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Colour blocking wall ideas: 21 clever ways to add colour to your space

Colour blocking wall ideas can take your colour scheming to a whole new level: it's the must-have interiors trend for contemporary and traditional rooms

Colour blocking wall ideas: 19 clever ways to add colour
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Colour blocking wall ideas? What is that, we hear you ask? Simply put, colour blocking is the pairing of two or three totally different colours to make a bold statement. We’re seeing this graphic look remixed on to walls, floors and in home accessories but, with so many combinations and shapes to try, how to get it right? Well we’ve rounded up the very best colour blocking design ideas to get you mixing and (un)matching with confidence...

1. Be brave with your paint colour choices

Colour blocking in bedrooms


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Pink and green: this colour combination is on our lust list. Something about mixing tropical greens with cool pinks just works, creating a refreshing feel for both living spaces and bedrooms. Enhance the effect by painting furniture in the lighter of the two shades. 

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2. Don't be afraid to clash paint colours

Colour blocking in living rooms


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Colour blocking is all about enlivening walls with clashing tones. Take your cues from far-flung destinations and go for deep, vibrant shades. Recreate the look by painting sections of the wall freehand, leaving the edges rough and unfinished for a relaxed effect or take it even further with an ombre accent wall.

3. Paint the walls to match the floor

True Colours UNI 574 vinyl flooring, £22.99 per m 2 ; Noble geometric mint rug, from £48.99, both Carpetright. For similar paint, try Dance Hall Period collection flat matt, £21.50 for 2.5ltrs, Crown


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Matching the floor colour to the walls creates a strong statement. Painting the lower third of the wall in the bright colour with a neutral shade above helps create a feeling of loftiness in the room. Highlight your woodwork by continuing the colour across architraves and doors in a seamless band. Use a laser level to ensure you get a horizontal line – try the Bosch GCL 2000 from Screwfix

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4. Go big and bold with paint

Colour blocking trend in a living room with a yellow wall and blue sofa

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Have a blank white wall and want to liven it up without spending a fortune? Add a large area of vivid colour in a strong geometric shape (using masking tape to achieve super straight lines), then place a bolt of a contrasting tone against it – the juxtaposition of these will create a cool statement. We love how the modern lines of this sofa from Maisons du Monde work with the simple block of vibrant colour behind it – try Valspar’s Premium Blend V700 in Golden Beet for a similar shade.

5. Take bright paint colours outside

Colourful outdoor space with colour blocking furniture

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Achieve a striking alfresco space with some bold blocking. The classic combination of punchy primary colours against a crisp white background instantly lifts a space. Add
pattern and interest with textured floor cushions for a place you’ll love to relax in. These outdoor pouffes, side table and outdoor rug from Ikea are perfect as an inexpensive way to transform your outdoor space. For a similar door paint, try Rust-Oleum Universal all-surface paint in Canary Yellow from Homebase

6. Make a statement in the bedroom

Colour blocking in a bedroom scheme by Debenhams

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Refresh your boudoir with a burst of contrasting colour. We’ve seen mustard, dusky pink and rust everywhere in the latest interiors collections, so this bedding set with matching cushions from Debenhams is bang on trend. If you’re more of toe-dipper than a throw-yourself-straight-in type, new bedding is a great way to join the colour blockers out there.

7. Use paint to create a focus 

Colour blocking in a hallway


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Instead of using an oversized piece of art for your wall, create an area of interest by painting a section of wall behind a favourite piece of furniture. Increase its impact by painting a darker outer area then a slightly lighter shade inside to ‘frame’ the paint effect.  

Love this hallway idea? Find more hallway paint ideas to inspire your space.

8. Create eye-catching shapes with paint 

Dulux colour of the year


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In a bedroom with few architectural features, you can be more daring with the pattern created by the colour blocking, while unexpected colour combinations will give your walls punch and character. 

Recreate the paint effect in this room by keeping, in the main, to a similar palette of tones, then add a surprise splash of strong colour. Mixing square blocks with geometric triangles only amplifies the effect. 

Find more paint ideas for bedrooms to find your perfect colour scheme.

9. Paint a statement ceiling 

Colour blocking in a bathroom


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Statement ceilings are officially a thing. Reimagining your space as having five walls rather than four can bring a whole new dimension to decorating. Patterns and textures are being used along with muted tones, but we love the impact of having a strong paint colour overhead, particularly in a bathroom where daring colour choices are limited. Find more paint ideas for bathrooms if you need still more inspiration.

Not sure where to start with painting your ceiling? We have a simple step-by-step guide to painting a ceiling to help you out. 

10. Get creative with patterns

Colour blocking in a children's room


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Encourage your little explorers by using large triangle shapes to make mountain ranges as a backdrop to their room scheme. For this look, try using a dark paint against a paler background. 

For a similar effects and lots more inspiration, check out our inspiring paint ideas for kid's bedrooms.

Scandi-style child's bedroom with white cot, white walls, brown floorboards and mountain-effect pattern on walls with grey paint


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11. Paint your panelling 

Colour blocking in bedrooms

Room by Argos

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Adding panelling in the bedroom is a great way to add interest and makes an ideal canvas for some artistic self expression, with small sections painted in one or
two bold colours. Try primed Shaker wall panelling from Howdens as a backdrop to your tonal masterpiece. 

12. Add pops of colour 

bright yellow painted timber window frame


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Make a feature of your windows by edging them in a vibrant shade. This look can work with any colour offset against your walls – but you can afford to go bold and really make them pop. Use a fine-headed brush for precise painting.

Check out our guide to see how to paint timber framed windows

13. Mix and match your wallpaper

Marble effect wallpaper

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Colour blocking doesn't have to stop at paint, get creative with different patterned wallpapers. We love how this swirly, fantastical marble print looks with pops of gold and teal. You can find similar prints at John Lewis

14. Get creative with circular designs

Dulux Colour of the Year Spiced Honey

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To add even more interest to a colour block wall, try contrasting square shapes with circular designs. We love how the circle outline, painted in Dulux's Colour of the Year, Spiced Honey, contrasts with the sharp lines throughout the rest of the room. 

15. Choose complementing colours for a subtle look

B&Q GoodHome paint in Antibes

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Seeee, colour blocking doesn't have to be all about crazy colours from opposing sides of the wheel. If you are after something more subtle choose similar colours, or colours that have a similar tone. Here Antibes and Miltown from B&Q's GoodHome range, have been used to to create a gorgeous backdrop for the simple white furniture. Oh and did we mention that this paint starts from just £8!!

16. Use colour blocking to fake a headboard 

Pink bedroom with pom pom bedding and pink colour block walls

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No headboard? No problem. Look how in this bedroom, colour blocking has not only been used to add a load of interest, but by painting a darker pink a quarter of the way up the walls there is an illusion of a headboard. Pure magic.

Love this bedroom? Well you are going to want to check out these pink room design ideas too. 

17. Colour block with contrasting pastels

Colour blocking in a small home office

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If you want to create plenty of contrast with your colour blocking but don't want anything too bold, use pastel hues. We love the combination of Turquoise Blue and Confetti from Little Greene. The Mid-century styling and some sharp black lines help to ground the look – and those pops of vivid orange? Colour blocking perfection. 

18. Go for harmonising paint tones

Colourful living room with colour blocking trend


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Create a calming scheme with hues which sit alongside one another on the colour wheel. Yellow and green are a perfect example as they work beautifully together. Used over a wall and woodwork, they can cleverly inject this block feel but with a lighter touch. Picking out one of the shades with a large piece of furniture, such as this velvet sofa from Habitat, to contrast against the background will bring the scheme together perfectly. For similar paint colours, try Lemon Squash and Flagon, both Crown.

19. Go for on trend pink and yellow 

Dunelm spring/summer collection

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Want to bring this bang on trend colour combo into your bedroom? Just pick a lovely sunny yellow (something like Farrow & Ball's Citron) and paint half the wall behind your bed. Create the contrast by picking our some pink bedding and then complete the look with a vivid yellow throw to create contrast. Total spring update in just a weekend. 

20. Colour block a kitchen splashback

Kitchen with geometric painted splashback in pink, green, brown and white with gold border

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If you want to do something really different, try applying a geometric paint pattern to your kitchen splashback. This homeowner has lined the pattern with gold paint for a stylish metallic accent and we're in love. Durable paint is best for splash-heavy areas, but protect with a clear acrylic splashback for a statement that will last for years.

21. Use colour blocking on furniture revamps, too

Vintage-style wardrobe with black geometric stripe and block colour in a diagonal line across the bottom half


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So you're keen on the idea of a geometric paint effect but don't want to go overboard. We present to you: an upcycling project you can get done in an afternoon! Choose a piece of furniture that needs a bit of love, then try out a design in a colour of your choice. We love the bold colour-block effect on this wardrobe, perfect for adding a bit of drama to a kid's room. And doesn't the black contrast gorgeously with the beautiful original wood?

Take a tour of this monochrome home for more statement ideas.

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