House Beautiful Magazine’s ‘Color’ Commentary

house_beautiful.jpgI grew up with House Beautiful magazine: My grandmother, mother and aunts subscribed to it for decades (and I love diving into their personal archives). I recently rediscovered the magazine–lured by the February cover–and I feel right at home in its pages.

I particularly love the monthly “Color” feature in the openers section.

Each month, Christine Pittel asks 12 designers to weigh in on a color issue. In February it was painted floors (which yielded surprisingly bold choices); in March it was various shades of blue. (March, in case you missed it, was the “blue issue.”) April covered suggestions for painting south-facing rooms (lots of pastels and neutrals).

OK, I actually hate painting. I really hate painting. But I love color theory.

And I love House Beautiful magazine’s presentation. The colors are presented as small, rough swatches that show texture and brushstroke–a great way to get an idea of what the paint will look like on walls (or floors). A couple of accompanying photographs illustrate suggested color schemes.

Though other presentations of paint are also effective–Better Homes and Gardens magazine‘s March spread of paint can lids, for example–there is something about the clean arrangement of text and graphics that make this section pop.