Colour is one of the most powerful tools in decorating because it creates an impression - warm, energetic, gloomy, cold, and myriad others. "Color Idea Book", part of the best-selling "Idea Book" series, will provide homeowners with concrete ideas for how to colourise every room in their home, in any colour scheme. This book goes beyond just showing beautiful interiors with colours that work well together. It also provides information on how to visualise colour in a room, how to manipulate space with colour, and how to link rooms with colour. The expert author helps homeowners integrate colours in a room by providing photographic case studies of how to combine materials, from the walls to ceiling, flooring to furniture, accents to window treatments, to create colour schemes that work.
Stumped about what colors to use for your next decorating project? Or maybe there's a hue you want to bring into your home but you're unsure how to make it harmonize with what you already have. Whatever your color challenge, you'll find fodder for thought in "The Color Idea Book" (Taunton Press, $19.95) by Minneapolis interior designer Robin Strangis. Strangis, owner of Loring Interiors and a contributing Home+Garden writer, breaks the sometimes bewildering spectrum of color choices into bite-sized chunks of insight and information. There are getting-started suggestions, such as how to find color inspiration: visit an art gallery, find a painting that appeals to you and note the colors you see; or open up your closet to see what colors you're naturally drawn to. There are also highly specific tips, such as how to make black walls work. If nothing else, Strangis offers enough designer-insider lingo (such as "bridging fabric" that ties all the colors in a palette together) to help you sound smarter when discussing your next redecorating project." --Star Tribune "(Minneapolis, MN)