Three ways to colour block your home

A common way to colour block is by featuring furniture that contrasts with the wall paint. But colour blocking can also be done effectively on a smaller scale – for example, by placing opposing shades of crockery next to each other. Whichever your preferred method, the items in this section will have you colour blocking like a pro.

Pair colour blocked walls with light furniture to update your home for Autumn/Winter 2018. That’s the advice of Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture World, who says sage and lilac are the on-trend colours for the rest of the year.

It’s all about determining the right colour mixes and where to show them off, whether it’s on a large scale or in small, arty doses.

Make a statement with colour blocked walls

For maximum impact and style, take it to the walls.

“Unexpected colour combinations offer a fresh, contemporary feel, while a unique play on patterns amplifies the effect,” said Rebecca. “If you’re going with a mix of cool and warm tones, introducing a third neutral shade will balance both sides out. For instance, matching grey with fresh pastels like lilac and mint creates an interesting and energetic appeal that would look great as a feature wall.”

“It’s a great way to dress up your wall and also put the focus on a special piece of furniture. You can either go with eye-catching shapes and lines, or paint out a section of the wall for a clever framing effect.”

Create a striking contrast with light furniture

Your walls are the star here, but that doesn’t mean they can’t share the limelight. Choosing furniture in light tones will immediately create a contrast, without adding more colour to a space.

“Colours like beige, white and even blush stand out well against bright and dark colour combinations, putting a spotlight on your favourite furniture and decor,” advises Rebecca. “It offers a different perspective on pieces that you already own, giving it an instant summer-ready update that can work in harmony with the new colour palette.”

Printer + Tailor, Jansen+Co My Mug

Printer + Tailor, Jansen+Co My Mug

Printer + Tailor, Jansen+Co My Mug

Jazz it up with colour blocked accessories

If you’re looking for a quick and versatile way to embrace this trend, styling with colour blocked accessories is the way to go.

“This is a great approach if you’re not ready to delve deep into colour blocked walls and furniture,” Rebecca says.

“It allows for more freedom when it comes to combining colours and patterns, and you can rearrange and switch them out with the seasons.”

“The dining table is a perfect centrepiece to highlight this vibrant. Sage is still a trendy shade to experiment with, and if Ultraviolet isn’t your cup of tea, consider its lighter cousin lilac for a gentler pop of purple.

“Plates, mugs and other tableware offer a playful burst of colour that’s ideal for sunnier weather, and are incredibly Instagram-ready too.”



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