Color for interiors, historical and modern;an essential reference work covering the major period styles of history and including modern palettes for the authentic decoration of homes, institutional and commercial interiors.

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals




ix, 210 p. illus., mounted col. samples. 27 cm.


Descriptive Terms

Color in interior decoration.


Birren, Faber, 1900-


Historic precedents -- The classical tradition and the creative tradition -- The beginnings, Egypt, Greece, Rome -- The freedom of the Renaissance -- French decoration, up through Louis XV -- French decoration, Louis XVI and after -- English decoration, up through Early Georgian -- English decoration, Late Georgian and after -- American periods and styles -- Provincial and native taste -- The decades of Victorianism -- New democracy of the fifties -- American period styles -- The Victorian era -- America: the fifties -- Hospitals and schools -- Industrial plants -- Offices -- Stores -- Food service -- Modern principles -- The agreeable environment -- Illumination -- quantity and quality -- The phenomenon of color constancy -- Psychophysics in hospitals and schools -- Functionalism in industrial plants -- Comfort and efficiency in offices -- Public acceptance in stores -- Note on hotels, motels, theaters -- Appetite appeal in food service -- Personal preference in homes.


New York, Whitney Library of Design


ix, 210 p. illus., mounted col. samples. 27 cm.


Museum purchase, 2007.

Call Number

Coll. NK2113.B5 1963