color blocking

In 2010, the color blocking trend took design by storm. Ten years later and it hasn’t slowed down but has continued to evolve into our everyday lives.

Color blocking originated in art, and quickly made its way into fashion. Now, color blocking appears heavily in interior design.

As we look forward to summer, consider incorporating color blocking into your designs.

What is Color Blocking?

Color blocking is design that focuses on unique color combinations that are presented in modern, geometric shapes.

This trend reflects the 80’s era with its boldness and bright design. The unique patterns and colors are a mix between fun and chic.

This design theme is perfect for in the home – bedrooms, living rooms, and home offices – or at your company in the work space. Consider the use of color blocking in an environment where you are striving for a calm but bright energy.

Make the Design Happen

color wheel

To begin designing, you’ll have to decide on colors. Since the colors are typically vibrant, it is important to make sure that you choose the colors carefully.

The first possible color palette can simply be complimentary colors. These are colors that fall directly across from each other on the color wheel, such as yellow and purple.

If you are looking for more diversity, try split complimentary colors. This would be one color and the two colors next to its complimentary on the color wheel. For example, purple would go with orange and green.

If you are interested in color blocking but are hesitant to go too bold, try using analogous colors. These are colors that fall next to each other on the color wheel.

Since you’ll be using multiple different colors, it is necessary to also be sure they are colors of the same nuance. This means each color will have the same amount of white, gray, or black added so they are the same tint, tone, or shade, respectively.

Once you’ve decided on your colors, painters’ tape is key. Use this to create fun patters and unique wall designs. Get inspiration from geometric shapes and use sharp edges. Don’t be afraid to overlap shapes. For example, a circle with a diagonal line cutting through it will create a new outline, which may be unique and perfect for the space you are designing.

Don’t Stop at Wall Colors

Color blocking may begin with designing your walls, but don’t stop there! Bring in solid furniture that uses the colors from your wall patterns. Find modern desks, chairs, lamps, and rugs that continue the design throughout the room.

For example, OMT-Veyhl’s trapezoid table is perfectly modern and has over 150 color options. The stylish design would make for an ideal accent table.

Additional ideas include adding in a pattern that incorporates a neutral color, such as black, white, gray, or navy, or decorating with simple plants, which are also commonly integrated into color blocking designs to further the fresh and clean feel.

Color blocking walks a fine line between over designed and perfectly aesthetic. Keep the design clean and only use patterns in small spaces.

color swatches

OMT-Veyhl Provides Options

Are you looking for a specific color for your desk to match your color blocking design? At OMT-Veyhl we’ve invested in the ability to apply a vast array of different color finishes matched to your color palette.

Two separate powder coating lines are available to accommodate your needs for everything from small-run customization to large-order production.

With our unique power coating process, we will work with you to match your color and integrate it into our manufacturing process so every part you receive matches.

Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you stay on top of the trends. You might be surprised just how empowering working with OMT-Veyhl can be.

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