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Colour Confidence Dark hues can have such an impact and create a sense of drama yet at the same time give a very calm and cocooning feeling.

In his new book, In the Mood for Colour, Hans Blomquist offers a swag of ideas and inspired illustrated suggestions for imaginative ways to inject colour into your home.


hile dark and moody colours can be hard to digest for some and loved by others, many people may long to try them but don’t dare. Dark hues can have such an impact and create a sense of drama yet at the same time give a very calm and cocooning feeling. Choose from the deepest indigo, inky black, thunder grey and earthy brown shades. Variations on these colours will work well with any style of architecture and decor, whether your home is super-modern or more traditional. If you don’t want an all-dark interior, you can still create drama by using contrasting colours. Placing dark pieces of furniture and textiles against a lighter backdrop can be just as effective and arresting as when the walls are dark too, as the objects will be thrown into relief.

While white may be the first choice for many when it comes to choosing colours for their home, it can feel a little boring and safe. To create a successful pale interior, it is important to work with layers of different textures and the lighter shades of various pigments, and to add vintage surfaces into the mix. Creating a textural mix in an all-white room will give it more depth and interest, as the different materials bring an extra dimension to an otherwise plain look. There is nothing wrong with plain, but if you want to add something extra, items with a rich patina will help you create a multilayered effect. Introducing some elements of natural wood will bring warmth and texture to a scheme that may otherwise seem stark. Soften interiors by adding a few vintage pieces, as an all-new, shiny interior can lack soul and personality. A key element to add to any interior is something green. If you look at a room and feel that something is missing, but you can’t put your finger on it, try introducing some greenery. It can be a single leaf, a potted plant or a few stems of wild flowers in a simple glass jar.

This edited excerpt comes from In the mood for colour by Hans Blomquist with photography by Debi Treloar and Hans Blomquist, published by Ryland Peters & Small, and distributed by Bookreps NZ.

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Metropol - 20 October 2016  
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