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Product Details

  • Series: Better Homes and Gardens Home (Book 14)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Better Homes & Gardens; 1 edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0696234548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0696234545
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The pictures show how to divide rooms with colors.
InMyOpinion
Often I flip through interior design books looking at the photos, but this one was interesting to read as well as look at.
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If you are needing a little color inspiration and ideas, great book to have.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mandy on February 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have purchased my first house and will soon be tackling the job of painting it. I bought this book to get ideas on how to paint without using neutral colors in every room. This book has opened my eyes to the various color schemes and how to use them. It has a painting wheel inside. It tells you how to use colors and even has a question/answer page in the very back. It gives you a lot of pictures with furnishings and talks about how to tie the color on the walls with the furnishings and vice versa. I really liked how the author explained what the colors draw out, for example, "Yellow. Happiness and good cheer circle the room when you invite yellow inside. Bright citrus and pistachio yellows wake you up while the softer tones of vanilla, cream, and honey warm you like sunshine. Yellow-greens add brightness, golds glow with richness. Whatever your pick--buttercup, mustard, bamboo, or lemon sherbert-- yellow is sure to improve your outlook on life." I had some ideas of how I wanted to paint my house and this book helped me to figure out if I was headed in a good direction. By allowing me to pick a trait I wanted to draw out, for example my living room I would like to draw on conversation, while the bedroom relaxation; this book helped guide me into the correct colors to draw on those attributes. The author speaks in a basic level so the average person can comprehend what they are saying at a basic level. I would recommend this book for beginners, but would also recommend purchasing another book to go with it that may give more ideas.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By amazon's fan VINE VOICE on July 24, 2008
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I'm taking a color class in an interior design program. I have a textbook and various color-related books that I purchased by myself on Amazon. This is one of my favorite of all.

It does introduce some very basic yet important concepts about color in such an understandable language first. Then, it gets into the color application part, explaining how to combine colors to create a certain kind of ambience or impact, in a very easy-to-understand way again.

It is really well written, although it's not written by any certified designers. For beginners who like colors and would like to understand colors, this is the book for you. I highly recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on April 8, 2008
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Clear, concise guide to choosing and co-ordinating colors in the home. Lots of helpful pointers, such as how to unify rooms in the home with the baseboard color. Often I flip through interior design books looking at the photos, but this one was interesting to read as well as look at.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on July 30, 2008
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If you are one of those people who go to a paint store and stare helplessly at the five billion color samples in front of you, zoned out, in a panic over what to decide, then this book is for you.

It runs through such useful categories as starting points--choosing maybe your favorite color or a favorite color from a rug. And then, and this is what really helps, the book goes through all the colors, such as yellow, or red, and shows different hues, different tones, and what other colors go well together with them. Every set of colors shows you a photo of a room using those colors.

There is also a section at the back that includes many neutrals, and shows you how to blend them. If you are terrified of painting everything in your living room blood red, then this part of the book, with its soothing blend of neutral shades, will really help.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Luce on August 5, 2009
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I am facing the daunting task of decorating an entire house, about 12 rooms, and this book is exactly what I need to help me choose color palettes (I felt completely lost in doing so on my own) and guide me in making big purchases. I'm not always crazy about the style of the rooms they show for each palette, but that doesn't really matter as the overall effect achieved is still present. The book is divided by color, so that you have about 5 palettes with yellow as a main focus, 5 with red, and so on. Each page has a decorated room with the palette and squares of the colors (so that you could take the book along shopping to match paint or anything). I initially got the book from the library and then bought it because I was using it so much.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leda on March 16, 2010
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The color schemes in this book are crazy and harsh. I think if you were a teenager you might like the wild color combos in this book. If you want your home a nice warm restful retreat, this is not the book for you. Every page just screems at you with neon color combos. A person would get real tired of living in one of the rooms featured in this book. The color combos are very hard on the eye, so dont waste your money buying this one.
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I bought this after reading many of the reviews on Amazon. I agree with the positive ones! It's not weird, has lots of ideas - both in text and in photos. I certainly recommend it to anyone who is taking on a painting project in multiple rooms with an eye toward coordinating but with an insecurity of how to begin! This is a very helpful book.
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