More than any other element of interior design, color sets the mood of a room. Once the palette is limited to a single color, the effect can be dramatic and powerful or sublime. Monochrome features projects by more than twenty internationally known interior designers who have created rooms based around one color. Included are a blue bedroom by Vicente Wolf, a silver dining room for Baccarat by Philippe Starck, an ivory loft apartment by Lee Mindel of Shelton Mindel, and a purple bedroom by Benjamin Noriega. Neutral shades—grays, taupes, and beiges—and crisp, contemporary whites are featured in projects by M Group, Anthony Todd, Noel Jeffrey, and Michael Gabellini.
John Saladino, who is renowned for his cool, subtle tones, has written an introductory text. He touches on the different approaches to color over time and describes the effects created by using a single color in different textures and patterns of fabric and finishes.
From: Introduction, "Seeing Color"
By John Saladino
Color often is not seen. We have to learn to experience it by understanding juxtaposition because every hue of every color is influenced or touched by another. No color can exist in isolation.
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The color of floors and the walls and all the fabrics in a room should be a respectful juxtaposition. If you walk into a color-orchestrated room, you will know. The floor, the walls, the ceiling and all the fabrics in that room are in harmony. Like music, there will be passages and arias so that the whole is a legato, ie, the sum of the parts. Most of us choose color viscerally. That is, we don’t choose a color because of a scientific theory, but rather, what pleases us. Color moves us emotionally just like music. When you walk into a room that’s layered with different shades of blue, or any color, you should have a rise in blood pressure. Sometimes colors that we rarely see in decorating will shock us. Imagine a room done in various shades of magenta—a color we usually see only when worn by a cardinal. Can color be appropriate? Why do we like magenta on a cardinal’s sash or in roses but not on a sofa?
Excerpted from Monochrome by Paula Rice Jackson; introduction by John Saladino. Copyright © 2008 by The Monacelli Press;. Excerpted by permission of The Monacelli Press, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Table of Contents
Michael Gabellini and Kimberly Sheppard
José Solís Betancourt and Paul Sherrill
Daniel Cuevas and Carole Katleman
Something Old, Something New
A Sea Breeze
John F. Saladino
A Choir of Color
A Subtle Hint
Daniel DeSiena and Christopher Jones
The Color of Thunder
Rysia Suchecka / NBBJ