Monday, 22 March 2021

10 simple ways to add colour blocking to your home

Colour blocking inspiration for your interior decor. How to add colour blocking to your home, and inspiration for different schemes

Colour blocking is absolutely everywhere in interiors at the moment, and a great way of adding some colour and character to a plain wall - especially if, like me, your home is very feature-less. 

Not only that but its a budget-friendly way of updating a space (seriously, you just need a can of paint and some frog tape!), and giving a room a refresh without replacing any furniture, or taking on any major renovations. I think the power of paint is underrated, so read on for some ideas on what you can achieve armed with simply a paintbrush. 

Here's inspiration from the best of the colour blocking trend in real homes - with 10 ways to easily introduce this trend into your space...

10 simple ways to add colour blocking to your home

Add an arch 

The start of my colour blocking love affair - last year I added a pop of colour onto a boring blank wall I'd been staring at for months while working from home. By doing this, I created the perfect area for a desk, and zoned this small space into a 'home office' - somewhere that feels separate from the rest of the spare bedroom. You can recreate this look using just a pencil and string - exactly how to do this is over on this post here

Colour blocking inspiration for your interior decor. How to add colour blocking to your home, and inspiration for different schemes

Half-painted wall 

Probably one of my favourite ways of adding bold colour to a room whilst also keeping it light (perfect for if you're a colour-phobe living in a dimly-lit home, like me!) I've got the half-painted look in the spare room/home office, nursery and downstairs loo, and I still love it. My favourite is in my daughters bedroom though, to which I've added some scallops for interest and to soften the look. You can read about exactly how I did this on this post here.  

Colour blocking inspiration for your interior decor. How to add colour blocking to your home, and inspiration for different schemes

Pop of colour in a white space 

A simple way of adding some colour and character to a room such as a bathroom, which can often be very clinical and white looking. Jess' bathroom is anything but though, with the gorgeous pops of mustard yellow tying in perfectly with the accessories. Jess has also carried the curve themes on through her decor, with the round mirror and bath mat. 

Colour blocking inspiration for your interior decor. How to add colour blocking to your home, and inspiration for different schemes

Upcycled furniture 

Don't want to colour block on the walls - why not add it to a piece of furniture instead? @linsdrabwell has done exactly that with her IKEA hack drawers - how amazing do they look?! This is a great way of adding a pop of colour to a room without touching the walls - so perfect for renters unable to paint walls too.  

Colour blocking inspiration for your interior decor. How to add colour blocking to your home, and inspiration for different schemes

Add a mural to the wall 

If you're feeling artistic, painting a mural onto a wall can be a fantastic way of adding some interest to a space. How perfect is Georgina from @_itstartedwithacushion's bathroom mural? Not only does it create an eye-catching corner, but it also transforms this space into a colourful haven, simply with just a few strokes of a paintbrush. The perfect mural to have above somewhere like a bath too, as the shape works to zone off the space. 

Colour blocking inspiration for your interior decor. How to add colour blocking to your home, and inspiration for different schemes

Colour to add depth 

Such a clever way of adding some depth to a wall - @househomo's room is one of my favourites. A variation on the simple arch, adding this 3-D effect with the darker colour gives this space a complete transformation. The pop of colour on the fireplace, and that clever circle of yellow to draw the eye to the ornament is absolutely genius. 

Colour blocking inspiration for your interior decor. How to add colour blocking to your home, and inspiration for different schemes


Block off an area with colour

Using a block of colour around a door can have the affect of blocking off an area, and creating a 'zone' within a space. A perfect example of this is Sam from @my.interior.tales, who has used this beautiful blue colour to zone off her utility space from the rest of the kitchen. Continuing the pink colour through the doorway into the other room also works to connect the two spaces, whilst also keeping them separate. 

Colour blocking inspiration for your interior decor. How to add colour blocking to your home, and inspiration for different schemes

Use a triangle to create a feature corner

So simple, yet so effective - the perfect way of creating a separate space within a room. @mrsmerrellyeah has used this beautiful yellow colour to create a zone within her nursery. How perfect is this colour for a little ones room? The touches of decor on the wall work to extend this corner outwards too, connecting it to the rest of the room. 

Colour blocking inspiration for your interior decor. How to add colour blocking to your home, and inspiration for different schemes


Use the ceiling as a 'fifth wall'

Adding colour doesn't have to stop on the walls - view your ceiling as a 'fifth wall', and bring the colour up. This will also work to make a space look larger, as the colour will draw the eye upwards. Gemma from @caffeineandcacti has chosen to extend her headboard upwards, and Sophia from @thiscolourfulnest has chosen two complimentary colours (yellow and pink - my fave!) to create a luxe look. Every item in both these bedrooms has been carefully chosen to create a stunning space, which although are both very different, both use the 'fifth wall' to their advantage. 

Colour blocking inspiration for your interior decor. How to add colour blocking to your home, and inspiration for different schemes

Colour block as a headboard 

Another super clever way of working a colour block into your decor - why not use a bold shade to create a 'headboard' above your bed like @lizzyhighham_interiorstyling has done? This is a perfect example of using colour in place of furniture, which can be really effective - if updating your bedroom is on your to-do list, why not paint your own headboard rather than buying new? The use of colour in this room is so clever - even the photo frame plays a part in adding some character! 

Colour blocking inspiration for your interior decor. How to add colour blocking to your home, and inspiration for different schemes


Tips for getting a colour block right: 

Start small if you're nervous - add a small shape/square on a wall and you can always add to it at a future date 

When painting by hand take your time and use the best frog tape you can afford! 

Once you've painted your colour block peel the frog tape away while the paint is still wet to avoid chipping 

Use a slanted brush, or cut the bristles at an angle. This will help to get a sharper line

When it comes to accessorising, choose complimentary shapes through your decor. For example, use rounded items to compliment an arch, or items with sharper angles when styling a square colour block 

Is this a trend you'd like to introduce to your home? 

Thanks for reading, 

Sam Xx


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