Trend Watch: Block colour

Richard Nicoll, Spring/Summer 09,

From the catwalk to your home, try decorating in block colour to bring a fresh and vibrant look.

With block colour making a statement on the catwalk this season, designers have taken inspiration and brought a mix of bold and daring colours to the forefront of interior style. Not only can you now dress and feel confident, but you can bring a strong, sophisticated look to your home without the fuss of busy patterns or prints.

When it comes to blocking, normal colour rules don’t apply so there’s no need to be cautious with clashing colours. This season the colours on trend include oranges, red and hot pinks, bringing a lively and warm feel to your home.

Add confident colour blocks to inspire different moods or themes in the room you are decorating. The bright, tangerine orange Moroccan leather pouffe is one of a range of vibrant colours available from Rockett St George, and its leather exterior will add texture and comfort to your living area. The bold orange and red coloured Bute Tiree wool fabric offset the curvaceous shape of the 2010 Flow Sofa by Kay and Stemmer from Heal’s, making it feel like a warm and welcoming place to snuggle up on. Modular furniture like the Patchwork sofa collection by Pascal Mourgue for Ligne Roset helps build up layers of colour in your living room with its aubergine and raspberry tones.

Patchwork sofa by Pascal Mourgue for Ligne Roset, from £3,073

There are a variety of ways in which you can use colour blocking on your walls, for example choose from stripes, squares, rectangles, or circles to highlight a feature wall or to simply dress an empty wall. Graham and Brown’s rich plain Evita wallpaper will liven up and dramatise a bedroom, and can be effectively contrasted with the fabric on your cushions and blinds, or rugs and throws. Experiment with pinks and purples against a vibrant lime green like this Vermont Roman blind from Tuiss for an exotic warmth of colour. Break up colour blocks with cream, black or grey, for example use a couple of Black Montague Silk Cushions from Heal’s to give a mysterious look and contrast to your colour scheme.

Moroccan Leather Pouffe, £100, Rockett St George

Rothko famously experimented with block colour on canvas to give the viewer an intense experience of colour and emotion. For a colour blocking effect that can be easily removed use wall art, canvases or prints like this orange and yellow Rothko print from Also, the calming and serene tones in this Striped blanket from Designers Guild, can be matched with the Cietti aqua cushion to bring unity and a contemporary feel.

Whether you want to update your style or introduce a new theme use colour with style and confidence to get the best from your interior.

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Emma Foale Emma is a Features Writer and intern at She enjoys writing and getting inspiration from quirky, modern designs, and all things that create visual impact.