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.