Saturday, March 16, 2013

Color Blocking Your Interiors

Color blocking has left the world of fashion and become an interior design trend. You may have heard of this trend but you may not know exactly what it means.Color blocking is when you combine two or more colors together without pattern. 
In the mid-sixties the brilliant French fashion designer, Yves St. Laurent, took Mondrian’s Cubist designs and interpreted them on a wool jersey dress. The bright white, yellow, red, and blue colors were separated by bands and blocks of black and we loved them. Color blocking was born! 

Since this trend has periodically come back into fashion since the 60's, it's only natural that interior design follows. Decide whether you want to use color blocking subtly, only in accessories and accents, or you want to go big and paint your walls in bold color blocks
Try unconventional color mixes, match the unmatchable. The more surprising the color combo, the better. (Talk to a designer if you’re not sure about your color choices.) Stick with two or three colors to maximize the impact of each one. This trend is one to have fun with so enjoy.

The Color Wheel

Study the color wheel and pick the colors that go well together. The colors you choose for painting your walls using color blocking technique should be bold, bright and pleasant to the eye. The combination should also be easy on the eye but attract attention.

In this image it is the chairs that provide the color blocked effect.

While this may be too much for most of you, it's a great example of color blocking.

An interesting form of color blocking is taking place on the table in this picture. I would balance it out by choosing another "block" of same colored items to put maybe on the table to the left of the door.

With color blocking, you can create a sophisticated look or a fun look.

When it comes to color blocking, the possibilities are endless and you can find inspiration in almost anything you like. Here they have blocked the sofa cushions as well as the dining area chairs.

The idea is to use contrasting blocks of color like the pink, yellow and green of the chairs and sofa.

The books, chairs and yellow vase provide the red, blue and yellow blocks of color.

Red, black and white, a classic color combo.

This color blocked room reminds me of the late 60's.

Color blocking can work in any style but looks especially good in retro designed rooms.

Definitely color blocked!

Colour blocking can range from wall paintings to accessories which are a great way to practice color blocking techniques.Here they have combined pink pillows in the back room with the pink chair in the foreground. This ties the two rooms together and adds a third color to this color blocked area.

If the fuchsia chair to the right was more visible this color blocking would make even more sense. 

It really shows a fun and modern approach to design, and more people are finding the bright and cheerful colors appealing. What do you think?

I like this effect and the colors. Simple but up to date.

Even though the rule of thumb is NO pattern, I still considered this color blocked.

Painted block colored shelving. And yes color blocking can be done in more muted colors as well.

A great example of color blocking.

Why not color block your next get together!

I know that color blocking is about color and not pattern but the reason I chose this image for the post is because I like the way that the pattern and shape of the artwork on the wall is "blocked" by the picture on the table and then again on the rug. To me it is a form of color blocking.

Color blocking displays contrasting and bold mixes of color, and pattern takes a back seat to clean and solid hues.

This area really reminds me of that first YSL dress that started it all.

Color blocked with softer colors.

Color blocking is not only about the wall paint. Pillows, painted furniture, and wall decorations are great for practicing a color blocking technique.

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