You’re seeing it on the runways (fashion, not airport) and in department stores and boutiques… it’s called “color blocking,” and it’s a trend that’s moving from fashion to home décor.

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Color blocking involves, well, blocks of color.  No surprise there.  So instead of prints or patterns, you’ll see large sections of solid color, sometimes in unexpected combinations.  In apparel, it means combining two or more colors and can include bright colors, muted colors, contrasting or complimentary colors.

Here are a few tips for incorporating color blocking into your home decorating style:

  • Get the basics. Remember Mondrian?  Google him.  He was an artist whose style involved a form of color blocking.  This will give you the basic concept.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment. Start with something simple, like combining two different solid window panels.  If you don’t like it, changing panels will be fairly easy.

  • Don’t combine more than three or four colors. You don’t want any room to feel like a psychedelic flashback!  Start with two colors.  Or maybe three. Baby steps.
  • Limit your color blocking. One or two coordinated pieces in a room is plenty.  Any more than that can get kitschy and overwhelming.
  • Don’t forget paint! Get the color block effect by painting adjacent walls in two different bold colors.  Add an accent chair in a third, solid color and – voila! – color block!

Here’s a great post at the casasugar blog with more home décor color blocking ideas.

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