By: Stephanie Hoppen
Publishers Clarkson & Potter New York- 2009
Rampant Red's shared thoughts....The Perfect Palette is a book that breakdown the basic colour theory for the individual use and as a resource for the designer. One of the hardest choices in colour is selecting in your own light and then adjusting the colour by sheen levels. This book is one of the best explanations on sheen levels and finishes, when and where to use them for the best results. As the author Stephanie Hoppen is an international art dealer extraordinaire whose practical approach to art and colour theory shines through in Perfect Palette. I find that when a person has a well trained eye in art and colour theory they are able to seek the complex colour combination with ease and style. This is so obvious here.
The Perfect Palette walks you through colours like Yellow in the means of sunshine to citrus, Blues for sea to sky and colours of orange to brown explained in Earth n Clay. The relation from colour to design is beautifully explained in breakdowns of colour chips and then into stunning photographs. I don't think this book will never date as it doesn't reflect trends, but it allows you to create a palette of colour in all styles. One of my favourite sections was Night n Day as it relates to the greys that we see in many homes today. From the house country to that of the city dweller, and from vintage, modern to traditional styles it is a fantastic design tool.
If I had to rate Perfect Palettes, it would be an easy 8 out of 10. This is a book that is defiantly a 'go to' resource for the designer library.I know that I will be adding it to my shelf. At the same time its also a stunning book for a coffee table where colourful conversation gathers.