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Colour Blocking 101

Mastering Bold Combinations for Impactful Designs

Colour blocking is a design technique that breathes life into spaces by strategically blending contrasting or complementary colors in solid sections. Colour blocking involves pairing distinct and contrasting colors in solid sections within a space. This technique creates visual intrigue by juxtaposing hues, making a powerful statement across walls, furniture, decor, or architectural elements.

Whether you're a design aficionado or a newcomer to the world of colour, mastering this approach can revolutionise your interior aesthetics and hep you create special, unique spaces. Here's a comprehensive guide to harnessing the power of bold colour combinations.

Select your perfect palette: Start by curating a colour palette that resonates with the mood and style you aim for. Consider complementary colour combinations to achieve balance, contrast, or harmony within the space. Some colour combinations we like include:

  • Black and White: A timeless, crisp pairing that’s sophisticated and bold. Try our shade Rebel with Chalky White.
  • Navy Blue and Mustard Yellow: A striking blend of deep and vibrant hues that complement each other with beautiful contrast. Try our shades Midnight Navy and Mustard Field.
  • Forest Green and Burnt Orange: Earthy tones that evoke a cozy and autumnal feel with a perfect balance of warmth. Try our shade Enchanted Ivy with Cushion Craze.
  • Muted Pink and Sage Green: Soft pastels that create a serene and calming atmosphere, perfect for a relaxed setting. Opt for our shade Personal Touch with Craft Fair.
  • Charcoal Gray and Lemon Yellow: A modern pairing that adds zest and depth to contemporary spaces. Try our shades City Break with Sunrise.
  • Muted Blue and Terracotta: A combination that offers a subtle yet inviting contrast, evoking a sense of tranquility. Try the shades Stepping Stone and Tufted Kilim.

Identify your focal points: Find areas in your space where colour blocking can make the most impact. Feature walls, alcoves, or specific furniture pieces serve as ideal canvases for bold colour statements, capturing attention and adding visual allure.

Don’t be afraid to play with scale and proportions: Experiment with varying scales and proportions when it comes to your colour blocking. Larger colour blocks infuse vibrancy and daringness, while smaller ones offer subtler pops of colour, adding interest without overwhelming the space.

Layer textures and patterns: Combine textures and patterns to enrich your colour-blocked design. Integrate different materials such as wood, metal, fabrics, or wallpaper, to create a unique look within the room.

Balance with neutral colours: Neutral shades play an important role in balancing bold colours. Incorporate white, gray, or black as backdrops to amplify vibrant hues without overpowering the look.

Take it outside, too!: Colour blocking isn’t just reserved for the interiors. Use bold shades in outdoor areas and colour block with paint, landscaping, or furniture, to create a vibrant look.

Bold colour combinations might seem daunting, but trust your instincts and have some fun expirementing. Sample swatches, create mood boards, or use digital tools to visualise before finalising your scheme. By following our tips above, you can create spaces that are striking and reflect your unique style. For everything you need for your next paint project, call into your local Crown Paints stockist.