Colorblocking Your Home — This Is How You Do It

Colorblocking is a runway trend well-known in both fashion and beauty. It’s taken a little bit longer to filter down into the interior-design world. But, the important thing is it's here now. In fact, it's popping up in home design with some major, innovative twists.
There are a few simple guidelines to keep in mind so your house doesn't end up looking like an actual rainbow. And, as an interior designer, I'm just the pro to share those with you. Click through for my easy rules and say goodbye to those "landlord white" walls forever.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sarah Lavoine.
Pair Pale & Inky
This light grey floor feels edgy and modern against a baby-blue accent wall and deep, black edges.
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Photo: Courtesy of Graham Atkins Hughes.
Let Accessories Shine
It’s no big deal if your walls are painted cream, or your floors are pale — you can take colorblocking to the next level through accessories. A combination of tantalizing cushions, for example, or a group of cool vases on a shelf. The more off-radar you go with your color combos, the cooler these smaller pieces will look!

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Photo: Courtesy of Jean-Marc Palisse.
Three Is The Magic Number
Restrict the amount of hues to around three — for high impact without looking crazy. The more colors you add, the more zany the space will look; if you cross a line, it will end up resembling a coloring book.
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Photo: Courtesy of Objekt International.
Experiment With Shades
Combining darks with brights feels even more dramatic than combining monocratic hues or brights with brights. Also, keep your furnishings and accessories palette coordinated, like the chair and table here.
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Photo: Courtesy of Graham Atkins Hughes.
Try It In The Bathroom
The shower nook is a great place to test out the trend if you're a bit hesitant.

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