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Article: Color in the home


A house is much more than just a roof over our heads. Our places of dwelling have developed dramatically over the course of history. Homes today have to be incredibly versatile buildings, often serving as a restaurant, kindergarten, hotel, office, library and sanctuary. The places in which we live should be enjoyed, provide protection, respite, peace, inspiration and warmth to all who enter.

Color can dramatically alter any space within a home. The possibilities made available to us by modern paints are almost limitless, and traditional and modern homes alike can be transformed through the clever use of color. Pale colors and whites can instantly refresh a tired room, giving a clean look and creating a bright, spacious atmosphere. Rich colors, such as deep ruby or emerald green, will have an intense effect, creating a more intimate and cozy feeling.

Color in the home cannot be changed as often as we change our clothing, so the color decision is extremely important. This book aims to help you choose that all-important scheme, and to ensure that the choice suits your lifestyle and meets your personal and emotional needs.

Color for today

Color is one of the most exciting raw materials on earth. Since the beginning of time people have been using color to mark territory and decorate their surroundings. Color is powerful -- it can cleanse and revive a tired area in any home, and can change a mood and lift the spirits. Across the globe different cultures attach significance to certain colors. Color can be passionate and sensual, and it can be calming and meditative.


Colors make an impression on all of us, and color and texture help to make our world a fascinating and beautiful place to live. Yet color is a reasonably modern luxury. Only 100 years ago color was the preserve of the wealthy, and there was no color television, no glossy color magazines or hooks, no plastics and limited textile dyes. For the majority, the world was many shades of gray.


However, in the 1950s the chemical industry made it possible to produce many more colors in dye and paint. It is possible today to create over 16 million separate colors. Developments in paint technology have also meant that we can now buy thousands of different paint types, ranging from basic latex paints through to metallic finishes, eco-friendly natural paints and even magnetic paint.

Color with confidence

Using paint is a simple and cost-effective way to completely restore and revive any area in the home. Never before has there been such a wide choice of color in paints, wallpapers, furniture and fabrics, allowing us to make our own designs and statements with color. But with so much choice, where do we begin? With all these possibilities, making color choices for the home can confuse and intimidate both the amateur and professional decorator. Many paint manufacturers boast that they can match almost any color, which is an incredible resource. But how can we decide on that perfect shade?


This book can help you choose the right color for you, your room and its situation, and then show you how to build a stunning interior design around that color. Choosing the correct scheme for a room can transform a space from a tired living area into a stylish one. The right decisions made early on can have dramatic effects, which will not only impress your friends and family, but could even add value to your property. This book will arm you with the theoretical knowledge, a little inspiration and a conviction in your own tastes that in turn will give you the confidence you need to use color to its full potential.


There are many factors to consider before you begin the work of filling a space with color. A small amount of practical knowledge and creative inspiration can go a long way in helping you to make the right choices. When choosing colors for your home, ask yourself some of these questions:

* What is the room to be used for?
* Who uses the room the most?
* What time of day will the room be used the most?
* How much natural light does the room receive?
* What important architectural features are there in the room?
* Which large pieces of furniture are, or will be, in the room?
* Which colors are featured in the rooms directly adjacent to the room?
* What feelings and emotions do you want the room to convey?

Write down your answers to these questions and keep them in mind as you peruse the information and visual references in this book. You will soon hit upon the perfect color scheme for your room.



Further Reading:


book coverThe Color Scheme Bible: Inspirational Palettes for Designing Home Interiors
A practical guide to using color successfully.

The power of color is its ability to influence mood, create atmosphere, and enhance perception. As a result, one of the most effective ways to transform any room is by changing its color. Which colors to use is the challenge.

The Color Scheme Bible is a practical, yet inspiring reference for those who want to take advantage of different colors without clashing. It contains 150 color scheme ideas for home decorators and interior designers.

The book explains how to choose colors that will complement each other for a subdued effect, and which colors and combinations will energize the room.

Topics covered include: - How color creates ambiance and atmosphere - Using color to give a small room the illusion of space and depth - How to create the feeling of warmth and light with color - Distinctive color schemes inspired by nature, art, travel and even a favorite possession.

The book also includes a variety of color combination palettes that can be used with different materials for refreshingly original color schemes.

The Color Scheme Bible is an essential handbook for home decorators and interior designers.

About the Author
Anna Starmer is a color and design specialist whose clients have included IKEA and Dulux paints. Her work has been featured in Elle Decoration, Marie Claire and Vogue.



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