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“The Anatomy of Color” is published Aug. 8 by Thames & Hudson. Courtesy Thames & Hudson.
“The Anatomy of Color” is the latest home-design title from Thames & Hudson.

Those with an interest in home design and interior decorating have a new title to add to their reference libraries.

“The Anatomy of Color: The Story of Heritage Paints and Pigments” is out Aug. 8 from Thames & Hudson.

Patrick Baty, an international paint expert, consultant and historian, offers a unique look into the development of paints and pigments, while touching on the evolution of color systems, theories and standards.

“Decorative color is important in our daily lives, yet it is often taken for granted or little understood… Employed with subtlety, color can enhance a building and mask the unfortunate. If mishandled, the effect can be uncomfortable,” Baty, who runs the family paint business Papers and Paints in London, writes in the introduction.

The expansive volume takes the reader from housepainters of the 17th century through trends of the 1960s, when traditional processes seemed on the decline.

It’s certainly a specialty publication, but those with a love of color and design will likely enjoy the sprawling, 352-page survey ($50) that features more than 1,500 illustrations.

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– Mary Shustack

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