Color Blocking and Why We Love It!

January 14, 2013

Leave it to Kate Spade and the fashion world to bring us yet another brilliant trend…color blocking. With another line of spring fashion upon us, color blocking is proving that it is around for a while.  It is found in dresses like the one above where the designer incorporates multiple colors into the style. Or, like the outfits below where the wearer just puts two colors together and strikes a happy cord of color.

Interior designers are bringing color blocking into their interiors as well. As a designer, it is a fun way to just finesse an exciting color into the room or a way to make relations between colors as an alternate to the traditional ways of finding a print that pulls of of your colors together.

MDI interior
MDI project, The Preserve

This MDI interior shows a bit of both theories. The drapery fabric brings in a mess of greens, aquas and white. In lieu of repeating the print on the bed, Margaret chose to color block the euro shams with an aqua, white, lime and turquoise.

MDI project, The Preserve

Another MDI design…the bedside tables were custom designed to be a bit retro and to accommodate the contrast pink color block on the drawer fronts. There is also a blocking effect with the ottomans and the lumber pillow on the bed.

Natural Curiosities Lamp

This lamp from market is a perfect illustration of color upon color. The choice of high gloss and ceramic makes the colors even more poignant. Upon seeing this style, we new that our office had to have one. This turquoise lamp sits on Delta’s desk and sets off the brown accent wall perfectly.

Some of our other favorite examples of bringing blocks of color into our designs…

A subtle color block with linen pillows…it doesn’t have to be strong and bright.

Contrast finishes on this pull-apart coffee table…sophisticated in the black and white or can’t you picture it in bright colors…

All one color accessories…What an interesting display.

Using an open lattice design over an accent wall is a great way to pop color but to not commit to buying a colorful piece of furniture. It is much easier to repaint a wall.

Well hello little purple side table!

These aren’t fresh off the farm but what fun to throw an dyed cow hide into a room for some unexpected color.

You can never go wrong with a colorful little pouf or ottoman.

You can find great color in the over-dyed rugs that are currently trending.

So whether you block color on your floor, with your lamp or on your feet

J. Crew Coraline Patent Pump

We hope you have as much fun with the trend as we do! Happy Monday everyone!