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TRENDS: Blocked Brights

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In complete contrast to the minimal, simplistic styles that have dominated in recent years, colour blocking is back; brighter and bolder than ever. 

In this trend, prints and patterns are replaced by the meeting of bold, singular shades, and the key to really doing it right is selecting a confident colour palette and committing to it. 

Despite being a refreshing shake-up to the interiors and fashion landscape that has favoured neutral tones for some time now, this style is by no means new—with the aesthetic appeal of cubism and colour blocking seen in Picasso's work as early as 1907. 

In 1965, these worlds of art and the everyday collided, as Yves Saint Laurent debuted a dress adorned with the work of Piet Mondrian as part of their Fall/ Winter collection. 

Throughout the ’40s and ’50s, this trend of pairing shades was applied in more modest ways, until consumer preference towards all things bright and bold took off in the ’60s & '70s—mirroring the period’s love for self-expression and experimentation. 

Regardless of style, there really is a colour-blocking approach for everyone, with the juxtaposition of shape and tone bringing a unique sense of interest to every space. 

Those wanting to go for it can pack in the personality by using vivid shades and unique shapes to bring their setting to life, whilst those who lean towards more neutral surroundings can layer muted tones and use architectural elements, such as a fireplace, to create a natural break. 

In interiors, the options are seemingly endless with wall paint, decorative accessories, furniture and architecture all able to be manipulated and positioned to encapsulate the style. 

Whether you’re looking at this Blocked Brights trend for inspiration for what to buy for your store, how to style and shoot your products, or how to style your space, these are a few things to keep in mind…

  • Odd numbers of colours typically look best; opt for one neutral shade and two more vivid ones. 

  • Make the most of architectural elements such as doorways, fireplaces, and joists; either decorated as a focal point or as natural breaks in design.

  • Use complementary colours to create visual interest—either tones of the same palette or opposing shades on the colour wheel. 

  • If painting or cabinetry feel too permanent, turn to elements such as cushions, rugs and art to create the same effect.

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Written by Jordan Evans
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Written by Jordan Evans

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