The Color Scheme Bible: Inspirational Palettes for Designing Home Interiors

The Color Scheme Bible: Inspirational Palettes for Designing Home Interiors

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by Anna Starmer
     
 

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100,000 sold in hardcover

It's hard to imagine a more comprehensive look at color scheme possibilities.

—Los Angeles Times

What a cool idea for the color challenged among us... 200 combinations fit for a king and queen and their royal family.

—Booklist

When it comes to decorating, the endless color choices available

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100,000 sold in hardcover

It's hard to imagine a more comprehensive look at color scheme possibilities.

—Los Angeles Times

What a cool idea for the color challenged among us... 200 combinations fit for a king and queen and their royal family.

—Booklist

When it comes to decorating, the endless color choices available are enough to overwhelm the most determined home decorator. The Color Scheme Bible solves that problem, and with hardcover sales of 100,000 its value is well proven. This lay-flat paperback edition is sure to be an equally popular choice.

With 150 color scheme ideas to choose from, The Color Scheme Bible is an easy-to-use and inspiring reference to using color in the home. It describes how colors interact and the effects they have on a room. It explains how to choose colors that complement each other for a subdued effect, and which colors and combinations energize a room. The book also includes 50 recommended palettes that can be used with different materials for refreshingly original color schemes.

Features include:

  • How color creates ambiance and atmosphere
  • How to use color to give a small room the illusion of space and depth
  • 200 distinctive color schemes inspired by nature, art, travel, and even a favorite possession
  • 50 recommended palettes
  • A "How to Use This Book" gatefold.

The Color Scheme Bible changed the way we approach choosing colors for the walls, floors and furniture in our homes. It is an essential handbook for decorators and interior designers.

Editorial Reviews

Reno and Decor
Exceptionally thorough.
Library Journal
Using color in the home can be intimidating, especially for an amateur. These two books present an abundance of information on how to choose colors and what types to use in the home. Whereas Tom Helme and Joseph Friedman's Paint and Color in Interior Decoration focused on the history and examples of color in interior decoration, Rompilla (color theory, New York Sch. of Interior Design) gives a more comprehensive study of color and its use in interiors. She discusses the historic, artistic, and psychological aspects of color as well as explanations on how texture, tone, and light affect it. She also describes how color has been used in the 20th century by both architects and designers. Starmer (Swatch Selector) discusses how to use color effectively in interiors and devotes the majority of The Color Scheme Bible to descriptions of 200 color schemes for the home. The main colors are given in a table-of-contents format where one can select a color and then turn to its page to find suggested room use, different tones of the main color, and accent and highlight colors, as well as the type of mood or look conveyed by each choice. One drawback is the lack of illustrations showing the color scheme used in an actual room, as Starmer provided in Swatch Selector. Color for Interior Design is recommended for large interior design collections, while The Color Scheme Bible is highly recommended for public libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Flare
Mix colors with confidence. You'll find 150 color palettes ranging from pale to passionate.
Booklist - Barbara Jacobs
What a cool idea for the color challenged among us... 200 combinations fit for a king and queen and their royal family.
CanWest News Service - Shelley Fralic
It's a sophisticated mix-and-match system with some surprising color marriages... a useful self-consulting tool for the typical homeowner seeking adventure in a can of paint.
Country Woman
Instant answers.
Interiors - Michael Gordon
An easy-to-follow and difficult-to-botch guide to the spectrum of home decor.
Log Home Living - Mike McCarthy
Starmer doesn't waste a lot of time on the platitudes of how a color will make you feel but offers practical advice on how color combinations match up in each room. You'll also love her take on fabric and surface textures as they relate to color, as well as her tips for selecting task, ambient and mood-creating lighting.
Los Angeles Times - Robin Hagey
It's hard to imagine a more comprehensive look at color scheme possibilities... What makes this book especially useful is the range of suggestions for adding color to every room in the house.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Kathy Flanigan
Illustrates how color alters any space... [Starmer] explains colors, how they might work and how they work together.
Nashville Scene
Works well as both instruction manual and idea book. Full of wonderful photographs, yet conveniently compact, it is a well-written, spiral-bound walk through the color palette.
National Post - Shelly Fralic
A sophisticated mix-and-match system with some surprising color marriages... a useful self-consulting tool for the average homeowner.
Orlando Sentinel - Rebecca Swain Vadnie
200 color combinations for the hue-challenged, from modern and funky to reserved and traditional... a nice alternative to the wall of paint chips.
Romantic Homes - Merrie Destefano
Includes a section on how to combine natural and artificial lighting with color to fashion rooms that will be cozy, even in the midst of winter.
Spokane Spokesman-Review - Cheryl-Anne Millsap
If you're scared of color, or scared of choosing colors for the interior of your home... [this book] could allay your fears.
Style at Home - Jenn Houlihan
Helpful hints for working with light and creating mood... Believe it or not, pistachio-color walls really would look fab with that leaf green sofa.
Woodland Hills Daily News - Jaime Spangrude
Useful... readers will learn the best color combinations to suit their need.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770850934
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
08/30/2012
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
206,467
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Meet the Author

Anna Starmer is a color and design specialist whose clients have included IKEA and Dulux paints. Her work has been featured in Elle Decoration, Marie Claire and Vogue.

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The Color Scheme Bible: Inspirational Palettes for Designing Home Interiors 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 3 reviews.
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CandyGram More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book to help me with my crafts...sewing, quilting, felting etc. Instead, I find that I carry it from room to room redecorating my house and even use it for gardening choices. How wonderful to take your own Interior Designer with you when you shop for paint, wallpaper, furniture, pictures, throw pillows and carpeting!