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House Beautiful Colors for Your Home: 300 Designer Favorites [Paperback]

House Beautiful
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Sept. 2 2008 House Beautiful Series
What transforms a room from monotone to magical? Color! So, if you’re nervous about splashing that white with bright, this conveniently portable primer based on House Beautiful’s most popular column will help. With special insider advice from top designers, plus a directory of actual paint swatches, this book is the most comprehensive and appealing color resource available today. All the colors are searchable by shade and by room, and every paint is accompanied by its manufacturer, name, and number, so you can match what you want right from the book. The guide’s unique format makes everything easy.
Noted designers with long and distinguished careers offer suggestions for every room and mood. They provide advice on which shades to start with and which to experiment with, the classic palettes they keep coming back to, and how the right colors can simply make us feel good. Gorgeous room shots—such as Paula Perlini’s delphinium blue bedroom and Amanda Keyser’s merlot red walls—are accompanied by the exact brands of paint and their swatches, so you can examine the colors closely.
An invaluable guide to color, this book will help you pick the right paints that will add beauty and style to your home.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Handy little book for interior designers.... Feb. 1 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The main reason for ordering this book was to give me some inspiration for choosing paint colours to decorate my home.However I was hoping the information for the paint colours included the formula's as I was wanting to duplicate these colours at my local hardware store as they don't stock the brands stated in the book.I am going to take my book with me next time to see if they can colour match from the swatches shown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars colour fanatics unite! Nov. 20 2010
Format:Paperback
if you love colour and the nuances, this book is pure fun. better than a magazine, (its also actually a bookzine from house beautiful in the US). it is full of quick fun helpful quotes about specific hues. lots of benjamin moore, pratt and lambert, the high end paint companies. a great book. perfect for redercorating or doing a whole house. and yes, there is a u in colour in canadian spelling. good divisions of colour families so its not overwhelming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book to have for selecting interior color July 31 2009
By Susan Hershman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is Susan Hershman, author of the book, 'House Colors: Exterior Color by Style of Architecture'. My book deals with how to choose exterior color for the home. This book's subject matter deals with the interior room . This subject matter was going to be my next book. It was written before I got a chance to do it. My point is that readers are always asking me to write a book on interior color or ask for a recommendation for one. This book is my recommendation.

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. Even if the color is a little bit off, it does show alot more than a color swatch. Still, bravo to the editors of House Beautiful. Well done and thanks a lot for all of those people out there who struggle to get great color for their interiors!
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Colors Are Not Like the Real Chips July 27 2009
By Repainting Again - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm absolutely stunned by how inaccurate the colors are in the book as compared to the actual color chips. I have both BM and C2 fan decks and almost every color is significantly off. I'm almost tempted to write to House Beautiful. Something very wrong must have happened between authoring and editing the book. For example, on one of the pages there is a green wall and the book refers to the color as "Saddle Soap" BM 2110-30. However, Saddle Soap BM 2210-30 is completely brown. Brown as brown can be, not green as pictured. I'm really bummed because at first this book seemed fantastic. But after really looking - this book is not at all helpful.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a handy color reference book! Oct. 3 2008
By E. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love the color pages that appear every month in House Beautiful. This book contains much of that information in one handy location. The book is divided by rooms as well as color families and color inspirations. There is also a very good index. I am a Realtor and often help my customers with color selection. This book provides some great visuals plus the name of the paint color and manufacturer. The photos of the rooms also can give you some excelling decorating ideas.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book Oct. 22 2008
By EllenB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
loved this book, found the colors I wanted without having to go to various stores. Was able to see which colors matched each other and what matched my colors at home. large selection of Benjamin Moore colors.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trust the Description Rather than Your Eyes Feb. 1 2010
By Kristen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I absolutely love this book and have made far fewer color mistakes with its help! It has paid for itself many times over. I agree with the other reviewers who said that the chips in the book weren't a reliable guide, however, that's true with the chips from the paint store as well.

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!
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