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Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small, London, NY
Release Date: 1841722251
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Genre:   Nonfiction / How-To / Design
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Reviewer Notes:  Rating 5 of 5

Reviewer Carolyn Howard-Johnson, is the award-winning author of This is the Place, Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered and The Frugal Book Promoter: How to do What Your Publisher Won’t

The Color Design Sourcebook 
Using Fabrics, Paints and Accessories for Successful Decorating 
By Caroline Clifton-Mogg
Photography by Alan Williams

Making Colors Work for You!
Stylish Publisher Offers Colorful Remedies for Your Home

      One of the most stylish publishers that exhibit at Book Expo America each year is Ryland Peters and Small of London and New York. The Color Design Source Book by Caroline Clifton-Mogg is one of their smartest presentations.

      Much more than a how-to book, this is very nearly a piece for the coffee table. The size is impressive, the colors more than catching, the paper quality so luxurious a browser notices the “click, snap” sound of the pages as they turn. Mostly, though, it is the content that keeps a reader between the covers. Clifton-Mogg covers color, pure and simply. She explains what it is, gives something of its history and is off and running with the different color group, nicely arranged so that a researcher can find what she wants and a browser just can’t wait to go from one luscious assembly of colors to another.

      What originally attracted me was the red and yellow room on the cover (naturally!). It reminded me of the room my daughter-in-law put together using bright paint and coordinated fabrics. It is so delectable, such a knockout and works even though she puts these colors in a vintage 1940s house and on antique Duncan Phyfe designs. This book will be a guide for anyone to do the same thing. Anyone who loves his or her home. Anyone who loves color!

       In case this all sounds like a snooze to readers who already know and understand color, don’t believe it. Sections on “Color Zoning,” “Making Shapes,” and “Creating Atmosphere” are sure to please them. Allan Williams’ photography is great, too. Crisp. And dig that fuchsia and deep hyacinth kitchen on page 63! Quick! Grab up a copy for the decorator in your house before your bookstore’s supply is gone.