5 ways to get boldly creative with colour blocking

If you love bright colours and experimenting with different hues then colour blocking is an art trend that you’ll want to try for yourself. This technique involves mixing solid colours to create a bold statement through contrasting lines and shapes. You can apply it to your creative image making, flatlays, your outfit and even your home decor. Even if your personal aesthetic doesn’t lend itself to working with bold colours there’s a way you can make colour blocking work for you.

Here are our top tips for how to get started with colour blocking:

Work with complementary colours

To combine contrasting colours that work together in a complementary way, pair hues that are on opposite sides of the colour wheel. These are pairs of one cool and one warm colour, for example blue and orange, yellow and purple or red and green. 

Contrast similar colours

You can also achieve an eye-catching colour blocking effect by combining colours from the same segment of the colour wheel. Although more similar spectrums, select colours are unique enough to stand out and create a bold colour blocking effect.

Mix a neutral and a bright

If the idea of combining or bold shades is a little too much for you, try pairing a neutral shade with the colour of your choice. You can still achieve a dramatic effect with a more subtle contrast and no clashing colours!

Pair unexpected colours together

Break all the colour rules and experiment with blocks of unconventional colour combinations. Pink and green should never be seen says who? Go bold or go home and don’t be afraid to clash colours for maximum impact!

Combine contrasting shades of the same colour

You can never have too much of a good thing so if you want to stick to your favourite colour you can still colour block using just it. Choose contrasting shades of the same hue and combine them for the same effect.

Colour blocking doesn’t necessarily have to be bright or bold, just use it to create contrast and images that catch the attention of your audience. You can even mix solid colour with patterns, texture or smaller items and allow the negative space of the block to direct your viewers eye.