dark stormy days and autumnal earthy colours; this is a palette Blomquist recommends for atmospheric rooms.

“Even though I don’t like rainy days, I love it when, thundery rain clouds roll in because their deep tones are astounding, and every other hue sits so well against them, especially the bright green of spring leaves,” he says.

BLEACHED & WEATHERED - Natural colour schemes have a depth and softness to them, says Blomquist, and feel so unmanufactured and true in their shades that they’ll always bring a sense of integrity to your home and make it feel warm, inviting and relaxed.

“I’m always collecting pieces of wood from the beach and the forest. I use some to light the fire, but the sculptural pieces usually end up on display and inspire me in my choice of colours,” he explains.

“There’s nothing like the faded colours of smooth driftwood, washed vintage French linen, or antique grey painted furniture. I love everything about these soft, warm tones.

“I like to mix vintage and new, textural wood playing off shiny porcelain, and if you feel the whole is too bland, introduce some greenery - a single leaf or a pot plant can be the last extra touch needed.”

DIP INTO PALE SHADES - If you have plain white walls, add layers of texture and introduce different shades of soft white to make a room more inviting. Layer textiles in different weaves or colours, hang a panel of vintage fabric as a work of art. A collection of vintage mirrors will reflect and accentuate any light in the room and is particularly effective in making a small space appear larger.

STORMY DAYS - Towards the end of summer vivid hues begin to fade and moodier colours appear along with


“While you may be reluctant to repaint a room pitch black, I’m sure you would be pleasantly surprised if you did, as it’s such a chic, comfortable colour to live with. I wish I had more dark colours in my home.

“A dark backdrop can have such an impact and create a sense of drama, yet at the same time give a very calm and cocooning feeling. It also makes any other colour stand out beautifully, whether it’s a single flower, a branch of spring blossoms, or a piece of furniture.”

GREYS AND BLACKS- If painting a whole room seems too much, start with one wall or ceiling. Create a tonal wall by painting one solid colour of matt paint in a dark colour and then,

using a sponge, apply a wash of diluted lighter paint over it. Repeat until you get the desired effect. Choose from deepest indigo, inky black, thunder grey and earthy brown shades. Down Pipe, Railings and Pitch Black, Farrow & Ball (£43.50 for 2.5L; are all worth a try.

In The Mood For Colour by Hans Blomquist is published by Ryland Peters & Small, typically priced £19.99

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