- Series: House Beautiful Series
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Hearst (September 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1588167399
- ISBN-13: 978-1588167392
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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House Beautiful Colors for Your Home: 300 Designer Favorites (House Beautiful Series) Paperback – September 2, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
The paint colors were chosen by talented designers and are their favorite colors. Their word on color is the bottom line because they have experienced color professionally and know what works and doesn't work. Designers always end up with a list of their favorite colors and it is a list that many designers hold close to their chest and don't share. Not here. This is an priceless resource.
That being said, always check your colors before you paint your room. The nature of the printing process is that it's not always accurate, some colors are particularly off. It's not the fault of the author at all. Just use common sense when selecting colors from this book. That means that you must always test your colors on your walls in your room. Paint a large area, at least 4'x4' or even larger and paint it on all four walls. Look at the color in the day time, mid day and under artificial lighting sources at night. It will look different for each situation. Take the time to test before you go out and buy gallons of paint, it will pay off financially and more importantly, in the color result. Trust me, I've done this a million times.
One more thought about the book. As much as I love it, and I do, I wish that there were more examples of the colors in photographs. People have a hard time visualizing.Read more ›
I think the designers descriptions are a much more reliable guide. They often make comments such as:
"Works in any light"
"Brings light into dark rooms"
"My favorite 'go to' neutral"
"Has red undertones"
"Has green undertones"
House beautiful also has a great color tool on their website. Don't worry if it takes several tries to get the right color. Designers do the same thing! Don't give up until it feels just right to YOU!
The only reason it is not five stars is that some of the colors swatches shown in the book are incorrect. I know this because I had already painted my bedroom Benjamin Moore's Seafoam Blue and it is decidedly NOT the color of the swatch in the book. I think there are a few others like that, since the pictures don't always match the swatches. I think all the pics are correct (the picture of Seafoam Blue is correct) and just the swatches aren't quite right at times.
That being said, this is a great book for anyone considering painting a room in their home.
I absolutely agree with the post titled "repainting again" I bought the book because I love the House Beautiful color feature. The color representation is so far off in this book I can't believe it, and this supposed to be a book about color!
I have a room with woodwork painted "String" by farrow and Ball...The color chip in this book is nothing like it at all...I hope no one actually buys paint based on this book!!
I know that people in the field have written in about how you can't trust chips and I am well aware of that, but this book doesn't even come within the ballpark on many of these colors. The magazine represents the same colors quite nicely on the printed page..so it CAN be done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This and the original magazine were immensely helpful as I was picking colors for my renovation. Highly recommneded!Published 18 months ago by Sioux
Great colors, really interesting writing about the effects of color, both visually and emotionally. Great samplesPublished on July 9, 2014 by Amy Ryberg
As a designer and House Beautiful lover, I enjoyed reading what paint colors fellow designers were using and found, for the most part, colors were published as true to hue. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by J. D. Dallas
This is the best book if you are planning on doing any home projects. You must know color before you start anything! Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Studychix
Designers work with paint colors and know which shades and brands work well. This small book lists 300 paint recommendations by designers for their favorite paint colors. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by L. M. Keefer
I am a designer. This is one of most cherished helpful books. I use it for all my color jobs.Published on November 17, 2013 by Susan in Chilmark