Perhaps as a way to mix my architectural background within interior design, I am in love with color-blocked paint on the walls. I have a client right now who is happily allowing me to do a variety of color-blocking effects as an overall concept for her home. We started with her home office where the wall which her desk site is all grey and the color moves onto the adjacent wall, ever so slightly, creating a geometric angle cut. Check out the project here. We are also painting a 2" frame around the window opening in black. The next room I am in the middle of designing right now is her master bedroom where she wants total calm. I've designed a block of light grey or blue paint going all the way around the room, including on the doors, trims, and baseboards. This will align with the top of her dresser and be just about an inch above her headboard. It will also create some additional visual interest as it cuts across one of the three windows in the room. Lastly for this client, I am working on her living room and want there to be something very geometric on this core wall that connects kitchen, stairwell, and living room. It will definitely be grey and involve angles with possible additions of an accent color. Or more black.
This example from apartment therapy shows a similar idea of what I'm doing in my clients's home office. I love the bright blue here. It also reminds me of what Consort has done recently to their showroom.
Why not try color-blocking with two similar colors?
I particularly appreciate using color-blocking to highlight the architecture of your existing space. This image I found on pinterest of the window being offset onto the wall is a great example, as well as anytime paint is used to highlight the framing of spaces.
While geometric angles with various colors don't work for everyone, they make a beautiful statement for people who enjoy a little touch of boldness in their space.
Excited by the idea of color-blocking, but a little too scared of color? You can still make a statement with white walls by adding just a block of color to your door.
Color-blocking doesn't have to be limited to the walls. It can also make objects look more edgy and modern, such as these more classical-looking paintings and frames.