Make it pop: 24 home interiors with color blocks
Although it has long been thought that newborns cannot see color at all, recent studies have shown that newborns can actually distinguish between different shades. And while young minds may not fully understand what they’re seeing, the impression and effect of bright visuals still elicits a powerful response. This is true throughout our lives. Color can have a powerful impact on our emotions. Architects and designers have long used this to their advantage, especially when it comes to interior spaces. Whether you want to emphasize a particular architectural feature, create a particular atmosphere, differentiate areas in an open-concept layout, or brighten a room with finishes, color is extremely important to professionals throughout the design process. It’s an important tool. Color blocking, especially the combination of multiple bold shades, can be a success if done correctly.
The most reliable approach is to combine colors from opposite sides of the color wheel. First arranged by Isaac Newton after he experimented with straying light through a prism, this practical shape arranges the colors of the visible spectrum in relation to each other. Visual In his art field, painter Piet Mondrian pioneered color blocking by limiting artistic elements to three primary colors, leading to a boom in this technique in design and fashion from the 1960s onwards. Another early fan of the intense color palette was Le Corbusier. The influential Swiss architect believed that color helped coordinate spatial effects. It is perhaps most evident in his pavilion “Gesamtkunstwerk”.
To this day, architects and design professionals still utilize color blocking techniques. Particularly when it comes to interior design, color is often considered one of the defining factors, with Pantone’s Color of the Year award capturing the industry’s attention each year and launching a corresponding collection of furniture and décor advice. Our pick for 2023 is Magenta, which encourages “unrestricted experimentation and self-expression.” This trend reflects the concept that has been prominent in recent years: prioritizing users’ physical, mental, and emotional well-being. By combining her not just one color but multiple bright, vibrant colors in her interiors, the designer promotes happiness, tranquility, optimism, and playfulness as an antidote to many of the world’s political and natural upheavals. You can increase the effect. This is especially true for private living spaces.
Whether it’s an array of more subdued, muted pastels or an uplifting full-color extravaganza on your walls and furniture, strategically mixing hues also lends itself to a number of important and unexpected technical design features. . Calculated dark accents create the illusion of depth and perspective. Properly placed bright colors can make a space appear larger. When used on objects or specific architectural features, bold hues next to muted tones can highlight a home’s unique features and structure, drawing focus where it’s needed. This applies not only to artificially created shades, but also to the colors of naturally occurring materials, such as various woods and concrete.
Whatever the intention, bold interior color combinations will continue to enliven our living spaces. In this interior-focused article, we take a look at how different home designs use color blocking to their interior benefits through 24 projects from our database.
Huellas House /cumuloLimbo Studio
Haberdashery house / OOIIO Arquitectura
Consita House / Escoland + Stiegman
MG08 Housing / BURR Studio
Nagatacho Apartment / Adam Nathaniel Furman
Cat Flat Apartment / Line Design Studio
CR.IS Apartment / A2OFFICE
Cores Apartment / Camilla Fleck Architecture
Highlight architectural features
Long House Apartment / Tarita Nogueira Architecture
Colors of My Life Apartment / WY-TO Architects
Tel Aviv / Michal Shigri Apartment Architecture + Rebecca Citrin Interior Design
Zvonica House / gmb.
Isole Apartment / Biro +
Cass Apartment / Felipe Jes Arquitectos
Ewelina Art Studio / Ewelina Makosa
Dreamscape Apartment / Red 5 Studio
Strengthening the structure
Rosso Verde House / Carter Williamson Architects
tetuan coliving / ch + qs arquitectos
Apartamento PSDL19 / Estudio Reciente
Renovation of a 1950s villa in Vers-Chez-les-Bruns / Bureau Brisson Architects
Apartment SP / SADAR+VUGA
Tree House / Maran Forster architecture interior design
South Melbourne House / Mitsuori Architects
Bookworm and Cat House / Barker Associates architecture office
Find more color block interiors in this My ArchDaily folder created by the author.
This article is part of an ArchDaily series that explores interior architectural features from our unique project database. Each month, we’ll highlight how architects and designers are using new elements, new features, and new features in interior spaces around the world. As always, ArchDaily values the opinions of our readers. If you think a particular idea should be mentioned, please submit a suggestion.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on February 22, 2023.