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.
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.
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.
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.
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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