How to Use Colour Blocking in Any Room


It's easy to play it safe when it comes to choosing the colours for our home. Often we rely on plain beige, cream and brown tones to create an inoffensive and matching colour scheme. But what if you want to take things to the next level and brighten things up a bit?

If you've fallen into a beige decor scheme, a good technique you can use to inject some colour into your home is colour blocking. This is when block coloured furniture, wall paint, artwork and other room accessories are used to create an interesting contrast. You can use a mix of very bright colours or more neutral tones, or a mix of the two types.

Think it sounds complicated? It's really not! Read on for some of our favourite examples of colour blocking, and how you can apply the technique to any room in your home.


Living Room

The living room is the most social room in the house, with every family member using it. So, often we play it safe with a neutral colour scheme, to try and please everyone. Here are a few examples of colour blocking to inspire a new look for your living room.

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If you have neutral coloured furniture in your living room and don't want to invest in a new suite, a simple way to create a new colour scheme is to paint the walls an unusual shade. Bring the look together by decorating with accessories that have similar tones.

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Similarly, choose your favourite colour and spread it around the room. Here's a great example of this - if lilac isn't your thing, literally any colour would work with the neutral surroundings - so imagine how it would look with your favourite!

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If you're not a fan of bright colours, a colour blocking effect can still be achieved with more neutral tones. To avoid things looking too plain, choose a patterned feature like this rug, and add metallic accessories and mirrors to open up the room.



The decor in our kitchens is often overlooked. Which is a shame, because a beautiful kitchen can inspire you to spend more time in there - leading to more delicious food! Here are some of our favourite kitchens that make good use of colour blocking.

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Splashbacks are a great way to add a base colour to your kitchen, like the lovely purple tiles in this room. And if the surrounding units are plain, you could use any colour you like. Accessorise with similar tones to add additional points of interest.

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If bright colours in the kitchen put you off your food, then you can still achieve the colour blocking effect with more neutral tones. A great way you can do this is with natural materials like wood, contrasted with clean tiles. Add some potted plants or herbs to complete the look.

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If you don't want to invest too much in your kitchen, a couple of new decorative elements go a long way. This kitchen is a great example - the matching prints and tea towel, along with complementary cutlery holders, transform the grey base into a whole new look.



The bedroom is our sanctuary at the end of a long day - so if you're like us and love your sleep, you'll want it to look great too. Luckily the bedroom is one of the easiest rooms to decorate, with heaps of snuggly options like cushions, blankets and duvet covers available on the high street. Here are a few ways you can incorporate some colour blocking into yours.

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Even if you don't redecorate the whole room, you can transform your bedroom by giving your bed sheets an overhaul. Choose contrasting textures and colours for maximum effect, then add a couple of matching plants or flowers around the room to bring it all together.

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If you have a bit more budget to spend, installing some wooden panels behind your bed and investing in top quality bed sheets will give the ambience of a luxurious hotel room. Here, you can contrast warmer colours with crisp white sheets for some sophisticated colour blocking.

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This bedroom manages to mix colours, prints and materials successfully, by sticking to a grey and silver base with pops of blue and green tones. Colour blocking is all about balance, so sticking to one base colour with a couple of complementary tones is all you need - any more and the look can feel cluttered.



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If you're renting your property (or are no good with DIY!) then adding splashes of colour with the right accessories can add a colour blocking effect to your bathroom. Choose a bright, patterned shower curtain and complement it with some matching soap dishes. Better still, you can pick all of these things up on your next trip to a big supermarket. Result!

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Similarly, a new set of towels and a couple of accessories can make all the difference to a neutral bathroom. We love the way these tea light holders match up with the towels and the plant - great example of colour blocking!

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If you want more of a complete overhaul of your bathroom, take inspiration from this example. The colour of the wall is complemented by pops of colour from the printed towels and rug, but doesn't overwhelm the slick, modern suite. Less is more!



If you've invested in a home office or you work from home, you probably spend much of your day in there, so it's important that you create an inspiring environment to work in. Adding a few pops of colour can do just that - here are some of our favourite offices that use the method.

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A feature wall is a fantastic way to add a new colour to your room, without being overbearing. This teal colour is a great example, and the hanging print complements it perfectly. Just don't forget your plant - they've been proven to increase productivity and happiness at work!

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If you already have an office unit installed, try painting a couple of drawers a bright colour for a bit of contrast. Adding bright stationary, accessories and plants around your work station will help complete the look.

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If your office style is more slick and serious, you can still shake things up with a couple of bright accessories. Place trinkets, stationary items and plants around your desk and shelving just-so - and they'll stand out even more against the neutral background.


So there are some of our favourite examples of colour blocking for every room in your home. We hope we've inspired you to think outside the box a bit when it comes to your colour scheme, and try something different when you next redecorate.

Want to add a couple of new features to your room for a pop of colour? Take a look at our accessories for some inspiring scatter cushions, sofa covers and bolsters.

Posted in Colour & Hue, DIY, Homemaking, Interior Design, Lifestyle on 26th Jul 2016


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