The Power Of Colour Blocking
Colour and pattern are the ultimate tools for creating lasting impact through interior design
You might have heard about it first from the catwalk, but colour blocking is also a key tool that can transform your interior design. It simply refers to finding colours you love and pairing them together.
Because colour is so versatile, you can use colour blocking to create almost any look and feel in your home, meaning this trend can be tailored to your tastes and work in tandem with a number of different furniture styles.
So whether you prefer bold and bright looks or cool and calm aesthetics, it’s time to introduce colour blocking into your home. Here’s how.
The right upholstery can really turn heads in the best possible way. Find a stunning pattern that incorporates colours you love and use these to steer your designs. This might mean painting the wall the same shade as the patterns in your James Hare upholstery, or simply choosing throws and accessories that match.
White has been a popular colour in kitchen design for a while now, as it helps to make the most of the natural light pouring in. But an injection of fresh colour is always welcome, so try adding warm blocks of yellow, orange or even pink to bring a burst of life into the heart of your home.
One of the best tricks of colour blocking is to look at the décor elements you see as purely practical and think about how you can spice them up with colour. Whether it’s a toilet seat, fridge or headboard, a splash of colour can instantly turn it from drab to fab.
Mixed up monochrome
Some people might see them as opposites, but in reality monochrome and colour blocking go hand in hand. Bring the drama to your living room by going for a base theme of black and white, then add bursts of bright accessories and soft furnishings to break up the monotony and really catch the eye.
Here’s a simple way to make a statement in your kitchen, living room or bedroom: paint your shelves. On a bookcase or cabinet, paint the back panel of each shelf a different, yet complementary, colour as a way of creating your own personal rainbow effect. Using pastel shades of blue and green is a great way to colour block for a calming effect.
Painting is arguably the most popular way to colour block, but the right wallpaper can also work effectively. Plus, the added textures and little details that you can get from your wallpaper may help to add depth and aesthetic appeal.
If one of your rooms has dark walls, try making a statement with bold accessories like lampshades, plants and picture frames. This crisp distinction never fails to look modern and it helps to add depth to an otherwise one-dimensional space.
Pastels are generally great colours to experiment with when colour blocking as they are less brash and “in your face” as bolder shades. As a result, they also tend to go well together. Shades like canary yellow, mint green and coral pink can be fun and playful while keeping the mood mellow and sophisticated. It may sound contradictory but give it a go and you’ll see what we mean.
Switching out your curtains can have a huge effect on the overall look and feel of a room. Find a bright, colourful pattern you love and treat your living room or bedroom to curtains that are as beautiful as they are practical.
Vanilla Interiors can help you fill your home with stunning colours, thanks to our bespoke, handmade curtains and other furnishings. So why not start a conversation with us and see where it takes you? Click here to get in touch.