn presents 180 palettes from classic to contemporary with tips on combining color to produce desired results.
The Courier Journal (Louisville KY)
Provide[s] lots of inspiration for decorating with paint... [This] is a comprehensive handbook tht explains how to choose colors with confidence.
Chicago Life
No matter what floor you live with, this book has a solution to upgrade your look.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews
From crowd-pleasing neutrals to eye-popping purples, you'll find a lot of help in this toteable spiral-bound book that's easy to lay on a table or take along to the Home Depot.
Grand Magazine
Whatever your style prefernces, you are sure to find appealing rooms in the small, remarkably thorough guide to the daunting design world.
Arlington Heights Daily Herald - Deborah Donovan
The Home Lighting Effects Bible deals with all aspects of this important topic. It's critical, of course, for someone who is remodeling or building a new house. But there are tips that can be achieved even in an existing home. Dos and don'ts highlight each chapter. "Don't choose fixed downlights to light wallhung artwork. Use directional downlights instead. (They provide reflected light.) And there are even ideas for changing something as simple as lampshades, not to mention choosing lamps and pendants.
Calgary Herald - Lisa Kadane
Martin walks readers through the principles of good lighting, pointing out that different rooms have different lighting requirements. She explains the difference between task lighting and ambient lighting and, through colour illustrations, shows homeowners the abundance of choices available. If you get excited shopping for chandeliers, or pondering the merits of pendants versus track lighting, this is the book for you.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune - Kim Yeager
This is one small handbook primed to make a very large impact on your décor. The Home Lighting Effects Bible packs a lot of knowledge into a wirebound guide of equal use to DIY-ers as design professionals. Lucy Martin demystifies the process of layering light to get the best and desired effect, including ideal choices in rooms from sun porches to showers. Straightforward explanations and tips with excellent illustrations and photos help the reader understand the importance of bulb choice to positioning. While many of the lighting configurations shown are modern and luxe, Martin devotes much of her subject to making the most of your space without calling in an electrician. One of the best bits: A full-page photo graphic shows how lamps with three different colored shades look using five different bulbs. Seeing is believing.
Providence Journal - Paula Constantine
If something's just not working with the decor in your room you might not need new furnishings or paint It might be the lighting. The Home Lighting Effects Bible by Lucy Martin Firefly Books is a manageably small and well-illustrated book that breaks down types of lighting positions and how to use them to achieve the look you want It has solutions for indoors and outdoors. This book is not about more-more-more light or dramatic stage-y lighting. The photos tend toward the golden glowing and intimate advising a layered approach to lighting from a variety of sources — ceiling walls, even floor level. Some of the lighting is built in such as the many variations on recessed lighting ways to combine lamps, shades. and bulbs in ways you may not have considered. It's a useful book whether you are building or just looking for an illuminating read for the dark season.
Winnipeg Free Press
One aspect of home design that all interior designers agree on is the ability of lighting to transform a space. Not sure where to begin? Grab The Home Lighting Effects Bible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554073153
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/12/2007
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Adrienne Chinn owns an interior design company in London and writes and lectures on design. Professional and consumer design magazines frequently include her articles on color, texture and fabric.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Using Color and Texture

  • The color wheel
  • Harmonious schemes
  • Complementary or contrasting schemes
  • Split complementary schemes
  • Monochromatic schemes
  • Accent colors
  • Neutral schemes
  • Cool schemes
  • Warm schemes
  • Vibrant schemes
  • Texture and pattern
Section 1: Naturals
White Floors
  • 8 schemes
Cream and Beige Floors
  • 16 schemes
Ocher Floors
  • 8 schemes
Terra-cotta
Floors
  • 16 schemes
Green Floors
  • 8 schemes
Light Brown Floors
  • 16 schemes
Mid-Brown Floors
  • 8 schemes
Dark Brown Floors
  • 16 schemes
Gray and Black Floors
  • 16 schemes
Section 2: Hues
Red Floors
  • 12 schemes
Orange Floors
  • 12 schemes
Yellow Floors
  • 12 schemes
Green Floors
  • 12 schemes
Blue Floors
  • 12 schemes
Purple Floors
  • 12 schemes

Suppliers
Source List
Index
Credits

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Preface

Introduction

You've just unlocked the front door to your brand new condo, walked into the terra-cotta-tiled hallway, across the oak plank living room floor and into the kitchen where, with a huge sigh of relief, you set the box of dishes down onto the faux limestone ceramic floor. Your new home has been painted pristine white throughout, and sisal-effect wool carpet has been laid in all the bedrooms. The bathrooms are tastefully neutral with white fixtures and stone-effect vinyl tiles on the floor. Congratulations! You have a blank canvas upon which to stamp your own personal style. But where do you start?

Or you've just bought an older home. The hallway has a black and white tile floor laid on the diagonal. A mint green carpet decorates the living room. The kitchen has been given another jolt of color with a bright blue rubber floor. Upstairs the bedrooms reflect the personalities of the previous occupants — pink shag-pile carpet in 10-year-old Lisa's bedroom, walnut-effect vinyl in sporty teenager Matthew's room and lilac velvet-pile carpet in 16-year-old Lori's room. The parents, in a burst of East meets West enthusiasm, have gone tastefully neutral with taupe carpet in their master bedroom. Pulling up all the flooring just isn't an option, what with the college fund, the car loan and the new mortgage, but you're just not sure how to decorate your new home to your own taste. What do you do?

This book will guide you through the sometimes daunting task of decorating your home. Whether you live in a newly built condo, a 1950s ranch-style bungalow or a Victorian townhouse, the starting point is often flooring. This book features more than 180 decorating schemes, incorporating paint colors and fabrics in neutral, cool, warm and vibrant tones. The schemes are inspired by a wide range of flooring, from natural materials like stone, wood, linoleum, sisal and wool carpet through colorful man-made products like rubber, vinyl, poured concrete and resin. So whether you prefer contemporary neutrals or country color, you'll find a scheme here to suit you and your home.

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Introduction

Introduction

You've just unlocked the front door to your brand new condo, walked into the terra-cotta-tiled hallway, across the oak plank living room floor and into the kitchen where, with a huge sigh of relief, you set the box of dishes down onto the faux limestone ceramic floor. Your new home has been painted pristine white throughout, and sisal-effect wool carpet has been laid in all the bedrooms. The bathrooms are tastefully neutral with white fixtures and stone-effect vinyl tiles on the floor. Congratulations! You have a blank canvas upon which to stamp your own personal style. But where do you start?

Or you've just bought an older home. The hallway has a black and white tile floor laid on the diagonal. A mint green carpet decorates the living room. The kitchen has been given another jolt of color with a bright blue rubber floor. Upstairs the bedrooms reflect the personalities of the previous occupants -- pink shag-pile carpet in 10-year-old Lisa's bedroom, walnut-effect vinyl in sporty teenager Matthew's room and lilac velvet-pile carpet in 16-year-old Lori's room. The parents, in a burst of East meets West enthusiasm, have gone tastefully neutral with taupe carpet in their master bedroom. Pulling up all the flooring just isn't an option, what with the college fund, the car loan and the new mortgage, but you're just not sure how to decorate your new home to your own taste. What do you do?

This book will guide you through the sometimes daunting task of decorating your home. Whether you live in a newly built condo, a 1950s ranch-style bungalow or a Victorian townhouse, the starting point is often flooring. This book features more than 180 decoratingschemes, incorporating paint colors and fabrics in neutral, cool, warm and vibrant tones. The schemes are inspired by a wide range of flooring, from natural materials like stone, wood, linoleum, sisal and wool carpet through colorful man-made products like rubber, vinyl, poured concrete and resin. So whether you prefer contemporary neutrals or country color, you'll find a scheme here to suit you and your home.

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