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Nature’s colour schemes

January 31, 2014

While travelling last week I realised that often the purest colours schemes can be found in nature. For stunning scenery the landscape of Norway takes some beating and the combination of colours is often phenomenal. I thought it would be a fun challenge to use snaps taken in Northern Norway and replicate the colour scheme. Using regular paint colours from Farrow & Ball, Little Greene and Dulux I have recreated the colours seen in three landscapes.


This lake view was taken near Sørkjosen at the start of the majestic Reisa Fjord. The steaming lake was frozen around the edge and a sea mist was also present as daylight started to vanish at around 2pm. On the lake shore a fisherman’s hut was being used to dry locally caught fish.

To create the colour scheme seen at the lake I’ve used the Farrow & Ball palette with the featured colours Sky Light, Pitch Blue, Plummet and Black Blue. These colours combine to recreate the atmospheric mood experienced at the lake.


Near to the village of Storslett the main E6 road runs around the coast of this stretch of Northern Norway. With temperatures averaging around minus 10 °C at this time of year the water from the local hills froze in October and will remain frozen for another couple more months, The different minerals in the water produces an amazing spectrum of colours when the water is frozen.

This focus of this colour scheme is icy neutrals with the darker shades representing exposed natural stone. I have used Dulux colours for this scheme with Nordic Spa, White Mist, Sophisticated Sage and Rich Black featured.


High above the Fjords I stopped on the coastal road to admire the far stretching views over snow covered hills. At this time of year the sun never rises above the horizon so the pink blue haze was the only colour on an otherwise white landscape. This scene was definitely one of the highlights of the visit, the natural peace that the snow brings was amazing to experience.

The palette of colours from Little Greene was used to recreate the snowy scene. The colours in the sky touch the whole landscape so a warm glow appears despite the freezing temperatures. Little Greene colours Shirting, Whisper, Angie and Bone China Blue are featured for this colour scheme.

When planning your colour scheme for your own home you don’t always have to follow the latest trends or research endlessly to choose your colours. Take a look at your local neighbourhood, or find a favourite snap from your holidays and you will be amazed at the wonderful colour combinations you can discover.

All photography: Andrew Dunning – APD Interiors

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2014 12:22 pm

    Reblogged this on homysummary.

  2. February 2, 2014 5:11 pm

    I get a lot of color ideas from Nature and all her designs are marvelous except for the duck billed platypus 🙂

  3. February 3, 2014 11:31 am

    great post! (and beautiful photos)

  4. Elizabeth permalink
    February 12, 2014 10:54 am

    These photos and colour schemes are gorgeous – something to keep in mind next time I’m redecorating!

    • February 13, 2014 10:28 am

      Thanks Elizabeth. Isn’t it amazing how we just have to look at nature to find a great colour combination!


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