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Clash of colours in decor is in

Your home is a reflection of your personality. If you love to flaunt the latest fashion trends, then why not incorporate the same in your decor as well. This spring/summer, colour block has been the biggest fashion trend. Here's more.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2011 13:06 IST
Priyanka Monga

Your home is a reflection of your personality. If you love to flaunt the latest fashion trends, then why not incorporate the same in your decor as well. This spring/summer, colour block has been the biggest fashion trend. So do up you home based on this theme for an up-to-date look. Colour block simply means creating a look by clubbing together two or more solid colours.

It can include monotones, bright, muted or contrasting and complimentary colours. Samvit Tara, Director of International Furniture Brands says, “Colour blocking livens up a room instantly and adds character to it.” Punam Kalra of I’m Centre for Applied Arts however feels that colour block décor is not for formal rooms. “It should be adopted only in the bedroom, family rooms, lounge area or may be in the stairway,” says Kalra.

Selective Eclectic
Be cautious while incorporating this look into your house as too much colour can spoil the broth. Tara suggests, “The basic rule that should be followed is that one should stick to one or two colours.” Make sure that you create equilibrium by balancing vibrant shades with neutral shades of whites, off-whites, beige or light grays and light monotones. Kalra adds, “Such a colour scheme must be handled very sensitively as it involves a lot of expense and you have to look at it 24x7.” For an eclectic look, select what part of the décor you want to colour block —wall, floors, furniture, furnishings and accessories, and keep the rest simple.

Walls
If you wish to go crazy with the wall colours, colour only one or two walls in the same solid colour and then balance the other two walls in white. Then create a combination of notice-me bright hued accessories in another two or three contrasting tones with muted, neutral or monotone furniture pieces.

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Notice-me bright furniture pieces can be the anchor to your room. You could experiment with mixing and matching your living room furniture such as a brightly upholstered sofa with contrasting hued cushion covers. To give the colour blast some rest, add muted or neutral hued accessories in warm shades.

Furnishings and Accessories
Keep the walls and furniture in neutral shades and let your furnishings do all the talking. Keep the furniture in muted shades of white and black and add another bright colour in curtains and cushions with a rug from the same family of colour and finish the look with a contrasting shade in accessories like paintings, vases or lampshades.

Tips to get the look right

Bright hues
Watch out for specific colours like teal blue, red, orange, fuschia pink, green and purple amongst others as these are the best colours to start the colour blocking effect with. The safest way is to keep the walls in a neutral shade, specifically white and using the colour through furniture, furnishings or accessories.

Do not overdo
Be cautious while doing up this décor as there are good chances of your going overboard with colour and messing up the look, completely.

Go for glam
For special evenings, add some metallic accessories or accents of metallic shades; this will glam up your colour block style, instantly.

Colour play
Use a single colour and play with tones of the same family. If one is more experimental, then add a complimentary colour in the same space as a contrast.