- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Watson-Guptill (December 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823039951
- ISBN-13: 978-0823039951
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.8 x 11.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,192,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Perfect Neutrals: Color you can Live with Hardcover – December 1, 2006
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About the Author
Stephanie Hoppens gallery in London, with an eclectic selection of prints, paintings, sculpture, glass, and furniture, has catered to a devoted international clientele for the past 40 years. Hoppens books include Choosing Blue, Blue & White Living, Seeing Red, White on White, Quick Chic, Decorating with Pictures, The New Curtain Book, and Picture Perfect. She lives in England.
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Top Customer Reviews
The quality of the photography is outstanding, with crisp, clear detail. The book focuses on the work of a handful of designers in USA, England and South Africa. It is nice to see the geographic dispersion -- the South African rooms, for example, contain feather headdresses on the walls which are just extraordinary and something I've never seen in USA.
If you are doing your own design, you can easily replicate what is presented here. Not only are there schemes to copy, but the author clearly presents a practical methodology to create lovely interiors using the "neutral" fabrics, paints and materials that are widely available today.
I own lots of design books. This one ranks among the very best.
This will become a resource book for me.
MS (Industral designer and colorist)
It is so easy to get lazy and apathetic when choosing a neutral color scheme. Beige, off white, light brown, etc., etc. This book shows, with beautiful photos, how to chose a more muted palette that is still complex, sophisticated and interesting. I really like is the way that the author leads the reader through the process of choosing a color assortment that is both soothing and visual exciting. I recommend this book to those seeking an expert guide to selecting colors that you will not keep you engaged year after year.
I expect to be consulting this book after I move to find some lively, but neutral, color schemes. By keeping the walls and trim neutral I can change furniture, upholstery, art, etc. without having to repaint all the time. I'm certain I'll use accent walls in many rooms but even they can be neutral enough to go with most anything.
All in all I'm very pleased with the book. I'm not a decorating expert nor do I have any knowledge of color theory. I've always thought neutral meant beige. I was surprised at the wide range of choices there are under the heading of "neutral." I feel much more comfortable now picking out color schemes for my next house.