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   Product Description-Choosing Colors: An Expert Choice of the
                 Best Colors to Use in your Home
This beautiful and unique reference provides an unrivaled mine of inspiration and ideas for anyone wishing to create a colorful
new look for their home or garden! In this stunningly produced guide, internationally renowned interior designer Kevin McCloud
 puts together over 1,000 color chips arranged in over 80 palettes. Each palette—which includes anywhere from 6 to 16 color
    swatches—forms a blueprint for a unique decorative scheme. A palette based on old Chinese silk, for example, is seen
 reinterpreted in a contemporary New York apartment. Plus, each palette features gorgeous photographs that bring the color
      scheme to life, along with invaluable advice and tips for using the colors to transform a room. Readers will also find
       manufacturers’ paint references and numbers, lists of suppliers, and much more. The ultimate color sourcebook!



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Customer Reviews:
108 of 111 people found the following review helpful Even better than having five gay guys remake your place!, March 19, 2004
By Timothy B. Riley (San Antonio, TX USA)
         This review is from: Choosing Colors: An Expert Choice of the Best Colors to Use in your Home (Hardcover) After my
last child moved away to go off to college I moved into a smaller home and I was left with the task of designing my living space
for me, my needs and my tastes, without having to plan things around the three children that I raised largely by myself. I had no
idea where to start other than to start with colors. This book took me step by step through the process of choosing a color
palette that worked for me. At times I felt as though it was over my head due to terms and phrasing that I was not familiar with.
However, now I get rave reviews on my new home from everyone one who sees it, they always ask me, "Who did your place?",
and I humbly tell them that I did on my own. Most women then ask, "How on earth did you ever come up with this color
scheme?". This book will be my little secret. I recommend it to anyone, especially those who might be intimidated by choosing
colors for themselves for the first time.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful Well-researched, useful, pleasure to read, September 17, 2004 By V. Reiss
(NYC)
  This review is from: Choosing Colors: An Expert Choice of the Best Colors to Use in your Home (Hardcover) I know when
colors work in other people's homes but I'm hopeless when it comes to picking my own. This book is a juicy combination of
history, advice and amazing color pallettes that work -- and has been greatly helpful to me in spiffing up my home for the cost of
a few gallons of paint. Each color corresponds to an existing, buyable paint color and McCloud explains the color's personality
and tendencies -- e.g., he points out the blues that look green in certain light, whether a color will be balancing or overpowering,
etc. I especially like his restrained yet, um, colorful opinions on certain colors -- he slips in "this is the color of my kitchen" and
expresses passion for some colors in subtle yet reassuring ways. I've taken his suggestions and have used them to teach
myself about color, pulling a room together and picking the right paint the first time. Can't really recommend this book enough.

94 of 103 people found the following review helpful

Ok.....but not great., August 8, 2004 By S. Bruning
  This review is from: Choosing Colors: An Expert Choice of the Best Colors to Use in your Home (Hardcover) I recently bought
several books on interior color design for the upcoming work I have to do on a newly purchased home.....this book is helpful, but
not great for the average joe that is looking to spice up a house with new colors. Technically written, and sometimes over one's
head, I had a hard time following the thought process. It seems more geared towards the professional. The photography used to
demostrate these colors are in 19th century mansions, and other huge houses. How about the rest of us that live in regular two
story homes with 3 bedrooms that don't contain 13 feet vaulted ceilings and 5000 square feet? Colors are grouped and
catagorized by periods and eras,... and primary colors with all their variations. I just wanted colors that look good together and
make a house flow. I had better luck with other books that grouped colors into styles....contemporary, santa fe, etc.....and
demonstrated these colors in a fashion that allowed the average home dweller to...


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