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Inside colour : the secrets of interior style
Taylor, Lesley.
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Publication Information:
London : Cassell, 2000.
Physical Description:
224 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
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NK2115.5.C6 T4 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This guide leads the reader through the principles of combining colour and pattern successfully and then shows how these may be applied in a room-by-room context in the home. A final section explores the different themes underlying contemporary decorating and design.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Taylor's authorial credentials are a bit suspect, with publishing blurbs proclaiming that she's an "established authority on imaginative home decoration." And the title itself inspires few to immediately pull it off the shelf and browse. Yet, skipping the obligatory sections on mixing and matching colors and patterns (and the all-too-ubiquitous color wheel), there is something to be learned from this British author's sensibilities of design. For instance, Taylor separates patterns into four different categories, defines each, and applies them (along with texture and plain color) to individual rooms and 10 periods, from contemporary through Asian. Her ideas are fresh and resonate with a boldness unusual in the U.S. Finally, it's as practical as a design tome could be, with each period summed up in pictures and words, leaving little to the uninspired home decorator to complete. --Barbara Jacobs

Library Journal Review

This title is deceptive, because professional interior designer Taylor covers much more than just colors. Although she begins with an excellent presentation on the use of color and color schemes, she also goes into detail about the use of pattern and texture in interior design. She then shows individual rooms (kitchens, living rooms, and children's rooms, to name a few) and the looks created using various patterns (geometric, floral, motif, and pictorial) or plain color. She concludes with a consideration of historical and regional styles, such as Victorian and Mediterranean, and the color schemes and patterns that exemplify each. This well-organized, beautifully illustrated book will make an excellent addition to professional and public libraries whatever the size. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.