At this point, you are probably no stranger to the color blocking trend that is all over the www but if you are new here, or have been living under a design rock then let’s take a little crash course in color blocking (historical events, timelines, representations, and facts are not proven to be correct since I am making them up as I go – but please indulge me for a brief moment while I have my soapbox and can tell my story). Color blocking came into the interior scene pretty hard a few years back after we saw it splashed all over the pages and runways of fashion and for good reason. Basically us interior designer folk follow the trends of fashion but with a year or two delay. Don’t ask me why it happens or why fashion seems to always set the trends, but it works and I am fine with making my walls look like whatever Gigi Hadid waltz down the runway in two years ago. But back to colorblocking It was a modern take on the more traditional wainscoting but without the actual installation of wainscoting IE, it colorblocking a room was cheap and very DIY friendly which means every pinterest hungry housewife or househusband (is that a thing) was bound to try and adopt it at one time or another. Some went well, and some were not so pleasing. So let’s take a look at a few different ways to do it that DO work.
These guys took little care in considering moldings, walls, architectural features or baseboards which I am very into. I love the uber modern and graphic line and color against the more traditional moldings and features. Its like if Judy Dench or Meryl Streep or any other classic timeless woman wore an asymmetrical structured dress with one arm out and one arm in. It makes you stop and stare and wonder why this is wrong, when all along you realized it works no matter what because both those ladies have so much GD class that they could literally stand on their head upside down with wigs on their feet and shoes on their hands and still look better than I ever would. Also bonus points for whoever can figure out what they styled with on that accent table. It honestly looks like a can of fancy beer, a canister of hummus, and a small baking soda jar, but maybe my eyes aren’t so sharp anymore.
These guys went balls to the walls or (paint to the walls?!) and just painted right on over this piece of art. I don’t always recommend this as I am sure some pieces of art should hang on top of and not into the paint treatment, and if you move then basically your painting and your wall treatment are screwed, but these long lost lovers do seem to be enjoying the refreshing hue of the blue paint to dip their little toes in, so we will let it slide and just enjoy it.
Next up is two-tone color blocking. This works for me, unlike all the terrible contour how to videos online where your face ends up looking like this wall. Basically rather than keeping one of the sections of the wall white, you just go HAM all over those walls. These tonal ones are really doing it for me especially as it seems like a more Scandinavian looking Christian Grey could say that this is his playroom at any moment. I am talking to you Alexander Skarsgård.
Black and pink is never a bad idea, and if these black walls were chalkboard then I am into them even more.
Apparently colorblocking isn’t just for the interiors. This charming little shop has done it and I LOVE the way that it modernizes a rather bland and lifeless storefront.
This one requires a little more skill and I am still on the fence about but I appreciate the thought behind it and see where they were going with it. For the right room (like this one) it really works as the bedding echoes the wall treatment and everything is kept very minimal and calm – something I am none of.
If classic is your steeze then try some black and white as it will never go out of style. It instantly brings some structure and a bold moment to your room and if you hate it in 6 months then just pretend you live in an overgrown ice cream sandwich and eat your way to happiness.
And even I did my own version of colorblocking in this recent kids room that I finished up.
Last but not least we have this little moment where they ignored all sense of horizontal lines and status quo and just accentuated the doorway with this colorblocking treatment. I still love this image from pinterest even though it has been around forever and repinned 1.8947 times. But hey, if it works it works.
So what are your favorites, or is this whole color blocking thing very overdone and you want to see it go away?