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Think color : rooms to live in
Guild, Tricia.
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San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2003]

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172 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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NK2115.5.C6 G868 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
NK2115.5.C6 G868 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
NK2115.5.C6 G868 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Home Improvement
NK2115.5.C6 G868 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Renowned for her sense of color, sumptuous collections of fabrics and home furnishings, and now a complete line of bed and bath products, Tricia Guild reveals the secrets behind her approach to design in Think Color . For the first time, Tricia herself explains how she brings a room to life, from the initial assessment of atmosphere and dimension through her choice of color, materials, and furniture, right down to the finishing touches such as flowers, cushions, and trimmings. Guiding the reader first-person through her design process, she offers insight into using color to create mood and reveals the sources of her inspiration. This lavishly produced book showcases more than 200 color-drenched photographs featuring gorgeous interiors and highlighting exceptional details. With bountiful insight from a truly exceptional talent, Think Color is an energetic and vital celebration of contemporary home dcor.

Author Notes

Tricia Guild founded Designers Guild in London in 1970. Tricia's passionate contribution to the world of design is both distinctive and stimulating, and she has received several awards, including an honorary fellowship of the Royal College of Art
Elspeth Thompson has been writing about architecture, design, and gardening for more than fifteen years. She is the author of several books, and is the associate editor of the Sunday Telegraph Magazine in London
James Merrell is an internationally renowned still life and interiors photographer whose work appears regularly in magazines and books throughout the world

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Booklist Review

Afraid of color? London designer-author Guild (White Hot [1999]), Painted Country [2002], plus eight others) offers up a rainbow of shades that entice even the most hesitant to peek inside. Blatantly commercial because her own company's furniture, wallpaper, fabrics, and paint dominate, Guild nonetheless provides a relaxing way to start dabbling in home color. Shades are paired with emotions: turquoise, lime, and leaf connote freshness and stimulation; mauve, sea green, and aqua spell purity and serenity; and so on. Within these divisions appear rooms, vignettes, and outdoor tableaux that evoke the desired feeling, accompanied by some authorial musings about the inspiration for each. Food and nature, of course, are well represented. James Merrell's photographs of the fairly minimalist decor are clear, detailed, and evocative of each particular color-emotion swatch. Best of all, these ideas can be translated into any budget. --Barbara Jacobs

Publisher's Weekly Review

When decorating their homes, many people-whether out of a basic design conservatism or in an attempt to hide red wine stains and muddy footprints-settle on beige, camel and taupe for their couches, rugs and drapes. What they may not realize, says designer Guild, is that using color in home decorating can "infuse the mind to create moods or feelings" and "help you break out of conventions." It's not for nothing that Guild is "renowned for her vital sense of color": the sprightly author founded the influential Designers Guild in London in 1970 and has gone on to receive multiple art and design awards. In this attractive book, she offers ideas both grand and simple for jazzing up a room with unexpected shades. Transform an attic bedroom into an airy space by painting the floorboards pale blue. Mix patterns and colors to give a room a dynamic look. When setting the table for an alfresco lunch, dot each place setting with plump flowers. Guild divides the book into chapters on moods and their corresponding colors (e.g., "joyful/vivacious/mandarin/citrus/cerise" and "pure/serene/mauve/sea green/aqua"). Whether readers desire a relaxed bedroom (try indigo) or a vibrant living room (go for berry), they should find plenty of inspiration in these pages. (Jan. 15) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In these two books, the authors share their professional knowledge on domestic interior design. Guild, chairwoman and creative director of Designers Guild, describes how she has used color to create a particular mood, from serene to vibrant, with color photographs that depict her own home and recent commissions. Wheatman continues in the same vein as his Meditations on Design, giving his ideas for the amateur and professional designer. His advice on storage, furniture arrangement, and other topics succeeds in providing fresh ideas to finished interiors. Both books are recommended for academic and large interior design collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
Joyful vivacious mandarin citrus cerisep. 8
Pure serene mauve sea green aquap. 34
Soulful contemplative shell pumice pebblep. 60
Dynamic sexy persimmon berry rosep. 86
Relaxed restful lavender blue indigop. 112
Fresh stimulating turquoise lime leafp. 138
Designers guild fabric and wallpaper directoryp. 166
Designers guild stockistsp. 170
Acknowledgmentsp. 172