Author(s): Kevin McCloud
Want to add some colour to your home but just don't know where to start? Love blue but don't know which shade to choose? In this dazzling new book, Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud has taken all the hard work out of home decorating by researching, selecting and combining over 120 particular colours into 70 tried-and-tested palettes that are guaranteed to transform your home. A stunningly produced sourcebook, it has been put together by an acknowledged expert in the field of paint and colour and printed by the astonishingly accurate hexachromatic ( six colour) process. Each palette provides a blueprint for a decorative scheme that you can transfer to your own home confident in the knowledge that it has been sourced by a renowned authority on colour, while every swatch in Kevin McCloud's Colour Now can also be individually matched to a commercially available paint to help you effortlessly achieve your chosen look. A short introduction describes the history of colour and its replication, colour theory, how to combine colours into a palette and advice on how to use the book. Thereafter the bulk of the book is devoted to the colour palettes themselves - each made up of a collection of between 3 and 8 colour swatches and featuring an inspirational photograph demonstrating its possible use. Every palette is also introduced by a short piece of text describing its influences, potential and variety. Whether your choice is period or modern, rustic or urban, the text and photographs will show how the colours can be used in a variety of ways. Kevin McCloud's Colour Now will be a must-have purchase for anyone considering changing the colours of their home. This is a unique and invaluable reference book, which is destined to remain on the shelves for years, or even decades.
Kevin McCloud is one of England's foremost authorities on domestic decoration and is the creator/presenter of the internationally acclaimed Grand Designs, which features real case studies of people designing and building or making major alterations to their homes. Channelling his ambitions to entertain and make the built environment better, Kevin has written numerous titles on decorating; from his first, Kevin McCloud's Decorating Book, first published in 1989 and still in print today, to Choosing Colours, also published by Quadrille, which is already in 11 languages. Kevin's passion for all aspects of the building process shines through in his feisty columns, frequently seen in The Sunday Times and monthly in Grand Designs Magazine, in which he champions issues such as context, the historic environment and sustainable construction. Drawing upon his design roots, Kevin has also created two distinctive paint ranges for Fired Earth that can be found throughout the UK in major branches of B&Q and Homebase, and is currently working on a range of bathroom accessories for John Lewis.