Kevin McCloud's Colour Now: An Expert Guide to Choosing Colours for Your Home Paperback – Illustrated, 1 May 2009
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"In 'Colour Now: An expert Guide to Choosing colour for your Home' Kevin puts together the various pallettes that create different moods and effects, explaining as she goes with his familiar, on-camera fluency."
-- Daily Telegraph 'The Property', 11th April 2009
"In Colour Now, Kevin's latest book.... McCloud explores ways to create harmonious interiors using tried and tested paint combinations that use colour in an informed way, exploting it's perceived value and associations to convey unspoken and unwritten ideas and emotions." -- Sunday Telegraph, 19th April 2009
"Picking colours can be a tricky thing...some people can do it naturally - they just know what goes with what...but clever Kevin, of Tv's Grand Designs, has the answer: 'Colour Now' tells you- nay, shows you- which colours go together. He's even listed the colours by number so that you don't get influenced by the frankly bleedin' daft names that maufactures give to their colours...take little swatches to your local DIY shop." -- HEAT, 25th April 2009
"Picking colours can be a tricky thing...some people can do it naturally - they just know what goes with what...but clever Kevin, of Tv's Grand Designs, has the answer: 'Colour Now' tells you- nay, shows you- which colours go together. He's even listed the colours by number so that you don't get influenced by the frankly bleedin' daft names that maufactures give to their colours...take little swatches to your local DIY shop."See all Product description
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However, having sounded a bit critical, the book does give interesting information about the way colours work and the pages at the back are useful although you have to be willing to only use the Fired Earth palatte (it does give a way of finding those colours produced by other manufacturers. Woe betide anyone naff enough to want to use a bright, artificial colour!
I'd give the 2009 edition 5 stars, because not only is it an excellent guide to which colours work together and why, but it includes a numbered grid of all the colours used in the book, grouped into families. This is very useful when you want to choose an alternative to one or more colours in a palette, or choose your own palette using the guidelines given in the book.
In the 2012 edition, the colour grid is reproduced without any numbering, rendering this page useless. I think this is because these were Fired Earth numbers and they no longer use this numbering system. All mention of Fired Earth, (apart from the colour names), has been removed from the 2012 edition, although the colours are still available ( NB I haven't checked all of them!). You don't have to use Fired Earth paints to make use of this book, though. You could match the book swatches to other commercial paint charts, or have paint mixed to match, and some of the colours in a palette will come from other sources; flooring, soft furnishings, etc.
The 2012 edition is still an entertaining guide to colour but there is no new content. One good point is that the book is larger so the swatches are slightly bigger. I prefer the 2009 edition, though, so I have ordered a second hand copy and returned this 2012 edition.
All of us produce attitude by association whether it be our manner of dress or our social stance in our community. Therefore reading these reviews for me is extremely entertaining. The fascination comes from wondering if Mr. McCloud goes too far or not enough with his decorating publications; for me I like them all. The biggest puzzle of all the price. No one has mentioned that. Is it a misprint. Will some one comment on my review and explain? Thank you Amazon for every thing you do.
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