The colours of…Beautiful Birds in the World

A new book Beautiful Birds in the World by Keisuke Ueda, celebrates – with little in the way of words – the natural wondrous colours of birds. As the Japanese publishing house Pie Books points out, it’s as much for designers and artists looking for inspiration as it is for twitchers. And we’ll add house decorators to that list. It’s impossible not to marvel at the glorious tones presented in these feathered creatures and while some ideas for colour-combining may prove too neon for decorating, others are ripe for stealing –  see blue with orange, blue with brown and blue with black for more information. And what many of the birds featured have taught us – and as many graphic designers will tell you – red is the ultimate punctuation mark that works in almost any tonal scheme.


Bird swatch chart

Pitch Blue, Black Blue, Calluna, Rectory Red, Dimity, Nancy’s Blushes, St Giles Blue, Charlotte’s Locks



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St GIles | Parma Gray | Yellowcakes

St Giles Blue, Parma Gray, Yellowcake




Bird swatch colours

Charlotte’s Locks, St Giles Blue, Yellowcake, Vardo, India Yellow


Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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