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A simple way to add a colour block to your home

When it comes to interiors, there are definite trends, just as there is in fashion. One look at Instagram or Pinterest you will see that certain trends are everywhere and everyone seems to have them in there home. Of course like any trends, some are just not for me and others maybe not suitable for the space I have in my home. 

A trend everyone can implement in there home is colour blocking. Whether it is a simple take on the trend such as a wall painted half one colour half another complimentary shade, or adding a square or rectangle maybe behind prints or art work, to something a little more daring such a circle or archway behind a bed or sofa. 

Here are some amazing examples of colour blocking in some beautiful homes on instagram, as you can see, the trend can be interpreted in many ways, whether you have a large space or a small one to fill.

You don't need to be hugely skillful, but you do need a little patience to complete this diy, it's also a cheap way to add drama to your home, using leftover paint or inexpensive tester pots.

Depending on the shape and scale of your project you will need paint, masking tape, a ruler and pencil and a little bit of planning.

Circles or arches can be tricky and require a little more effort than say a square. As the space I choose for my colour blocking is only narrow, I chose to draw a small circle using a large plate to draw round. For larger circles you will need to use the compass method of attaching string around a pin attached to the wall, with a pencil on the other end, pulling the string taught and moving round in a circle like you would a compass. Now I admit I tried this and I was crap at it, as I have zero patience. Probably best to practice this a few times and expect to have to rub out and start again, before getting it perfect.

Another top tip I found was to fill in the circle using a slanted foundation brush to paint the edges of the circle, this worked a treat and if you use an old one, or one you've bought cheaply, is a lot less expensive than a specialist paint brush. 

My hallway is painted a pale pink, so I chose to add a green colour block as I love pink and green together. I used the valspar counter in B&Q to mix me up a tester post of my chosen shade. It's only £3 and you get loads I could easily of painted a colour block 4 times the size with the amount of paint I have.

Of course you can just leave it there but I added a hanging faux plant, and an Ikea spice rack used as a shelf, along with a print and a small plant.

Will you be adding colour blocking to your home?

1 comment

  1. Great tip about using a slanted foundation brush, I'll remember that!! I really like this way of adding a pop of colour to a room!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks


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