Love Pattern and Colour
The essential guide
by Charlotte Abrahams
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 12 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 14 Oct 2021
Quarto Publishing Group – White Lion, Frances Lincoln
Bursting with beautiful images of pattern designs from all over the world, this book shows how clever use of pattern can change a room: it can create a bold and striking space filled with drama, a cosy, comforting corner, or a cheery, colourful place that lifts the spirits. Being creative with pattern doesn’t just mean choosing it for your walls: there’s a feast of styles displayed here for furniture, lampshades, floors, tableware, curtains and cushions.
Looking at eight popular themes and how they can be used in a huge variety of ways, Love Pattern and Colour shows you designs and styles that can transform your home. Chapters and motifs featured include: Abstracts – brush strokes, marbling, random swirlsBotanicals – trees, leaves, grasses, seedheadsScenes and Stories – Chinoiserie, toile du jouyFlorals – spectacular blooms, country gardenCultural Travellers - paisley, Ikat, Islamic arabesquesGeometrics – stripes, spots, squaresAnimal Kingdom – animal motifs and printsTextures – visual and tactile Charlotte Abrahams loves pattern and wants you to love it too. With her expert advice on how to choose and use pattern, and how to make it work in different spaces, you can find your personal style and decorate your home with flair.
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 18 members
This is a beautiful and useful resource for the design-challenged, or even just the design-not-too-confident among us. It covers a broad variety of styles so everyone can find something to interest them. Along with beautiful photography and inspiration, the text included helpful, accessible discussions of the WHY behind design choices. Those theory lessons will help readers adapt the principles to their own spaces. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
We tend to see a lot of totally white interior decorating these days and it can get boring. This book sets out to convince you to do otherwise and include lots of patterns (mostly colorful) and textures instead, To me, the author did a wonderful job. Not only Is the book chock full of gorgeous photographs showcasing a comprehensive range of patterns, there are accompanying color panels to show you what colors have been used to make it work. My artist heart sang! Whether you’re starting from scratch in decorating your abode or just wanting to add some accent by the use of patterned cushions or rugs or furniture, this book will equip you with ideas and know-how. Love it!
A lovely book, especially for the design-timid like me - I particularly appreciated the color bars for most photos that show exactly how much of the photo is each color. The text explains that they're there so that if you like one you can take the color bar and find your own patterns to create a space with a similar feel (without saying what we all know, which is that ordinary people like us don't have access to the awesome resources that designers do!) My only quibble is that the large feature photos mostly DON'T have color bars - why? Those are obviously the ones the author finds most interesting and wanted to feature! On the whole, though, I highly recommend this book - it offers ways to use very bold color and pattern in a lot of different settings, some of which are very design-y but many of which are extremely "liveable". I'm much more interested in large scale patterns now for my eventual bathroom remodel!
A gorgeous book of design.Full of beautiful photography.The wallpaper the patterns the design suggestions I’m ready to paper and decorate my house following their suggestions.A book to give as a gift to display on your coffee table to dip into again&again.#netgalley #quartro
I must admit to being a bit scared of pattern. In Love Pattern and Colour, Abrahams writes that while humans have been scientifically shown to seek and respond to pattern, there have also been attempts to banish it – Ikea’s ‘chuck out the chintz’ was particularly successful. Looking around my house, I can see the Ikea influence (and not just in the Billy bookcases). Almost all my walls, floors, curtains and furnishings are devoid of pattern. Could this book change my ways? Some of the photos in the book were too much for me : if I moved into a house decorated like them, I’d rip that wallpaper/ flooring / tiling right out! But there were examples of more subtle patterns, inviting bohemian mixes and suprisingly stylish combinations. I also enjoyed that they picked out the colours in each photos and included them in a proportionate swatch. Have I been converted? I’m not going to smother my entire hallway and stairs in a houndstooth check, but I think I will certainly look for ways to embrace pattern in my home. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this arc.
A beautiful addition to any coffee table - this book is simply stunning! For anyone with an interest in interior design, or looking to update their own decor, this book wont disappoint. With beautiful images throughout and sections dedicated to all the styles and inspirations under the sun, this is a book I will be sure to dip in and out of whenever inspiration is needed. ,My thanks to Netgalley, Author and publisher for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book just blew me away with its plethora of ideas on using patterns to liven up your home. The pictures were so gorgeous it made me want to try something with my own place to update it. I especially loved the abstracts and florals. If you are into design/decorating, you may want to check this out. Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Charlotte Abrahams, and the publisher.
Love Pattern and Colour is a wonderful inspirational interior design book. It is filled with pattern, colour and great ideas. It makes a change from the clinical white and plain pictures in many magazines and books. The book is bursting with advice about putting colour, pattern and texture together and it is filled with amazing pictures. If you love homes and interior design this book will have your heart singing.
This book really appeals to me, it is full of colour and patterns that I would love to have in my home, but am to unsure how to blend a room. These days every house I have walked into is the same - white. The furnishing is also bland. When we recently sold our house, we we told that less is more, and white should dominate so the house looked brighter and bigger. Result no personality or sense to the owner. This book shows what can be done with colour and pattern via wallpaper, furnishings and style. I love the book. Full of colour photos and information. There are sections on decorating with botanical, geometric, animal kingdom, cultural travel, abstracts. texture and floral.. A real adventure to the senses and stunning to the eye.