The joy of colour

Colour has a huge ef­fect on our emo­tions, and nowhere more so than in the home. Five new books of­fer in­spi­ra­tion on dec­o­rat­ing with all kinds of shades, from rich jewel tones to pale pas­tels

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Five new books that will in­spire you to dec­o­rate with colour


‘In the Mood for Colour’ by Swedish-born stylist Hans Blomquist (Ry­land, Peters & Small, £19.99) ex­plores the way that dif­fer­ent colours have the power to soothe, up­lift, stim­u­late and in­spire. Here are our two favourite pal­ettes from the book.


In an in­te­rior, I like to layer dif­fer­ent shades of blue, from dark­est navy to washed-out corn­flower. There is noth­ing more com­fort­able to wear than denim, and it is just as com­fort­able to live in a moody blue in­te­rior. Dark blue is very calm­ing and tran­quil.


Dec­o­rat­ing with a del­i­cate pal­ette will cre­ate a dreamy look and in­tro­duce colour with­out be­ing too ‘colour­ful’. Pas­tel hues can ap­pear child­ish if they are too pure or baby-like, so choose shades with a dusty fin­ish. Most colours are more com­fort­able to live with if they have black in them, as it makes them dirt­ier and more in­ter­est­ing.


These pal­ettes and many more are fea­tured in new book In the Mood for Colour by Hans Blomquist (Ry­land, Peters & Small, £19.99). ELLE Dec­o­ra­tion read­ers can buy it for the spe­cial price of £14.99 in­clud­ing p&p by call­ing Macmil­lan Di­rect on 01256 302 699 and quot­ing ref­er­ence HV3.

I can never throw away jeans, even when they’re past their best. I used some old pairs to make this table­cloth. The wall is painted in ‘Rail­ings’ by Far­row & Ball (far­ ➤

Deep indigo mixed with nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and other shades of blue, browns and neu­trals cre­ate a sooth­ing bed­room. I like the co­coon­ing at­mos­phere of dark be­d­rooms, where the colours seem to em­brace you.

In Marie Six­tine’s Paris apart­ment ( be­low and right), a warm mix of nat­u­ral wood and soft tex­tiles make the space invit­ing, while the mu­ral, painted by Alexan­dre Poulail­lon, gives a per­sonal look. The space is ex­cep­tion­ally re­lax­ing to be in. All of my s

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