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Conran on Colour

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By Terence Conran

The influence Terence Conran has had on shaping British tastes is hard to understate. The combination of his contemporary outlook, a strong modernist streak and a distinctly English sensibility has proven to be a winning formula when applied to his retail, hospitality, design and manufacturing enterprises.

Now in his 80s, the latest venture to carry the Conran name is a collaboration with British paints manufacturer Master Paintmakers. The range, called Paint by Conran, does pretty much what it says on the tin. It has to be said upfront that the book is a tie-in; but in this case that’s no bad thing.

Drawing on decades of experience, the book is largely an exposition of Conran’s approach to developing colour schemes in domestic dwellings. The book’s structure works at several levels. At the most cursory, Conran on Colour can be treated as a coffee table book, and browsed for inspiration. The interiors are well shot and quite a few of the case studies offer a highly personal insight. For example, Conran showcases his yellow master bedroom wall at his country house Barton Court, and his monochromatic study at Shad Thames, among others.

To his credit, Conran has aspirations for the book to be more than a retrospective of his design projects or a paint catalogue. By gently leading the reader through the origins of various pigments, colour theory and practical considerations, he assembles a toolkit for the home decorator to move beyond the feature wall into colour themes that are more cohesive in their references points, more sensitive to their surroundings and imbued with more character. A concept presented from the outset which underscores Conran’s approach is a quote from Ben Nicholson: “Colour exists not as applied paint but as the inner core of an idea…”

And it’s these aspirations for the book that make it, well, aspirational. If you’re undertaking a significant home decoration project of the kind profiled in the book, then you’re likely to be employing the services of an interiors professional; therefore having less need of the information in this book. However, despite this mismatch in pitch, let us say that a) whether or not you like the Conran style and b) whether or not you intend to use Conran-branded paints, this book contains plenty of good ideas and practical tips making it a valuable resource for the home decorator. Think of it as a primer from which you can build up your own unique colour palette, layer by layer.

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Terence Conran shares a lifetime of experience as one of the world’s leading designers and retailers to explain how to make the most of this vibrant and dynamic ingredient in your home.

Terence Conran shares a lifetime of experience as one of the world’s leading designers and retailers to explain how to make the most of this vibrant and dynamic ingredient in your home.
Subtle and allusive, bold and invigorating, colour is one of the single most powerful elements in design and decoration. Even its absence makes its presence felt. The choice of colours on offer to the home decorator is dazzling and potentially baffling – from coloured saucepans and kitchen appliances to paint and tiles – and colour, like never before, is affordable and accessible. Yet handling colour effectively does take both confidence and a degree of expertise.

In Conran on Colour Terence Conran shares a lifetime of experience as one of the world’s leading designers, retailers and restaurateurs to explain how to make the most of this vibrant and dynamic ingredient. With reference to a wide range of sources, from nature and fashion to street markets and works of art, he reveals how to translate such examples into practical strategies for bringing colour into your home.

Packed with fascinating detail, sound advice and a wealth of inspiration, the book is illustrated with engaging contemporary interiors from around the world – homes that display a fresh blend of thoughtful design and individual character. As such examples reveal, using colour successfully is as much about well-judged accents and focal points as it is in the choice of wall colour or floor covering.

Published by Octopus Books
ISBN 9781840916744

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