Essential Colour: The Back to Basics Guide to Home Design, Decoration and Furnishing

Author(s): Terence Conran

interior design

If you want to introduce colour into your home but don't know where to start or are too scared to take the plunge, this book guides you through how to get started. Divided into three parts: 1. Understanding Colour: Explains how colour works and the basic groups of warm, cool and neutral tones and the different moods they create. 2. Colour Schemes: Discusses accents, focal points, background, colours, coordinating colours, harmonious schemes, vibrant and graphic schemes, as well as inspiring ideas for every room in the home. 3. Practical Colour: Illustrates the different effects of materials, texture and finishes including paints, papers, fabric, flooring, lighting, fixtures, fittings and display. Contains 100 colour photographs of inspiring colour schemes and ideas to create a harmonious interior.


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Building on the success of bestselling The Essential House Book, which has sold over 150,000 copies and become an iconic brand in home reference. This series brings the values of the original book to a new market at an affordable price. "Terence Conran has been shaping our tastes since the 1950s, and he shapes them still" (Telegraph)

Terence Conran is one of the world's leading designers, retailers, furniture-makers, and restaurateurs. He is Chairman of Conran Holdings, the parent company of his retail and restaurant businesses, and Chairman of Conran & Partners, his architectural and design practice. He also designs furniture for Content and Benchmark. Terence Conran's books include The Essential House Book, Terence Conran on Design, The Essential Garden Book (co-written with Dan Pearson), Easy Living, Small Spaces, Terence Conran on Design, Terence Conran on London, Terence Conran on Restaurants, Kitchens, The Ultimate House Book, Bathrooms, Storage, How to Live in Small Spaces, Design: Intelligence Made Visible, Outdoors, Inspiration and Eco House Book all published by Conran Octopus.

Introduction UNDERSTANDNG COLOUR How colour works; Colour language; Getting inspired; Warm colours; Cool colours; Green; Neutrals; COLOUR SCHEMES Basic considerations; Mood boards; Ready-made palettes; Accent; Focal point; Background; Coordination; Tones & shades; Harmonious schemes; Complimentary schemes; Vibrant schemes; Graphic schemes; Living areas; Kitchens; Eating areas; Bedrooms; Bathrooms; Children's rooms; Halls, entrances & stairs; PRACTICAL COLOUR Basic considerations; Material character; Texture & finish; Paint; Paper; Fabric; Flooring; Lighting; Fittings & fixtures; Display.

General Fields

  • : 9781840915679
  • : Octopus Publishing Group
  • : Conran Octopus Ltd
  • : 0.37
  • : April 2011
  • : 210mm X 149mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Terence Conran
  • : 112
  • : 747.94
  • : 1
  • : Hardback
  • : 100 colour photographs