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Choosing Colours [Paperback]

Kevin McCloud
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2 Mar 2007
Choosing the right colour for your home can be fraught with difficulties, and with literally thousands of shades of paint available in DIY stores the choice can be overwhelming. With this book, Kevin McCloud has taken the hard work out of home decorating by researching, selecting and combining over 750 colours into more than 60 tried-and-tested palettes that will transform your home. Stunningly well produced and printed in six colours for astonishing accuracy, each palette provides a blueprint for a decorative scheme that you can transfer to your own home confident in the knowledge that they have been sourced by a renowned authority on colour with a brilliant visual eye. Taken from a wide variety of sources - historical, regional and cultural - each palette is made up of a collection of 3-16 colour swatches and features a photograph demonstrating how the colours can be used in period or contemporary settings. With hints and tips on how best and in what situation to use each colour, the swatches are individually matched to a commercially available paint so that you effortlessly achieve each look.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (2 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844004406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844004409
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 21.5 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kevin McCloud is best known as presenter of Channel 4's BAFTA-nominated 'Grand Designs', now in its tenth series. He writes books and articles about decoration, design, lighting and colour, and is editor-at-large of Grand Designs magazine. In addition, Kevin is a product and lighting designer and has produced ranges of furniture, lighting and tableware for high street names.

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An inspirational book which will make you want to reach for the paintbrush --Home Beautiful

A unique colour manual. The decorator's ultimate resource. --Publishing News

About the Author

Kevin McCloud is one of Britain's foremost authorities on domestic architecture and design. Kevin is best known as the writer and presenter of the hugely popular Channel 4 series 'Grand Designs' and for his annual coverage of the Stirling prize for architecture. Through his columns in the Sunday Times and Grand Designs magazine he regularly champions issues such as building within the historic environment and sustainable construction. His most recent TV project, Kevin McCloud and the Big Town Plan, saw him initiate a community-led regeneration scheme in a former Yorkshire mining town. Another ambitious project is planned for 2008 as Kevin's company HAB (Happiness, Architecture, Beauty) is set to build around 150 homes within a sustainable community in Wiltshire. Kevin is currently filming a new series of Grand Designs, which will return to our screens later in 2008, but when not filming he continues to design paint ranges for Fired Earth.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I love color in interior design but have never been a whiz at deciding whether this exact blue in conjunction with that exact red will give me this exact effect. McCloud's book ingeniously solves my problem by presenting beautifully simple double-page spreads dedicated each to a particular color scheme with explanation. There are sophisticated schemes based on variations on a single color, well-researched and amusingly explained period palettes, palettes for northern or southern exposures, neutral palettes, vibrant palettes, and probably some I'm forgetting. Possibilities range from pale eggshell sophistication to primary blue on red modern shock. Throughout, McCloud educates the reader about the history of color and its effect on the emotion, always with a light touch and never dipping into dullness. The color reproduction, as you'd expect, is perfect.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erudite but also incredibly accessible 6 Dec 2007
Warning: this book can become addictive. I've just been renovating a whole house and I spent so much time with my head in this book, friends started to tease me. It's beautiful, but it's also thoughtful and brilliantly creative. I can't believe some reviewers on here don't find it useful. McCloud covers so much, from every shade of each colour to period colours (like the 1930s palettes I ended up using) to colours for beach homes or cold climates or loft style apartments. In short, there is a wealth of knowledge in this book and it's written with the passion one has come to expect from McCloud. To those who find this book hard to use, what do you want Kevin to do, come round your house and choose the colours for you? Be creative, pick what you like and experiment. That's the whole idea of the book! I did and I've ended up using colour in a way that I never thought possible.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best colour book ever for interior design! 2 Dec 2004
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This is a superb book.

I am an amateur who's tried to use colour in my home but with disappointing results. I love colour and, over the years, I've looked at many books on interior design and on colour. There are a few good books for painters and graphic designers (Itten's Elements of Color, Color Star and Art of Color) but I've never before seen such a sophisticated but at the same time (elegantly) simple book that goes well beyond the basic colour charts and in a very usable way. I can't wait to try one of the suggested combinations.

I wish Kevin McCloud (whom I've watched in many Grand Designs programmes since we've always wanted to have our own home built but a) can't face the torture involved and b) can't find the land near London) would do something at a similar level of quality for lighting (his 1995 book is out of print).

P.S. In 2009 his new book "Colour Now" was published and he again puts together various palettes that create different moods and effects, explaining as he goes. Lovely.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book! 7 Aug 2009
After having taken this book out of our local library about half a dozen times we decided to buy our own copy, and are so glad we did. It is so useful, grouping colours into 'palettes' and giving loads of sensible advice. The added bonus is the 'paint matches' section at the back of the book, listing all the featured palettes and their individual paint colours and brands.An invaluable book for those planning a make-over or simply re-decorating the sitting room!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I'm in the process of openning a new store. This book was an excellent guide to design my logo, shop color scheme plus business colour ID. I wish I could have direct access to his paints.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just to let you know the website isn'tavailable 23 Aug 2009
I bought this along with Colour Now and love them both for different reasons. I think when this was first published one could link directly to a paint website to allow you to find the paints. this isn't available so makes the search a little harder. If you want an easier search Colour Now is based only on a Fired Earth colour card.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very pretty.. and pretty useless 4 Feb 2005
By Tracy
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This book is a very pretty book. It has lots of nice colours and pictures. But it is very hard to use & I don't feel I've learned much about how to use colour!
And while the colours are very nice, perhaps one reason I still can't work out what colours go with what, is that there aren't many colours in here that I would actually use in my home. The style is very classic / seaside cottage and I'm more of an urban trendy sort of gal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and inspiring 5 Oct 2010
By clare
Having just moved to a new house where all the walls are either white or extremely vibrant, I wanted a book that would guide me through how to use colour in a more 'intelligent' way. This book is great for inspiration and well thought out. I haven't read it cover to cover (but do pick it up often for a flick!) and have found it really useful - how to coordinate colours, themed by period and by style, as well as descriptions of all the colours (sounds unnecessary - but actually really handy!). The bit that would appear to be missing is how colours work in different lights (unless I missed it!), as I suspect this varies quite a lot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
I have a total incapacity when it comes to choosing color and this book is the best help anyone could wish for. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Durao
1.0 out of 5 stars In the land of the blind the one-eyed monster is King,.........
Strictly for the amateur who thinks they understand design - like most of McCloud's critique - 20 years out of date.
Published 6 months ago by Leo Fender was a genius says -
4.0 out of 5 stars useful
a useful book to provide inspiration and help on which colours go with what, especially if you aren't very creative!
Published 8 months ago by M. E. Marozzi
5.0 out of 5 stars best buy !!!
since am a self taught interior person ,I said to get book on painting and colour. this book delivers it all. Read more
Published 12 months ago by minimoj
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect as a secret santa gift for a colleague on an interior design...
Very nice quality book that was happily received by my colleague for the office secret santa, lovely finish, illustrations and explanations - all arriving the next day thanks to my... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Olly O'Conor
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reference book
As I'm a self employed painter and decorator,I have found this book come in handy so many many times, thanks
Published 13 months ago by mr kevin p booth
3.0 out of 5 stars Science of colours. Nice to look at but not sure if practical?
I really enjoyed reading about the science of colours. Never thought of colours like that before. The colour combos suggested are also good.
However.. Read more
Published 14 months ago by B. Yalcin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable
This book should be owned by all homeowners as it gives you lots of suggestions for interior colours that look good together. Read more
Published 15 months ago by helen hopper
5.0 out of 5 stars My copy went missing so had to get another...this book is great
I have found this book absolutely riveting. I am not so much into interior design I guess, so much as I am very interested in living spaces, light and how we interact with our home... Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2011 by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Renata
I love Kevin McCloud and this book has all the colors you can possibly think of. Also the pallets are great and the interiors too.
Published on 25 July 2011 by Renata
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