5 Eye-Catching Ways to Rock Colorblock Walls

Peter Dolkas

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header1 Take a note from French art director Jean-Christophe Aumas of Voici-Voilà, who painted one wall in his living room black with three blue triangles and another with a pink rectangle outlined in a shade of yellow. "I like it when things are framed," he says. "It's a trick I use a lot in my window displays." Don't be afraid to let your creativity flow, but be mindful of selecting colors that complement each other.
 
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Washington Blue #CW-630, From $37, Benjamin Moore Powder Blush #1338, From $37, Benjamin Moore Brilliant Blue #2065-30, From $37, Benjamin Moore

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header2 Designers David Rager and Chari Messerli of Weekends painted the white-washed brick walls of oyster and cocktail bar Le Mary Celeste in Paris's Le Marais freehand with a subtle shade of seafoam paint. The unique colorblock doesn't seem to follow any particular form, but functionally it provides a much-needed touch of color to the cloudy space.
 
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Teresa's Green #236, From $93, Farrow & Ball Calamine $230, From $93, Farrow & Ball London Clay #244, From $93, Farrow & Ball

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HEADER3 German muralist Lothar Götz livened up the historic architecture of a London gallery, Domo Baal, by creating a harlequin-like effect with triangular colorblocks of black, orange, pink, yellow, and teal on a soft peach-colored wall. We see this bold look succeeding in a residential interior on a large-scale accent wall or in a jewel-box space.
 
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Salsa #2009-20, From $37, Benjamin Moore Universal Black #2118-10, From $37, Benjamin Moore Bright Yellow #2022-30, From $37, Benjamin Moore

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header4 A trained colorist and stylist Caroline Gomez opted for colorblocking as an easy and low-cost way to revive the white walls of her modern Bordeaux flat, using the edges of the walls as a guide for where to paint. Carefully curated, pastel pink and muddy gray combine flawlessly to celebrate the shape of the pitched-roof room. "For me, color isn't just decorative; it highlights an area," she says." Consider this technique in a room with unusual architecture.

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Belmont Pink #RLIB226, $35, Ralph Lauren Amalfi Red #RLIB230, $34, Ralph Lauren Purple Dahlia #RLIB222, $36, Ralph Lauren

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header Are you a commitment-phobe? Blik has debuted two collections of wall decals (which are temporary -- and quicker than paint) in abstract shapes you can combine to produce a colorblock effect. Designed by architect Mina Javid, the Slant collection features geometric shapes with slanted edges, while Javid's Parallel collection features straight and rectangular decals. Both can be adhered in any arrangement of your choosing and are available in four colorways.
 
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Color Block Slant Wall Decal, $95, Blik Color Block Parallel Wall Decal, $95, Blik
  Photographers: Graham-Atkins Hughes, Alexa Holtz, Julien Fernandez Designers: Jean-Christophe Aumas, Weekends, Lothar Götz, Caroline Gomez Source: Dwell, Remodelista, Domo Baal, Style Me Pretty Living, Blik  

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