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21 June 2018

Create a solid style statement with bold blocks of colour in daring combinations. 

The colour block trend is an easily achievable style statement, says interiors journalist and colour connoisseur Jo Atkinson. From famous artists like Mondrian to Miro who have created colourblock artwork, to fashion favourites such as Tommy Hilfiger, Ted Baker and Jigsaw, colourblocking is an enduring look that will stand the test of time, all the while making your home look fresh and fabulous this season. 

The additional good news? There are only a few simply rules to follow. Choose several colours that you wouldn't naturally pair together and look out for them in flat, geometric-shape prints. Add in primary colours to ground the scheme and you are onto a winning combination.

Cubist cushions

Oversized cushions and colourful cubes with irregular shapes are an instant way to create this trend - minimal effort for maximum impact. Ideal for those amongst us who like to swap winter cushions for summer cushions and the perfect way of infusing an otherwise neutral home with an on-trend look in a matter of minutes. 

Layer a sofa with these patterned cushions and add in plain versions in primary colours to emphasise the look. Ground the scheme with hints of grey and black. 


Maximalist meets minimalist

The juxtaposition between the curvy lines of this Carter chair and the geometrical lines of the Colourblock Curtains creates visual excitement and intrigue. The modernist styling of the Holborn, with it's narrow arms and tubular legs, makes it a timeless piece that will see you through the seasons. 


Light fantastic

For a subtle nod to the colourblock trend, place a trio of colour-clash candles in the bathroom. Candles are also an ideal way to spread this bright-focused trend amid friends, as they make a perfect petite-sized gift. 

Choose from the following scents: Apricot & Wild Herb, Sea Salt & Lemon and Fig & Elderflower.


Zesty bedding

Embrace the playful character of the colourblock trend with some statement bed linen. Retro-like 1970s mustard is mixed with bold red and turquoise shapes. With the addition of a rather grown-up grey, which helps to emphasise the larger-than-life colour palette, this design would find itself right at home in a teenagers den or a bright and airy attic bedroom.


Adding shade

Even the ceiling can be incorporated into this trend. Suspend blocks of colour in the form of these architecturally inspired lampshades and increase their impact by placing them in a room or space that is a solid, contrasting colour. 

These striking shades have a decidedly Art Deco feel about them, suiting both the more traditional and distinctly contemporary homes.


Mix 'n' match

Subtly clashing colours in asymmetrical shapes adorn retro-shaped vases, like the Tall Colourblock Vase and Colourblock Vase, and are ideal for adding a hint of the trend without dominating a space. Additionally, place table lamps around the room for mood lighting, but be sure to mix the shade colours within the same space in order to keep the trend going strong. 


Cool colour crush

Colour-blocking in cool paler shades of heather, aqua and clean white creates a calm setting for both outdoor and indoor daytime dining. This colourful 12-piece Colour Block Dinner Set works well with the bold red background, but would equally work teamed with sun bleached wood and natural linens.


This feature has been contributed by interiors journalist Jo Atkinson. Jo has more than 20 years experience working in the interiors industry, regularly writing for the UK's leading homes titles.

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