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Neutral Color Schemes
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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 provide added inspiration. Topics include:
  • Why neutrals are popular
  • How neutrals work with other colors
  • How to use neutrals to create spaciousness
  • How to decide which color scheme to use
  • Understanding the effect of light on color
  • How to layer neutrals
  • Using neutrals and bright colors.
The "Color Directory" has more than 220 pages of palettes and their variations. As well, Alice Buckley tells the stories behind such schemes as northern lights, Parisian elegance, ice cream, white heat and desert beauty. For home decorators and interior designers, Neutral Color Schemes is an essential handbook.
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Alice Buckley is an interior designer and textile designer in London. Her creative works have been exhibited and sold widely across North America and Europe.

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This is a good source that demonstrates how to take a favourite neutral and run with it.--Jane Harrison"Star Phoenix (Saskatoon SK)" (12/27/2008) Author Alice Buckley treats neutrals ("the least understood") with reverence; hers is a practical and engaging primer on color theory.--Kim Yeager"Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN" (02/18/2009) Artists and paint swatch-hoarders will find the book fun to flip through simply for its color pairings.--Katie Aberbach"expressnightout.com" (11/21/2008) Alice Buckley proves neutral doesn't have to beige or boring. Alice Buckley's Neutral Color Schemes sounds about as exciting as generic vanilla ice cream, but the book covers a fair range thanks to its useful formulas for dramatic accents to play off neutral palettes. That twist gives this flip book unexpected kick and makes it an intensely practical handbook for maximizing the effect of neutral colours. In the same vein as Anna Starmer's visual cookbook The Color Scheme Bible [Firefly Books], this is an easy-to-use guide to tapping the potential of neutrals in home decorating, which are now available in a vast and nuanced range of tones.... Even if your dream weekend involves poring over paint chips, this is an important, if not essential, tool for homeowners and interior designers alike. Buckley's Neutral Color Schemes explores ways to add calming colors and touches of drama to a home, sometimes using colors you might never have thought of it as neutral -- colors such as black cherry, olive and spicy amber. Artists and paint swatch hoarders will find the book fun to flip through simply for its color pairings. Neutral doesn't mean bland, as this handbook richly illustrates with dozens of ideas of how to find the right color scheme to match a homeowner's interest. The book shows how to find the mix of colors to suit a room or look, how to blend or contrast colors, why they work together and what mood is evoked with each color... This is a very user-friendly book, helpful to anyone decorating just one room or an entire house. The only problem with the book is that there are so many color possibilities, readers might feel unable to choose just one. Neutral colors are often misunderstood as boring and tired. However, author Alice Buckley delves into the history of neutrals and discusses how to use them effectively.... Photographs make projects easy to implement. Alice Buckley's Neutral Color Schemes sounds about as exciting as generic vanilla ice cream, but the book covers a fair range thanks to its useful formulas for dramatic accents to play off neutral palettes. That twist gives this flip book unexpected kick and makes it an intensely practical handbook for maximizing the effect of neutral colours. In the same vein as Anna Starmer's visual cookbook The Color Scheme Bible [Firefly Books], this is an easy-to-use guide to tapping the potential of neutrals in home decorating, which are now available in a vast and nuanced range of tones.... Even if your dream weekend involves poring over paint chips, this is an important, if not essential, tool for homeowners and interior designers alike. Buckley's Neutral Color Schemes explores ways to add calming colors and touches of drama to a home, sometimes using colors you might never have thought of it as neutral -- colors such as black cherry, olive and spicy amber. Alice Buckley proves neutral doesn't have to be beige or boring. Buckley's Neutral Color Schemes explores ways to add calming colors and touches of drama to a home, sometimes using colors you might never have thought of as neutral -- such as black cherry, olive and spicy amber. The book is both practical and stimulating and is sure to become a well-thumbed handbook for all th ose who wish to design a beautiful and harmonious environment for themselves and their families. This "color scheme bible" is packed with photos of sleek interiors and colorful palette directories... Artists and paint swatch-hoarders will find the book fun to flip through simply for its color pairings.--Katie Aberbach"expressnightout.com" (11/21/2008) The wirebound Neutral Color Schemes: Neutral Palettes and Dramatic Accents for Inspirational Interiors is good to go. Sized to tuck inside your satchel when shopping for paint, fabric and accessories, the reference guide will help jump-start a stalled-out room decor.... Author Alice Buckley treats neutrals ("the least understood") with reverence; hers is a practical and engaging primer on color theory.--Kim Yeager"Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN" (02/18/2009) The format of this book is a user-friendly, coil-bound handbook, offering prescriptive colour combinations. This is a good source that demonstrates how to take a favourite neutral and run with it to create an interesting palette for your entire home.--Jane Harrison"The Calgary Herald" (11/29/2008)

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