C O L O U R D E C O N S T R U C T E D
Tricia Guild is internationally renowned for her unique sense of colour and pattern; in this book she aims to unlock the secrets of her
distinctive style. Why are we drawn to certain colours and patterns? Where does inspiration come from and, most importantly, how do we
translate that into a workable plan for our own homes? The book focuses on colour as a starting point but, through careful dissection,
looks at how other elements of a room come together. Pattern, texture, function and atmosphere are all vital aspects that can make a room
not only look stunning but also serve its purpose and establish the right mood and spirit. Featuring more than forty decorative schemes
arranged in seven colour chapters, it is this seemingly invisible equation that Colour Deconstructed aims to capture and analyse.
C O N T E N T S
p u r p l e v i o l e t w i s t e r i a m a u v e a m e t h y s t M A L L O W h e a t h e r 9
w h i t e e c r u s t o n e a l a b a s t e r c h a l k e a r t h p l a s t e R 3 7
p i n k m a g e n t a f u c h s i a b l o s s o m p e o n y r o s e o r c h i d 6 5
a q u a o c e a n t u r q u o i s e j a d e d u c k e g g E a u d e n i l 9 7
b l a c k g r a p h i t e c h a r c o a l s l a t e r a v e n n o i r s m o k e 1 2 5
g r e e n c i t r u s e m e r a l d l i m e a c a c i a l e a f m o s s o l i v e 1 5 7
b l u e c o b a l t i n d i g o s k y i r i s A Z U R E l a p i z l a z u l i 1 8 5
More people claim blue as their favourite colour than any other – what is it
that makes blue so universally loved? Is it the soaring optimism of the endless
blue skies that it symbolises; the calm, expansive freedom of the ocean;
or perhaps its pensive purity that evokes such strong feelings in many of us?
It is certainly a colour that has been popular for centuries: the ancient
Egyptians used lapis lazuli to represent heaven; the delicate forms of
porcelain of the Ming and Qing dynasties from the first century in China
nearly always featured cobalt blue; the ancient Greeks and Aztecs, too,
favoured blue as the colour of nobility and strength. Nowadays, its
familiar, feel-good quality colours all aspects of our lives – from the blue
of denim jeans to the ink in our pens to classic blue-and-white pottery.
However, the role of blue in decorating has not always been as straightforward.
Many consider it a cold, difficult colour to use, yet the simplicity of
a blue-and-white room is a timeless statement. Blue in all its many guises
offers a variety of different moods to play with, from dramatic to ethereal,
from crisp utilitarian to a lavish richness. The rooms in the following pages
depict a variety of architectural styles and decorative approaches, but the
use of blue throughout confirms its versatility.
In this hallway the ornate doors and lintels are painted a soft dove grey.
The brilliance of the cobalt blue hallway is carried through to this suite of
rooms where a softly shaded wallpaper that graduates vertically from
deepest indigo through cobalt, kingfisher and eventually to white
enhances the space and works with the architecture taking your eye
upwards denoting an ethereal, uplifting sense of space. Informal
chairs covered in washed linen echo the crisp scheme but add a more
decorative note, a pile of cushions add to the air of relaxed formality.
PROBABLY MY FAVOURITE
VIVID AND SURPRISING
A SUDDEN JOLT OF PURE BRIGHT
INTENSE PURE COLOUR
W I T A N D S O P H I S T I C A T I O N
TRICIA GUILD OBE is one of the most influential and
internationally renowned designers of home fashion
and interior design in the world. Designers Guild, the
company she founded has a global presence with showrooms
in over 70 countries worldwide and is universally
known as one of the leading brands in the luxury home
Tricia has been recognized and applauded for her
intuitive and unique sense of colour and pattern with
many awards. Most notably, in 2008 she received the OBE
from HM the Queen for services to interior design and
Designers Guild was voted Best British Design Brand by
readers of UK Elle Decoration for two consecutive years. She
is also an Honorary fellow of the Royal College of Art and
is a passionate supporter of the arts in all forms.
£30.00 Hardback 978 184949 314 7 208pp 210 x 298mm
15,000 words Over 200 colour photographs
Publication 12th September 2013