The Anatomy of Color

The Anatomy of Color Book Review

The Anatomy of Colour: The Story of Heritage Paints and Pigments is the best historical guide to color, paint, and pigments for interior design, I have found to date.

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Author Patrick Baty is immensely knowledgable and shares what he knows in a way that is accessible to design and color lovers at every level. Even if you don't read a word of the text, the inspiration you will garner from the images is worth the price of the book.He works as a consultant in the decoration of historic buildings and runs the family paint business Papers and Paints in London.

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If you are a professional interested in understanding of pigments, paints, and colors in use over the 300 years – 1660-1960. Baty identifies the forty best sources of information on housepainting and gives a summary of each.

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For those interested in interior design, the book is a fantastic resource for gaining an understanding of historic colors and color palettes. You will get lost look at the hundreds of color cards and pictures of interiors from that period.

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At a glance, you can see how fashion and the technology of the time influenced the color palette and how it changed over the years. The book is a treasure trove of information about color and paint.

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