The trend of matching shades of contrasting or similar hues began roaring again in 2011. This started in the 60s or 70s, when Andy Warhol and his pop art movement came to full flower. Today, this style has continued to flourish and be in vogue. What’s really appealing about it is that it uses bright shades and can be used in a variety of settings, such as the home.
Applying the basic principles of colour blocking into your interiors and exteriors brightens up your house and makes it appear more vibrant. You don’t even need to use expensive materials – the key element here is the use of hues and how you mix and match them.
Basically, there are three ways of applying the said colour scheme to your residence.
One is using the same hue but in different shades – a technique called “monochromatic.” An example of this would be decorating your room in varying intensities of green. Perhaps your couch will have a deep emerald covering while its throw pillows take on an apple green tint. The curtains can be in jade, while the carpet will be moss-colored.
Another way is by mixing contrasting hues. Let’s use the living area as an example again. If your couch is deep emerald, its throw pillows should be orange instead of apple green. The curtains may be red while the carpet, or perhaps an area rug, may be changed to blue. The colour variety should not go beyond 4 and should all be complementary to each other. Otherwise, the whole palette will look too much like those in children’s play rooms.
A third variant is the analogous scheme. Here, you use hues that are beside each other when seen on the colour wheel.
So now, while your couch takes on the grassy shade, your throw pillows can either be blue or light green. Your curtains can also be either of the 2 aforementioned hues. You can play with the combinations yourself, as long as it’s within the analogous range.
Colour Blocking Ideas
You can use dinnerware in complementary or monochromatic shades to add more energy and spice to your dining experience. Or you can get those in a certain colour and pair these with chairs of complementary or analogous hues.
In your garden, you can grow flowering plants of contrasting or monochromatic shades or add ornaments in vibrant colours. Your neighbours and passers-by will surely note the fantastic interplay of colours and compliment you on your efforts.
With your outdoor structures, such as patios, verandahs, gazebos, and pergolas, adorn them with colour blocked furnishings to make them more welcoming and fun place to lounge in. For added interest, you can install floor tiles in monochromatic or complementary shades.
Keep your roof in a neutral colour to anchor the whole look and keep it chic and classy. If you are still planning to improve your current patio, veranda, or pergola, consider a roofing design that is streamlined and has straight lines so it will be suitable for colour blocking.
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