The title of a forthcoming interiors book piqued our interest, for who among us is not In The Mood For Colour? Its creator, Hans Blomquist, is a world-renowned art director and stylist, starting work for Ikea in his native Sweden before moving on to work freelance for names like Harrods, Anthropologie and H&M. The book is all about creating mood with colour, not just in how you decorate but also in the items and objects you select to fill you room with. Rather than a decorating how-to, it’s a very personal meditation on colours, memory and inspiration, beginning with a selection of rich-hued shots taken by Blomquist on his travels. Largely inspired by nature, his images of cacti, rope and courgette leaves set out his stall – exploring the vitality, subtlety and power of natural colour. Further chapters examine colour palettes by broad group – “Dark”, “Soft” and “Bold” for example. Throughout the stunning images, by celebrated interiors photographer Debi Treloar, are accompanied by charming insights into colour and how to give it a twist. Here are a selection of our favourite ideas, featuring some of this season’s key colours, perfect for winter decorating.
“To demonstrate how well muddy brown shades can work together I painted large pieces of canvas [in a selection of shades], then stitched them together to create an over sized patchwork. I nailed the finished item to a wall in our summerhouse and it makes the perfect backdrop to the antique workbench.”
“Green is an uplifting, natural addition to any room. The mix of greens in this picture greatly pleases me. The dark green vintage chest of drawers works beautifully with the lighter, pastel green of the old metal container and the deep, fresh green of the leaves on the chestnut branches.”
“A key element to add to any interior or picture is something green. If you look at a room and feel that something is missing, but you can’t put your finger on what it is, try introducing some greenery. It can be a single leaf, a potted plant or a few stems of wild onion flowers, as I have used here in this simple glass jar.”
Blues and greys
“Think of the beautiful paintings of the Dutch Golden Age of the 1600s, when artists painted with such sensibility, highlighting the focal point by surrounding the central motif with a darker background. You can create a kitchen still life using vegetables or fruit. I love the colour of these lychees against the grey-blue tones of the matt wall, painting in Railings by Farrow & Ball. This could have been painted by a Dutch Master, don’t you agree?”
“I have a soft spot for grey-dyed linens, and these dye colours (above) were a near-perfect match with some of my favourite Farrow & Ball colours. This daybed in our summerhouse (below) is layered with soft linen cushions and thicker linen throws. The fabric wall hanging and large bundle of branches add further layers of texture.
All images from In the Mood for Colour by Hans Blomquist, published on 15 November by Ryland Peters & Small. Photography by Debi Treloar & Hans Blomquist © Ryland Peters & Small