The Home Decorator's Color and Texture Bible: 180 Complete Schemes for a Harmonious Home

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9781554073153: The Home Decorator's Color and Texture Bible: 180 Complete Schemes for a Harmonious Home

A comprehensive how-to handbook for combining color and texture with 180 ready-to-use palettes.

This guide for homeowners and professionals offers 180 foolproof combinations for effective colors and welcome textures. Each example is displayed on a single spread using color and texture swatches that clearly show how to create a coordinated decor. The carefully selected palettes include flooring; paint colors and accents; fabrics for furnishings and drapes; and surface colors, textures and materials.

The book provides dozens of options to suit any taste. Each scheme starts with a floor color, whether existing or newly installed. For example, "Country Casual" features a traditional oak floor paired with muted yellow-greens, deep orange and azure blue, plus the textures of green plaid wool and mossy green chenille.

The Home Decorator's Color and Texture Bible features:

  • Basic color theory
  • Choosing and combining colors
  • Traditional floor materials plus newer ones such as bamboo, slate, glass, wenge, smoked oak, rubber, resin, metal
  • Textures such as chenille, linen, raw silk, cotton, deep pile rug
  • All fundamental hues, such as red, orange, yellow, strong green, blue.

The Home Decorator's Color and Texture Bible is a valuable compendium of information and inspiration for professionals and homeowners. The lay-flat concealed-wiro binding makes it extra easy to use.

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About the Author:

Adrienne Chinn owns an interior design company in London and writes and lectures on design. Professional and consumer design magazines frequently include her articles on color, texture and fabric.

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Introduction

You've just unlocked the front door to your brand new condo, walked into the terra-cotta-tiled hallway, across the oak plank living room floor and into the kitchen where, with a huge sigh of relief, you set the box of dishes down onto the faux limestone ceramic floor. Your new home has been painted pristine white throughout, and sisal-effect wool carpet has been laid in all the bedrooms. The bathrooms are tastefully neutral with white fixtures and stone-effect vinyl tiles on the floor. Congratulations! You have a blank canvas upon which to stamp your own personal style. But where do you start?

Or you've just bought an older home. The hallway has a black and white tile floor laid on the diagonal. A mint green carpet decorates the living room. The kitchen has been given another jolt of color with a bright blue rubber floor. Upstairs the bedrooms reflect the personalities of the previous occupants -- pink shag-pile carpet in 10-year-old Lisa's bedroom, walnut-effect vinyl in sporty teenager Matthew's room and lilac velvet-pile carpet in 16-year-old Lori's room. The parents, in a burst of East meets West enthusiasm, have gone tastefully neutral with taupe carpet in their master bedroom. Pulling up all the flooring just isn't an option, what with the college fund, the car loan and the new mortgage, but you're just not sure how to decorate your new home to your own taste. What do you do?

This book will guide you through the sometimes daunting task of decorating your home. Whether you live in a newly built condo, a 1950s ranch-style bungalow or a Victorian townhouse, the starting point is often flooring. This book features more than 180 decorating schemes, incorporating paint colors and fabrics in neutral, cool, warm and vibrant tones. The schemes are inspired by a wide range of flooring, from natural materials like stone, wood, linoleum, sisal and wool carpet through colorful man-made products like rubber, vinyl, poured concrete and resin. So whether you prefer contemporary neutrals or country color, you'll find a scheme here to suit you and your home.

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