9 New Rules for Color Blocking at Home

Jonathan Steinitz

Summer is officially here (two days in and counting!), and with it comes longer days, shorter shorts, warmer temps, and brighter colors. And while we’re definitely excited to spend more time outside (patio entertaining, anyone?), the hottest season of the year also calls for bolder, more colorful interior design to give your home that perfect summer glow. That’s what makes color blocking our new décor obsession to get your home in shape for summer. Juxtaposing contrasting colors in different blocks, shapes, and lines gives any room a brighter and more energetic appeal that’s ideal for sunnier weather.

This summer, like almost all things '80s and '90s, color blocking is back in a big way. We first spotted it in S/S 17 runway shows, and who are we to argue with fashion? Whether using complementary tonal hues or bolder color combinations that break a few design rules with a hint of a clash, it’s time to bring the block party home. So if you’re in the mood to break up a room or you just want to do some subtle toning, there are lots of new ways to create shapes everywhere from the floor to the ceiling by using paint, textiles, furniture, and even décor. And let’s be honest: Just like most fashion trends, we think the second tour of color-blocking décor ideas this summer will be even chicer than the first time around a few decades back.

Scroll ahead for nine color-blocking décor ideas to help you say hello to summer.

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