Ask A designer about Color Blocking
Real photo of an abstract painting hanging on white wall in living room interior with colorful cushions on gray sofa

Creative ideas that will liven up any room.

Story by Samantha Rush

Color blocking is the pairing of two or three contrasting colors to make a bold statement. This design technique is a great way to add color. Incorporate it into your furniture, wall, flooring or decor and give your space some personality! 

How to get started

Real photo of an abstract painting hanging on white wall in living room interior with colorful cushions on gray sofa
  • A color wheel is a great place to start when choosing your colors to pair together. 
  • A tonal palette has a single shade of color intensity, or its degree of lightness or darkness. Choosing these types of colors would be a subtle way to add different shades to your home.
  • An analogous palette includes colors found side by side on the wheel. Neighboring hues work well with each other because they share the same base colors. 
  • Complementary colors directly opposite of each other on the color wheel, such as green and red, will add life to any room. Complementary colors go well together because they balance each other visually.

How to:

Accent Walls

Cozy living room interior with red, accent wall, bookcase and white sofa

Accent walls are a perfect canvas for color blocking. When creating an accent wall, use a neutral color in the majority of the room to allow the accent wall to make an impact. You can also paint brighter colors around a piece of artwork to bring your attention to it. 

Two-toned Cabinets 

Beautiful pendant lights with two toned cabinets

To add new life to your kitchen, choose two different colors for your upper and lower cabinets. Use a darker, rich color on the base cabinets and a lighter color on the uppers.

Artwork & Accessories 

Scandinavian interior design living room with gray and beige colored furniture and wooden elements

Color-blocked artwork is also a great way to add color to your home in a way that isn’t quite as permanent as other options. You can do this with art you find or make yourself. Finding various colored accessories to pair with a neutral color palette will add color to a room that is easy to change out if you get tired of it. 

To see more color blocking examples check out our Pinterest board at pinterest.com/jeffersoncitymag. 

Samantha Rush