- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Rockport Publishers (September 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1564968375
- ISBN-13: 978-1564968371
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,245,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Color Harmony Workbook: A Workbook and guide to Creative Color Creations Paperback – September 1, 2001
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Lesa Sawahata is a Seattle-based freelance editor and journalist who has written frequently on the subjects of design, art, architecture, and fashion. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Self, Shape, Allure, The Seattle Weekly, The Village Voice, and many other publications.
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Separated into ambiguously named sections like "Romantic," "Earthy" and "Welcoming," this book depicts photographs of interior design and/or paintings. It then samples the colors and presents them in monochromatic, tertiary, complementary, analogous, and split complementary palettes. Most of the suggested combinations are very vibrant or Avant Garde. On page 32 there is a photo of a room with bright orange walls, light beige cushions surrounded by tan wicker and dark green accents. When you get past the monochromatic colors as depicted on page 25, some unrealistic combinations emerge.
Perforated color combinations appear on each page -- allowing you to go hunting through some of the most awful non-returnable custom paint available. To be fair, not all combinations are bad. Just consider, you can pick up swatch books with interior photographs for free from you local paint store.
The colors are divided in 22 groupings, according to the effect the colors would have: powerful, rich, romantic, vital, earthy, friendly, soft, welcoming, moving, elegant, fresh, traditional, refreshing, tropical, classic, dependable, calm, regal, magical, energetic, subdued, and professional.
Each grouping is represented with a particular color, containing a brief description of that color and its effect, and followed by color combinations which are sorted into monochromatic, primary, complimentary, analogous, split complimentary, split, clash, and neutral. These color combinationas are provided in two formats - one that would remain in the book and another one consisting out of swatches, which can be taken out of the book.
At the end of the book are given CMYK values of 96 colors, plus 10 consisting of white, black and the nuances of grey.
All in all, the book is very well organized.
This is also a great way for artists to give a better atmosphere to their pictures or to simply expand their personal palette when they work on a piece.
Overall I think this book is a must have for artists and designers alike because it teaches you to work with color like the powerful tool that it is.