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It’s no secret that clothing trends often work their way into interior design trends. For example, metallics and pastels that are currently popping up everywhere in interiors were popular on the runway a couple of years back. One of the current fashion looks I’m rooting for to show up in and on homes is color blocking. Below are some reasons why, plus tips for how to make it work.

In both fashion and interior design, color blocking refers to the use of chunky swaths of color, usually in dramatic or bright hues, on or around a differing field of color.

4 Ways to Bring Color Blocking Home

1. Horizontal Blocks

Looking to visually expand a tight space? A horizontal block of color can help widen a narrow room. It can also make a room with a high ceiling feel more cozy and intimate. Here it adds the perfect dash of pretty color to this bathroom, giving the space a fresh and modern vibe.

4 Ways to Bring Color Blocking Home

This small section of hallway has gotten the horizontal color-blocking treatment in a bold magenta. This is an excellent way to dress up an area of the home that is often overlooked. You can really go for any color you like here, especially if you keep the bulk of the colors light and neutral, as has been done in this example.

4 Ways to Bring Color Blocking Home

2. Vertical Blocks

Vertical stripes draw the eye upward, so if your ceilings are on the low side and you wish to visually raise them, vertical blocks of color can do the trick. Several skinny vertical stripes on a wall can look too busy; a single wide stripe or block of color does the job of raising the roof in a subtle way.

4 Ways to Bring Color Blocking Home

Of course you can also combine vertical and horizontal blocks of color. And if you color-block with two different vibrant hues, you will end up with a unique and lively focal point. There’s no need to add much more to the room to decorate it, which is great if your space is small or you prefer not having too much stuff around the house.

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