Introduce colour blocking in your home

Use blocks of rich colour to bring your home to life in an instant.

The colour blocking trend has jumped out from the pages of fashion magazines onto the walls of our homes, with spectacular results. There are no rules about choosing colours, but if you want maximum impact, the key is contrasting hues. Try mustard yellow and a smoky, deep violet or emerald green and crisp white. For a subtle version of this trend, choose two complementary colours, such as steel grey and dusky blue.

One clever tip is to choose colours that already play a part in the room, such as colours from your floor tiles. This way you will end up with a cohesive colour scheme. Painting a space with detailed interior features? Choose one colour for the walls, another shade for your alcoves or windowsills and a bright hue for the wall behind your entertainment centre. Then use accessories that have similarly vivid colours.