• Short Summary

    A young couple visit the Mayfair Colour Centre to get some advise on colour schemes for their home.

  • Description

    Berkeley Square, London.

    C/U of a sign over a doorway reading 'Mayfair Colour Centre'. M/S of a smart young couple, John and Mary Abbott, walking into an office. After speaking to the receptionist, they walk into a small room and sit at a table where a lady consultant is waiting to give advice on colour schemes in the home.

    High angle M/S showing numerous colour swatches spread out on the table; the consultant discusses various colours with the couple and makes notes, then all three walk to another room where they look at several coloured panels. Commentator says "The Centre advises on the general colour scheme... for there are many simple rules that promote harmony and prevent headaches later". The couple sit before a special light box as the consultant fits coloured panels inside; differing lighting on each panel shows how the colour may look in the home.

    A model room is placed before the couple, showing how cool and warm colours can make a room look larger or smaller. M/S of chief consultant Patricia Gorman who ran a similar successful centre in Australia; she talks colour with a colleague. In another room, some women paste colour chips onto colour advice charts. As we hear the Centre concentrates on postal enquiries we see a girl putting documents into envelopes beside a typewriter.

    C/U of several striking colour photographs of interior and exterior colour design for the home; the decor is very plain (no '50s prints) but the use of colour seems quite adventurous for the average home at the time, I would think.

    Note: on file is a shooting script for the story (presumably from the Colour Centre), plus two colour advisory forms.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    41.28
    Media URN:
    2018
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1956
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:56:36:00 / 02:00:06:00
    Canister:
    CP 074

Comments (1)

  1. MadameGuvnor says

    Great film. The lady helping John and Mary looks a bit like the Queen.

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