{fearless trends: how to pull off interior color blocking}

If you loved it when we discussed color blocking a few years ago, we have good news: the trend is back and bolder than ever. Color blocking returned to fashion last season, and it has funneled back to interior design this year. So, here are 6 tips to fearlessly add color blocking to your decor, plus a few extra ideas from Benjamin Moore.

1. Pick one color to emphasize unique architecture.

Accent walls are a basic kind of color blocking, but you can do so much more. Advance a level by highlighting some interesting architecture or painting around a corner or two.

Credit: ArkPad

Credit: ArkPad

Credit: Remodelista

Credit: Remodelista

2. Use painter’s tape liberally.

If you want geometric, modern lines, grab an armful of painter’s tape and a friend, and tape your walls before you begin painting. Here’s a yellow outlined block filled with pink.

Credit: Emily Henderson

Credit: Style by Emily Henderson

Painter’s tape is also a great way to get creative with stripes:

Credit: Minimalisti

Credit: Minimalisti

Or you can get a color block decal and stick it to your wall.

Credit: Design Milk

Credit: Design Milk

3. Go casual and organic.

Don’t want something so clean-cut? You can eyeball your blocks with a short paint roller to create an organic, natural look.

Credit: Minimalisti

Credit: Minimalisti

Like the pink cityscape in our recent post, you can create some visual texture and even layer colors like so:

Credit: DuluxCredit: Dulux

4. Stay monochromatic.

Want to pick more than one color, but aren’t sure which ones to pick? Try choosing three or four from the same color family: one highlight, one lowlight, and one neutral. If you want to stay conservative, pick one paint strip and choose a color from both ends and the middle. Instant ombre color scheme!

Credit: Minimalisti

Credit: Minimalisti

Or choose one really saturated or bright color, and for the others, choose a lighter, subtle tone, and a darker, deeper shade.

Credit: Decoist

Credit: Decoist

Fun fact: if you create your own abstract color “map,” you only need four colors to make sure no two touching shapes are the same color. It’s called the four color theory, and here it is in practice:

Credit: Minimalisti

Credit: Minimalisti

5. Choose analogous colors.

Take a peek at a color wheel and choose two or more that are right next to each other.

Credit: Minimalisti

Credit: Minimalisti

6. Get adventurous.

Find colors you like together. If the combination makes you happy off the walls, chances are, they’ll make you happy on your walls.

Credit: Jessy Webster

Credit: Jessie Webster

Credit: DecorPad

Credit: DecorPad

Benjamin Moore has some great ideas, too. Check out these simple color blocking options:

“Seaside Retreat” nursery:


Source: Benjamin Moore

You can find the instructions here.

“Dollhouse Charm” girls bedroom:


Source: Benjamin Moore

Instructions here.

“Rhyme Time” nursery:


Source: Benjamin Moore

You can find the instructions for this darling nursery here.

Take inspiration from nature, clothing, and artwork. You can always ask a Hirshfield’s employee for help or feedback on a color scheme. Or check out our Pinterest board for more color blocking inspiration.

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