Minimalist and colour blocking are not often two words you’ll find in the same sentence. A clean minimalist aesthetic instantly conjures up images of whites and neutrals, giving the effect of maximum space. That’s because colours have a huge impact on our perception of space.
Dark and intense colours advance much more than their lighter, less saturated counterparts – which typically recede in space. Because of this, a minimalist might shudder at the thought of adding too much colour, let alone colour blocking, to the home. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
The trick is, as always, to keep it simple. Colour adds a lot to a space, so there’s no need to add any other clutter. Let the colour do the talking for you.
Here are 6 ways to use colour blocking in a minimalist way
Layer coloured shapes onto white walls and doors
Or go bold and colour block entire areas
Layer different shades of the same colour for effortless colour blocking
Try a more subtle approach
Take a 50/50 approach to your walls
Add a surprise pop of colour
Define a space with colour blocking
Define coloured spaces with clear, structured lines
Use colour blocking to segment spaces, breathing new life into forgotten corners
Ease yourself into using colours
If you’re new to colours, use natural tones to ease yourself in
Or you can try layering the same colour in different textures
If you can’t commit with a paintbrush, use furnishing and accessories instead
Keep it simple
And finally, remember the key to a minimalist space is to keep it simple and avoid all clutter. Let the standout features do the talking