House Beautiful Colors for Your Home — Books
Some decorating and design books inspire us with professional designers’ rooms and others give practical tips for us to apply in our own homes.
House Beautiful Colors for Your Home, 300 Designer Favorites (Hearst Books, 2008) does both. A truly useful handbook for choosing paint colors, I’ll be referencing it often.
In the book, renowned designers share entries about their favorite colors and those they come back to time and again. More than just “hey I love this color;” designers tell us what room or furnishings to paint that color, and what other colors work well with it.
They share the type of paint and the finish that works best for the color, so I know to whether to buy a high-gloss or eggshell, oil-based or latex.
And every paint swatch includes its color number, so when you need Ruthie Sommers’ perfect beach-house blue, you can confidently stroll into Benjamin Moore and order Blue Seafoam 2056-60.
Colors are organized by shade, by room and by the geographic location that inspired the designer’s choice. There’s a whole chapter of whites, where Jonathan Adler confesses his attachment to a Ralph Lauren tint.
Some designers share formerly “secret” paint mixes like William Hodgins’ formula for “a beautiful dark brown with some gloss to it.” Simply mix Benjamin Moore’s Deck Enamel Rich Brown 60 and Enamel Black C-112-80. Hodgins says, “Try it with white trim and a touch of pink.”
Girls, make note of Mario Buatta’s tip about Benjamin Moore’s Misty Lilac 2071-70, “What you want is anything that makes a woman look more beautiful. Lavender is great for blondes or brunettes….Just don’t tell your husband it’s lavender.”
Yup, this book’s a keeper. House Beautiful Colors for Your Home, 300 Designer Favorites
is a wonderful resource to add to your design library.
And don’t miss Chapter 2, “Colors to Brighten Your Day,” because who doesn’t need that?
What are your “go-to” paint colors? Tell us why.