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Books We Covet: “Spectrum: Heritage Patterns and Colours”Monday 10 December 2018
Books We Covet: “Spectrum: Heritage Patterns and Colours” ⇒ “Spectrum: Heritage Patterns and Colours” is an awe-inspiring book written by freelance journalist and author, Ros Byam Shaw. Shaw writes about design and interiors for The World of Interiors and House & Garden. She has also authored the Farrow & Ball Living with Colour and Farrow & Ball Decorating with Colour books as well as numerous other books on historic houses and interiors.
In Spectrum: Heritage Patterns and Colours, Ros Byam Shaw analyses each colour palette, from the fifteenth century onward. The interior design specialist has explored and analysed each wallpaper and fabric carefully selected by Here Design from the Victoria and Albert Museum collection, a museum founded in 1852 in London to support and encourage excellence in art and design.
Arranged chronologically, this remarkable book will feature double-page spread and extended captions that explain the significance of each palette. While flipping through the book, you will discover a helpful colour grid beside each pattern, in which the colours in the original piece are shown in proportion to their use, and with their CMYK references to enable designers to replicate these colours into their own work.
Whether you are a specialist in interiors, product design or graphics, Spectrum: Heritage Patterns and Colours will give you great insight regarding colours that will be quite useful for the development of your work. As a whole, the general audience will be quite pleased with this book especially due to how beautifully designed and illustrated it is. It is bound to provide inspiration to those that are invested in the fine arts of interior design.
Lastly, the right mix of browns, greens, and oranges can easily make one travel to the 1970s. This is something that interior decorators have long mastered because specific colours and palettes have the power to evoke strong moods, making a space or piece even more special.
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