What comes to mind when you hear the term color-blocking? Do you envision “mod” dresses from the sixties that are making a comeback, some sort of football move or something used in the boxing ring? You are right if you think it has something to do with fashion but this wonderful method of using multiple colors can also be used when decorating your home. Take a look at these examples of color blocking used to perfection:
This foyer designed by Andrew Suvalsky is one of the rooms decorated for the Kips Bay Showhouse in New York. One of the keys to effective color-blocking is the use of solid colors. A solid color sofa and window treatments provide the backdrop for colorful pillows, accessories and even a single color piece of artwork, all in lovely jewel tones that compliment the gold table base.
Pops of hot pink, red and even a silver painted desk are masterfully color-blocked against an all white background for maximum impact.
Red, white and blue are perfectly combined in this color-blocked store display. Petticoat Junktion has turned a throw away dresser into a stylish one-of-a-kind piece with a nautical or Americana feel and added color-blocked accessories such as painted shutters, a vintage beverage cooler and a homespun banner. The simple graphic stripe down the front of the dresser turns the ordinary white dresser into a unique conversation piece; and don’t you love those little blue knobs?
Now that you have seen how it looks you are probably wondering how you accomplish this look in your own home. Just as the term implies, blocks of color are spread throughout a room in the form of throw pillows, furniture pieces, artwork, window treatments and accessories. As with most interior design trends, there are no hard and fast rules to achieve this look but there are a few tips that might make it easier:
If you suffer from “color-phobia” and are hesitant to introduce large spots of color to your home, try something subtle like painting individual chairs in your breakfast room each a different color or switch out the plain white mats in a grouping of photos for colorful ones. I am willing to bet you will begin to enjoy the energy color-blocking will bring to your home’s decor.