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Colour blocking: A cool trend in painting walls

Lauren McPhillips

Colour blocking is an easy way to highlight a feature or simply dress up an empty wall. Consider this chic way to paint your walls the next time you want to freshen up your home.

Looking for a way to spruce up your walls? If wallpaper isn't your thing but you're dying for a splash of colour and pattern, then colour blocking may be just the technique you're looking for. A trend that has periodically to come back into fashion since the ‘70s, colour blocking is done by selecting zones on a wall or ceiling and painting them a different colour from the main wall colour. This technique is an easy way to highlight a feature or simply dress up an empty wall.

Dominique Pepin from Sico Paints says that imagination is the only limit when it comes to colour blocking. "Shapes vary from stripes, rectangles, squares, circles or a mix of several," she says. "If you're using more than one tone, you can place shapes side by side or even have them overlapping."

zon-tru-zon-vis-01.jpgIf you're not confident choosing colours or shapes that will work in your room, envisage what atmosphere you want your space to reflect. "Shapes and colours will influence the result," says Dominique. “With colour blocking, you can use it to create a sophisticated look or a fun look,” she says. “It's always a question of taste; what is beautiful to one person may not be appealing to another.” Using circles and curved lines tend to invoke a light and fun feeling, whereas rectangles and sharp edges can create a more serious space.

When it comes to colour blocking, the possibilities are endless and you can find inspiration in almost anything you like. For example, a colour palette in a favourite piece of artwork could inspire you to use similar colour combinations on your walls.


Images courtesy of Sico Paints.

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