Color Blocking in the Kitchen?

Kitchen design is a fashion-oriented industry and kitchen designers strive to stay on the cutting edge of trends so they can advise, recommend and deliver couture interiors for their customers.  

There are many trends that start in the fashion industry and eventually find their way into home interiors and kitchens.  One example is Pantone's "color of the year" Tangerine Tango, which gained immediate acceptance in clothing fashion and is now being seen throughout the popular shelter magazines for interiors, kitchens and baths!

Pantone's 2012 Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango

 Tangerine Tango Mood Baord of Pantone's 2012 Color of the Year

A bright vibrant orange built-in kitchen hutch.

Another popular fashion trend that is making the leap into home interiors is called "Color Blocking".  In fashion, color blocking refers to bands or blocks of high-impact colors that are being used for clothing, handbags and shoes. 

Fashionistas are combining hues from opposite sides of the color wheel to create eye-popping effects.  An example would be turquoise-colored jeans, paired with an orange shirt and a hot-pink skinny belt (and don't forget the matching orange nail polish!).  Shown below are a few examples of "Color Blocking" in fashion. 

Color blocking

Color Blocking Tangerine Orange Mood Board

Curtains were one of the first widely accepted home goods to utilize color blocking with beautiful effects.  In the images below, bands of color create a dramatic and colorful frame to the windows.

 color blocking for curtains

Color blocked curtains

Color blocking didn't stop with curtains and clothing.  Interior designers are using splashes of bright, shocking and fun colors in all areas of the home with marvelous effect.  Below are a few images of how designers are using "Color Blocking" to create fashionable and fun home interiors!

One wall of color in the kitchen brightens the entire room!

Color Blocking with and accent wall in a kitchen

The ceiling is an interesting place to introduce an intense color.

One row of red cabinetry in a white kitchen is stunning.

Upper cabinets in soft turquoise are accented with lower cabinets in soft yellow.

A traditional kitchen uses color blocking with white paint and dark stained cabinetry.

A more subtle "color blocking" with white, gray and blue.

Instense hues of black and fuschia make a stunning focal point in this entryway.


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