Colorblocking for the Home

Colorblocking is still everywhere (Pinterest counts as “everywhere,” right?), so I figure why not have a little fun with it in your home?

It’s easy enough in fashion to pair color with color, and when fickle trends have moved on, pair everything with neutrals again. When it comes to decorating your home though, you’re looking at a bigger commitment. To make sure you’ll still love your space long after the colorblocking trend has moved on, choose one big item in the room (sofa, dining table, rug, etc.) to go colorful with that you really love. I’ll focus on pieces for a living room in this post. These are some good options:

Colorblocking for the Home

Next, mix in the smaller pieces like lamps and end tables, while still going colorful.

Colorblocking for the Home

At this point, you’ve got the basics in place, but it’s this final step that really makes a room look good. Time for the pillows, blankets, and tchotchkes!

Colorblocking for the Home

Now, to put it all together… Keep the rest of the room subdued and neutral, and it will be easy to change the colorblocked look when you’re ready for a change. If you kept the orange chair above, you could move the yellow lamp, pillow, and throw blanket to the other side of the room (over to the couch, say). Then swap out the blue table for something less colorful (paint it, move it to another room, or Craigslist it), and add a different pillow to the chair for a new look.

Switch it Up!
chairthrow blanketsyellow pillowwhite pillowblue tableyellow lampfloor lamp

Don’t you love how technology has made it easier to see how something will look? Thank you, Photoshop, my favorite decorating tool.


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  • Amber
    August 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I actually color blocked some bentwood chairs for our formal living room. It’s probably still my most favorite projects.


  • Seema Persaud, House & Home Web Promotions Editor
    August 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    How fun!

  • Jill Seidner | Interior Design
    August 29, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    LOVE this! Fun to see all the bright colors!

  • Christina W.
    August 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I don’t think I could ever commit to a couch in such bright colors, but chairs/lamps/tables/pillows sure, why not!

  • Jessie {My Mod Style}
    August 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I really love this post. It’s really my style. I really never thought about the way I decorate as “color blocking”. It is though. :) This was great advise, I need to bookmark this post for future reference.

  • Ashley
    August 30, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Funny. I found that same exact green elephant bank at Target in their dollar section for $2.50, a couple years ago. So cute! I think I scored! :)

  • Corrin
    August 30, 2012 at 6:41 am

    I have that exact same elephant bank (down to my favorite green) but I got mine at the Dollar Spot at Target!

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  • Ashley {GirlyObsessions}
    August 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I’m in love with all of these items, especially the pink and turquoise chairs!

  • how2home
    September 12, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    This is amazing! Love the gif! Great work :)

  • alison
    September 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Such pretty colors! Looking at these pieces just makes me happy!