By Maya Savanovich
Colour blocking is a new trend in home decor; making use of two or three harmonious colours that look great together, then repeating them throughout the decor theme.
A kid’s room is perfect for trying colour blocking, giving it a stylish, colourful and playful look and feel. The dynamic result adds a fun element, with the added bonus of having your child happier about spending more time in there. If you’d like to try colour blocking in your child’s room, here are some ideas to get you started:
Be brave and bold with colours
A combination of blue, green and an unexpected orange can result in a striking look. The trick is to work with colours that are close to each other on the colour wheel for a balanced harmonious look, or those that are opposite to each other for a dramatic contrasting look.
You don’t have to go overboard to achieve colour blocking
Paint the walls in a bold colour. Then create one accent wall (for example the wall behind the bed or the wall with the bookshelves and study table unit) by either painting the entire wall in a different colour, or choosing artwork to achieve the same result. Let the same colours be used for upholstery fabrics, curtains and bed linen to get the perfect colour blocking scheme.
The good thing about colour blocking is that you can choose as many colours as you want and still achieve a sense of balance by using accessories like pillows, cushions, rugs, toy storage units and books to unite the many shades together. If the feature walls are a bright, funky colour like violet or yellow, the storage units can be infused with splashes of contrasting colours that complement each other.
If you think that incorporating your child’s favourite colours into the decor is becoming too bright, try to throw in some neutrals to achieve a sense of balance. Neutral coloured furniture, accessories and decorative items can help tone it down.
If you are new to playing with colours and aren’t sure about painting the walls in a bright colour or picking colourful furniture, you can also achieve colour blocking with accessories. If the furniture and walls are a neutral colour, try a bright, fun patchwork rug that covers the floor in blocks of rich colours. Then choose accessories like pillows, cushions, toy storage units, books and graffiti artwork in matching colours to let the theme run throughout the room.
Maya Savanovich loves writing about fashion, weddings and interior design (especially about kids’ rooms). A mother of two little rascals, she spent a lot of time decorating their rooms before deciding to try colour blocking in daughter Ania’s room. She also works for Bambinohome.