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Product Details

  • Series: Color Harmony
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564966208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564966209
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,981,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This new book takes the guesswork out of color combinations. It explains color theory in layman's terms. -- House & Garden, 2001

About the Author

Martha Gill is a freelance graphic designer, spokesperson and entrepreneur. She is the author and designer of the Modern Lifestyle Guides a book series created for people with more style than time. Martha has received national recognition with features in the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, LA Times, InStyle and on E!'s Style Network. She lives with her husband and two children in Atlanta, Georgia.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
I'm glad I looked at this in the bookstore before ordering it from Amazon.com (it was on my wish list for a while). With the exception of some pretty pictures similar to what you can find in any decorating magazine, there was nothing inside other than several pages showing block of color combinations. Nothing really new or meaningful about color theory or why the combinations might work. Nothing about how one might use them. I fail to see where the guideline was. Furthermore, while the book jacket advertises paint chips to take to your retailer, there were none in any of the books I examined.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Angel Lee HALL OF FAME on July 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book for anyone serious about decorating their home with professional results. The knowledge of color theory here will enable you to create an environment that will complement your tastes and life style for years to come. A wide range of styles is included and the color principles are adaptable to many more as well.
The book starts out with a brief explanation of the color wheel. Twelve color themes including spicy, exotic, dynamic, natural, luminescent, tropical, tranquil, coastal, classic, icy, luxurious and romantic follow. Each includes a few sample interiors, as well as monochromatic, complementary, analogous, split-complementary and neutral color scheme swatches. There are also many great tips on decorating and choosing accessories.
There are several different books in the color harmony series. This one focuses the most on interiors. While it does not contain as many color combinations or tear out swatches, it includes example rooms and decorating tips that the others do not. It also includes some unique color themes that focus on interiors. I highly recommend Color Harmony Workbook as well as this one for anyone working on decorating their home.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Georgina on May 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
I found this book a real insight for using colour. I have re-done my whole house with her insight, helping me when choosing paint by narrowing in to the hue and tone that I wanted in the room forthe effect I wanted to create.
This book is not for everyone. For those people SCARED of colour stay away. I think that is why it has done so poorly since many people are looking for just neutrals & white on beige schemes. She does have a section in the book on that but it like all of the sections it is on large. The guide to the book is using different colours and schemes instead of creating a whole that is boringly beige/white that sends the senses into shock.For while she is named Martha, M. Gill is not like Martha Stewart going for the bland and easily comfortable. Gill lets you explore colour all the while showing you before you enter how tint, tone, shade and hue will effect the overall design.
Enjoyable & inspiring. Truly opens your mind and senses to colour.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to help me choose a paint for a central room in my house easily viewable from several different living areas. Plus, if you and your partner need to come to agreement, the book puts an "approved" stamp on several different combinations and that cuts down on the intense discussions families can get into when it is time to paint!
Don't buy this book if you don't like color and aren't willing to be adventurous. Perhaps Ms. Gill's Color Harmony: Naturals would be more your ticket.
Thanks, Ms. Gill. I loved the book and can't wait to try out my selections.
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