By Will Taylor, Photography by Andrew Boyd
St. Martin’s Press, $32.50, 191 pages
Even just the cover of Bright Style indicates to the reader that it is going to be a fun, inspirational book. Will Taylor is a respected blogger and the laundry list of Taylor’s clients is impressive. Taylor makes color fun and shares what inspires him. The book is divided into three sections: “Color is Your Friend,” “Bringing Color Home,” and “Color Cocktails.” Taylor suggests ten steps to color confidence and shows over 350 full-color photographs throughout the book displaying color in a variety of formats. He tackles the task of incorporating color using simple ideas such as front doors, staircases, fabrics, painted furniture and colorful chairs. This reviewer loved Taylor’s concept of color cocktails in the second chapter of the book. He shows several global locales that provided the original inspiration. For example, a trip to Spain inspired what Taylor calls “candy crush” and “lime divine.” The big city inspired “the tangerine dream” and the seaside informs “the cerulean splash.”
“I promise you that this book will arm you with the knowledge to imprint your personality on your home by decorating successfully with color.”
Taylor offers steps to implement each one of his color schemes. Pages often have “Will’s color secrets” and explanations of the photos. Bright Style’s last chapter breaks down color by room: hallways, living rooms, kitchens, home offices and more. The resource list at the end of the book offers a variety of sources for many of the cool items displayed in the book. Bright Style is a book for the non-designer that either wants to jump right in to give their space personality or just test the waters by dreaming about what is possible.
Reviewed by Seniye Groff