Color-Blocking Decorating Ideas

Color-Blocking Decorating Ideas

Blue (and Green) Plate Special

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Play a little musical chairs with your dishes, mixing rather than matching the salad and dinner plates. Add a variety of napkins. For a more lasting effect, try re-covering chair seats in different tones — a project that can be done in 10 minutes with a staple gun.

Wake-Up Call

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A plain white bed is like a blank canvas. Color-block by adding two different solid-colored pillowcases, draping a throw across the bottom, and fitting the bed with a bright sheet. This orange headboard is store-bought, but you could also staple-gun colorful fabric around a headboar.

Living in Color

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Color-blocking in the living room can be as daring as adding a striking rug and curtains or as simple as lining the sofa with a trio of bolster pillows in different hues. Rebecca says, “Add one or two bold colors to your neutral environment and suddenly everything looks different.”

One for the Books

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That plain bookcase is just calling out to be color-blocked — after all, the shelves have already done the “blocking” for you. Paint the levels different hues, but — as is often the rule with color-blocking — limit yourself to three colors to keep the look from getting cartoonish. Books, boxes, and photo mats offer other opportunities to color-block.

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