Color Blocking

The Basics of Color Blocking In Your Home

by Dannica
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Color blocking is the art of pairing and contrasting two or more totally opposite colors, and it is becoming a popular interior design trend (and for all the right reasons). Color blocking in interior design is fun and is an easy way to revamp any room and not to mention inexpensive. Ready to spice up your interiors? Read on to find out the basics of color blocking in your home.

What is Color Blocking?

According to Decorlove, “Color blocking is a striking trend that has periodically returned to catwalks since the 70s and is currently extending from the world of fashion to home decor and event design. It is done by pairing bold colors with no particular concern of necessarily matching them for any reason.”

Basically, the idea is to contrast opposite solid hues in the color wheel instead of using patterns or textures to create a single striking look.

The Basics of Color Blocking

If you want to try this interior design trend in your home, here are some basic guidelines you can follow:

Know the Basics of Colors

When you’re color-blocking, it’s important to know the color wheel from complementary, triad to analogous. This will come in handy as you can use it as a cheat sheet to use colors. In the color wheel, you can pick opposite colors (complementary), two or three hues that are four colors apart (triad), and tones beside each other (analogous). If that’s too complicated for you, you can just use this.


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Use it as a Focal Point

Color blocking itself is already a statement. So don’t want to overdo it. When color blocking in your home, it’s better to use it as a focal point. If you’re going to showcase a space, color block it, and it will effortlessly draw attention. Use it on your walls, furniture, and even your curtain and carpet.


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Mild to Wild

If you’re not into wild colors, you can still take advantage of this interior trend by choosing subtle colors. Choose colors that are of the same family – get a neutral base, then pick a slightly brighter shade. Meanwhile, if you like bold colors – use them sparingly or as a focal point. To maximize colors as well as guarantee harmony and balance, the rule is to use one bright, one bold, and one neutral.

Break the Rules

Though there are a few rules when doing color blocking, it’s okay to break the rules. If you’re feeling creative and don’t feel like sticking to rules, then you are free to do so. Find colors that you like and use them to decorate your walls or your furniture.

Use Painter’s Tape

Be adventurous by using painter’s tape. You can use it to create modern or abstract wall murals (like stripes and other designs) and a way to give new life to your old furniture.


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