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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (9 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849750386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849750387
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 25.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ros was born in London in 1960. She read English at Oxford and her first job was working for an antique dealer who specialised in early silver. Her most difficult task was being taken for a walk by two English mastiffs, both of whom weighed more than she did.

Fortunately, it wasn't too long before she was offered a job at The World of Interiors, an innovative magazine based in upstairs rooms on Fulham Road. She was Features Editor for several years, left to work as a freelance writer, and then returned after the birth of her first daughter to work part time. When her second daughter was born, Ros went freelance again which is where she has remained ever since, writing about houses, their occupants and their interiors. Ros has written and contributed to many books and is the recipient of several awards.

In 2002 she moved from London to the West Country to a 16th century house close to the sea. The restoration of the house is now finished, but the large garden is an ongoing project.

She is the author of the forthcoming title Farrow & Ball Living with Colour, along with Interiors by Design, Old House New Home and the bestselling Perfect English and Perfect English Cottage (all published by Ryland Peters & Small).

'Any book by Ros Byam Shaw inspires confidence and delight, being brilliantly researched and handsomely illustrated.' The World of Interiors


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About the Author

Ros Byam Shaw is a former Features Editor of The World of Interiors. Now a freelance journalist, she writes for The World of Interiors, House & Garden and the Telegraph, among others. She is the author of Interiors by Design, Old House New Home, Perfect English and Perfect English Cottage (all by Ryland Peters & Small).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peasant TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Mar. 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is blatantly "by" paint manufacturers Farrow and Ball, so I did expect it to be very much about their products. The series of articles on example houses was pleasant enough, and better and more enjoyably written than many in books which are ostensibly more "independent". Like another reviewer, I would have enjoyed the book a good deal more if it had featured more of the stronger colours, it is all rather a "whiter shade of pale". I do not feel this book gives a very good impression of what can be acheived with Farrow and Ball's paints, which do lend themselves to striking colour schemes which 'work' because the pigments are so subtle - schemes which if attempted in more modern paint shades would be irredeemably garish.

In the section on paints, there were a few useful tips on using colour to disguise your house's faults, and I did learn from them. However, I learnt a lot more from two vintage books which are better on the architectural use of colour, and on strong design. They are Kevin McCloud's The Techniques of Decorating (it doesn't come uo on product link but there are plenty of copies if you enter it into 'search', and the excellent if now rather 'mature' (the wheel of taste has turned full circle) Simple Country Style and How to Achieve it
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on 12 Nov. 2010
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We've just used this book as a great way to narrow down our options for decorating our new flat. The photos are excellent and there is a comprehensive index - for each F&B colour in the book, each page it features on is listed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. R. STEPHENS on 14 Dec. 2010
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As ever Farrow & Ball have excelled themselves in showing how colour can be used to echo a persons character ; raise a beautiful room to one of excellence and yet simplicity , just by using certain shades and colours in different ways .All wonderfully brought together by the intelligent and scintilating writing of Ross Byam Shaw.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Annabelindajane on 20 Dec. 2010
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Apart from being a lovely coffee table book it actually gets you thinking about colour . There are a wide variety of houses ,old new,large ,small basically something for everyone and not at all intimidating.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By M. E. May on 18 May 2011
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I'm decorating my new home and bought this book hoping it would give me guidance on how to use and choose colours. I thought it would have a section on what colours worked best with rooms that face North, South etc., and also some guidance as to what colours to use to create what moods etc. Well, i couldn't find anything in here along these lines at all. The book is layed out in a fashion where it's basically just a photo book with captions telling you what colours are what, and although the pictures are good and interesting, i'm sure you could find them on the Farrow and Ball website and save yourself a bit of money. Also, for a book entitled "Living with colour", the photos are of mainly very neurtrally painted rooms... off whites etc. Pretty but not really a helpful book for decorating. Thank god for Amazon's amazing returns policy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By avid reader on 29 Dec. 2014
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This is a lovely book. Some people have criticised it as an extended advert for F&B paints but anyone who didn't expect this when they bought the book is a bit naive. I like using F&B paints in my home; the most useful aspect of the book is perhaps ideas for combinations because the reproduction of the colours is completely unreliable from looking at these photos, however sumptuous. Not that this matters.

A minor niggle: was it really necessary to have two houses belonging to William Palin, complete with his rather pretentious statements about the 'poetry' and 'dignity'of spaces etc? Both his houses are lovely (how I'd love my dad to buy me a house like that!) but despite being built at opposite ends of the Georgian period they aren't very different at all in style, decor etc. Also, with literally scores of colours to choose from Mr Palin has chosen EXACTLY THE SAME COLOURS in each house, almost to the room! So why on earth include both in a book about colours? It's a wasted opportunity and another house could have been featured. It's terribly unimaginative of the owner - maybe he doesn't want to deviate from an interior designer's scheme? - and a bit dull for the reader.

But rant over...this really is a nice book to have on the coffee table and if you haven't tried the colours they are simply lovely paints to use with wonderful depth and variability to the colours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Expat on 3 Aug. 2014
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This book has some nice interior photos, and those who like the F&B style won't be disappointed. It does read rather like an advertorial, so don't expect too much detailed technical colour advice.
Now here's the problem...the colour rendering in the photos is awful! Not sure if this is a printing error, or they actually deliberately adjusted the hues to make the photos more attractive. However, a quick comparison with the F&B colour chart, and you realise that the colours shown in the book bear no resemblance to the actual F&B colours. Since this is a book about colour, I find that very disappointing!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. A. Petts on 21 Oct. 2010
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I bought this book as a christmas present for a member of my family who is doing a design course. I compared it with a few other books, and it really is lovely. The book price in the shop was £30 so I came home to see if it was on Amazon and saved myself some money. I am quite tempted to keep it myself as apart from explaining all about the heritage colours and history of paint etc it also makes a nice coffee table book. I think personally it was well worth the money.
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