Bold Books for Color Lovers

Bold Books for Color Lovers

Carolyn Purnell
Feb 11, 2016

Color. Color. Color. It's such a powerful aspect of our lives, and yet most of us probably haven't stopped to think deeply about color as a concept. We appreciate particular colors, arrange them, and live with them, but there's so much more to color than those actions may let on. Here are fifteen books that give color a closer look, including works written by historians who have delved deep into color's past, color theorists who have contemplated its power, and interior designers who put color to its best use.

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Karen's Mid Century Modern Nashville Home

The History of Color

  1. Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay
  2. Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color by Philip Ball
  3. The Color Revolution by Regina Lee Blaszczyk
  4. The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe by Sarah Lowengard
  5. Color and Culture: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction by John Gage

Historical Books About Color

  1. Color Standards and Color Nomenclature by Robert Ridgway, 1912
  2. A Color Notation by Albert Henry Munsell, 1905 (2nd ed.)
  3. Colour-Sense Training and Colour Using by E.J. Taylor, 1908
  4. Theory of Colors by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1810 (original) and 1840 (English ed.)
  5. Chromatics: Or, the Analogy, Harmony, and Philosophy of Colours by George Field, 1845 (2nd ed.)
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Roger & Chris' Bold, Eclectic & Vivacious 160-Year-Old Victorian

Color in Interior Design Today

  1. Color: Transform Your Home by Abigail Ahern
  2. Conran on Color by Terence Conran
  3. Bright Bazaar: Embracing Color for Make-You-Smile Style by Will Taylor
  4. Black & White (and a Bit in Between) by Celerie Kemble
  5. A Colorful Home: Create Lively Palettes for Every Room by Susan Hable and Rinne Allen

What are some of your favorite books on color?

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