Spectrum: Heritage Patterns and Colors (Hardcover)

Spectrum: Heritage Patterns and Colors By V&A, Ros Byam Shaw (Introduction and notes by), Caz Hildebrand (With) Cover Image

Spectrum: Heritage Patterns and Colors (Hardcover)

By V&A, Ros Byam Shaw (Introduction and notes by), Caz Hildebrand (With)

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A visual analysis of the colors used in furnishing fabrics and wallpapers from the fifteenth century to today, this book provides inspiration, and practical reference, for designers. 


Interior decorators have long used specific colors and palettes to evoke strong moods—the right mix of browns, greens, and oranges can easily bring you back into the 1970s. Here, in this highly original and digestible book, color palettes from the fifteenth century onward are analyzed and explained by interior design specialist Ros Byam Shaw. The colors used in each wallpaper and fabric are presented in proportional grids, giving a clear understanding of the hues that have become emblematic of their era.


Each wallpaper and fabric, carefully selected by Here Design from the V&A’s collection, is arranged chronologically with its own double-page spread with extended captions that explain the significance of the palette. A color grid is shown beside each pattern, in which the colors in the original piece are shown in proportion to their use, and with their CMYK references to enable designers to replicate these colors in their own work. The result is a book that offers fascinating insights into color that will be of interest and use to designers working today, whether specialists in interiors, products, or graphics. It will also appeal to a more general audience as a beautifully designed book that offers inspiration to those interested in interior design.



The Victoria and Albert Museum is a museum of the decorative arts founded in 1852 to support and encourage excellence in art and design. The V&A is located in London, England.

Ros Byam Shaw is a freelance journalist who writes on design and interiors for the World of Interiors and House and Garden. She is the author of Farrow & Ball Living with Colour and Farrow & Ball Decorating with Colour, along with numerous other books on historic houses and interiors.
Product Details ISBN: 9780500480267
ISBN-10: 0500480265
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication Date: October 16th, 2018
Pages: 256
Language: English
“Spectrum: Heritage Patterns and Colors brims with over a hundred luscious photographs spanning seven centuries of fabric, wallpaper, and archival documents from the V&A Museum…This book is a rich resource.”
— Designers Today