US­ING BLOCK COLOURS

Like Camila Gi­menos and her hus­band Ni­co­las, choose bold hues for dra­matic ef­fect

25 Beautiful Homes - - FRENCH NEW BUILD -

Abig trend that started in the world of fash­ion, and is now an es­tab­lished style in home decor, colour block­ing is the prac­tice of com­bin­ing sev­eral hues to cre­ate a state­ment look. The tech­nique is suited to any area of the house but is most com­monly used in show­case rooms, such as re­cep­tion rooms, mas­ter bed­rooms and even halls.

Ver­sa­tile style

For those who want an at­ten­tion­grab­bing scheme, colour block­ing is perfect if con­trast­ing pri­mary hues are em­ployed. The re­ceived wis­dom is that the most strik­ing com­bi­na­tions are achieved when us­ing shades that are op­po­site on the colour wheel, such as yel­low and blue, or red and green, known as com­ple­men­tary colours. Bear in mind, th­ese schemes can of­ten work best when there is an el­e­ment of white to help break up the scheme. In con­trast, a cur­rent trend is for the use of calm­ing tones to cre­ate a re­lax­ing feel, but a de­gree of colour is still vi­tal: ‘Peo­ple are scared of mak­ing a mis­take with colour, so they tend to stick to neu­trals,’ says in­te­rior de­signer Jill Sc­holes. ‘But the dan­ger is end­ing up with a bland scheme with­out any iden­tity. What colour does is in­stantly de­fine a room – you can walk into a space and feel it has per­son­al­ity.’

Off-the-wall ideas

But colour block­ing isn’t just about paint­ing sur­faces. ‘You can bring shots of colour into the room as fur­ni­ture, accessories or even plants,’ says Crown’s colour con­sul­tant Judy Smith. ‘Use bright so­fas or a col­lec­tion of same­coloured bowls – then com­ple­ment th­ese with dif­fer­ent tones on the walls.’ An­other way of cre­at­ing a room that re­flects your per­son­al­ity is to use block colours in the form of pat­tern – from stripes to geo­met­rics. Bear in mind that what­ever scheme you choose will al­ways look bet­ter with an abun­dance of light – and the more nat­u­ral the bet­ter.

Bright colours are perfect for a child’s room

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