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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (March 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609809369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609809365
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bring the world of color into your home. Decorating with Color, the latest from the editors of Martha Stewart Living , features eleven color palettes inspired by nature and everyday objects. Within each palette, whether honeycomb, sea glass, lustreware, or melon, you will discover how to create comfortable, inviting rooms that shelter and soothe.

Color can be intimidating. Many of us rely on neutrals, unsure of how to combine stronger colors without having them clash. Yet for Martha Stewart, a house is not a home until it is filled with color. In Decorating with Color, Martha and the editors of Martha Stewart Living share the lessons they have learned over years of decorating hundreds of spaces. In some cases, changing the look of a room may be as simple as painting the inside of a kitchen cabinet blue or displaying a collection of sunny yellow pitchers atop a dark chest of drawers. Or you might choose a lively green for the bedroom walls but keep the fabrics and furniture understated. The eleven palettes in this book will help you recognize the colors and textures that add up to beautiful, cohesive rooms. In each chapter, you will find examples of paint chips, fabric swatches, and simple, stylish projects to inspire you whenever you decorate.

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Van Note on March 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
I was disappointed with this book. I assumed that Martha had grown along with the trends, so I was sorry to see that the colors in the book are the same ones that have been in her magazine for, like, a decade. There isn't very much useful information in this, and I kind of resent the fact that she is dictating a very limited (and limitING) number of color palettes from which I am supposed to choose. Choice is everywhere in the design world, and the trend is NO trend, so Martha's approach seems very old-fashioned and dictatorial. Even that wouldn't be quite so bad if she were using more current colors than her old stand-bys.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you're into decorating, then yes, this is a book to have, along with some of the other "home keeping" books. However, many of the ideas have been in other books as well. MSLO recycles a lot of ideas, so if you have, say, "Good Things," or "Decorating Details," you'll see one or two things again. However, there are many projects and ideas that have not been republished, so it's good to have more ideas in your collection. I wasn't AS impressed as I was with the other two or three on the subject.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Karen Kern on April 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
My husband and I are at the tail end of redecorating our house and this book came out just in time to help me plan the color scheme for our sunroom (I love the celadon color scheme). I only wish I'd had this book before decorating my other rooms. (I keep looking at my white ceilings now and wishing I'd painted them a color!) Anyone who loves the sophisticated understated monotone color schemes that are one of Martha's trademarks will find this "best of" book a useful addition to their decorating collection.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
please, if you regularly buy martha stewart living magazines, DON'T bother buying this book. unless of course you want to see more of the same, but packaged altogether with nice binding and a deceptively original cover. it's not even actually "more" of the same, but actually "the same" -- this is a compilation of reproductions, old stuff that was published over the years. not too fresh, and particularly aggravating to someone who's a subscriber.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mary Beth Pasteur on March 21, 2002
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How can a new book look this old? It's the same old sagey, seafoamy greens and pale yellows that Martha has pushed for, like, 20 years now. I like Martha, but I was assuming that her new book would be about new colors that are more on trend than this. I'm disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on June 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Martha Stewart's "Decorating with Color" is a wonderful book to help you choose and match colors with the color wheel in mind. I love her overall monochromatic color schemes with an accent color thrown in from the opposite end of the color wheel. I subscribe to her magazines, and while these ideas are featured there as well, it's nice to have them all in one book. I liked this book more than "Decorating Details." Another good decorating book is "Instant Impact" - in my opinion the best of the Trading Spaces books.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 2002
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This book contains a great collection of palettes. They are all pale monotone color schemes, so if that is your taste this book can provide a lot of ideas and inspiration. It includes eleven palettes: off-white, blue, golden brown, lilac, citrus, "spice", blue-green, yellow, celadon, gray, pink. Some cautions: the book does not really cover how to put a scheme together, it is short on specifics and thus is not a great first time how-to book. It does not cover bold or multi-colored schemes. With only eleven schemes, if you you don't care for at least a couple of them the book won't be very useful. But if you already know the basics of choosing a color for a room and you have admired the pale sophisticated work that has been profiled in Martha Stewart Living magazine over the years this is a nice compilation. I really like the book and would definitely recommend its addition to your decorating library.
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More About the Author

Martha Stewart is the author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, homekeeping, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the Emmy-winning daily syndicated television program, and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which publishes several magazines, including Martha Stewart Living; produces Martha Stewart Living Radio; and provides a wealth of ideas and information on her website.