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Neutral Color Schemes: Neutral Palettes and Dramatic Accents for Inspirational Interiors







Neutral Color Schemes: Neutral Palettes and Dramatic Accents for Inspirational Interiors

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A practical handbook for maximizing the decorative effect of neutral colors. This is an easy-to-use guide to working with neutrals in home decorating. Once limited to whites and beiges, today’s neutrals come in an overwhelming range of whispery pinks and yellows, organic grays, greens and browns, and even blacks. Each of the 150+ color palettes and combinations includes notes on where the color is best used; for example, on furniture or as trim. Mood boards, scrapbooks and beautiful images pro

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  • Always Learning says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Serious help for the novice and the professional, September 21, 2009
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    Always Learning (USA) –

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    This review is from: Neutral Color Schemes: Neutral Palettes and Dramatic Accents for Inspirational Interiors (Spiral-bound)
    Alice Buckley has created an ingenious way to self-help when choosing a color scheme for any room or home. She has taken 100+ basic colors, recommended for walls, and pulled together beautiful color schemes, showing you the basic wall color and up to 4 accent colors to consider using with that wall color. On pages 28-31 are small examples of the 102 wall colors with the page numbers of the fuller color scheme listed on each color. This makes it quite easy to find what you’re looking for. Granted you might be looking for a wall color that isn’t depicted, but that doesn’t take away from the book when you consider there are millions of colors one can use. No book can cover them all and it would be ludicrous to expect that. Even 100 colors is ambitious enough.

    She further divides the colors into groups and at the beginning of each group she gives you a beautiful picture of a room using one of the color schemes found in that group. Naturally we’d like to see more pictures, but when you consider that no one will have a room similar to the rooms depicted, there’s no way more pictures would truly satisfy. I can expect the author means you to focus on the color schemes presented, not the room photos. Let’s face it. You’ve got to stretch yourself at some point and do some thinking for yourself. If your color isn’t shown, find one that comes close and adapt.

    Would the book be better with the actual brand and paint color mentioned? No. A book can never reproduce a color exactly as that color would be in reality. Even the paint manufacturer can’t provide you with chips that are perfect representations of their own paint color. So you have to be smart enough to recognize that there is no way to reproduce paint perfectly in a chip or a book and you’ve got to make the best selections you can that appear closest to the colors you find represented, then test the colors first in your home before rolling out a big purchase. There are many factors that will alter the color of the paint once you get it on the wall: lighting, time of day, other colors nearby, etc. So even the best color experts are prone to make mistakes if testing is not done first. Colors also look different on huge surfaces than in small sections. That’s what makes it both tricky and challenging.

    Anyone who would rate this book below a 5 star is naive and doesn’t appreciate the extreme difficulty of creating a book of this sort. Congratulations to you, Ms Buckley, for such an excellent resource. I am happy to recommend this book to anyone wanting help with developing a color scheme that works and plan on using it as a quick resource with my clients.

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  • Anonymous says:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good book to learn about different color schemes, November 29, 2012
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    Carol (Florida, USA) –

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    This review is from: Neutral Color Schemes: Neutral Palettes and Dramatic Accents for Inspirational Interiors (Spiral-bound)
    After purchasing ‘Interior Design Course: Principles, Practices, and Techniques for the Aspiring Designer (Quarto Book)’ and ‘The Color Scheme Bible: Inspirational Palettes for Designing Home Interiors’, this book was a good one to complete this collection. This book provides good techniques for recognizing key elements that build great accents in interiors.

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  • Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing, July 30, 2014
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    Juls

    Love this book, she tells you exactly what colors you should use and where, like curtains this color and this color rug..helps tie together your favorite schemes. I liked he fact that I could find the one with the colors I had and read her advice on how to pull it together and gives ideas. Which helps me!

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