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
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.