Remember in preschool picking the loudest and most vibrant colors from the crayola palette and splashing them against paper until someone said “How lovely?” Well because we aren’t five, the onlookers might be a little more critical than nice when observing your latest attempt at color blocking. Worry not! It’s easier than you think and once you preview these Color Blocking Commandments you’ll be a walking billboard for what everyone else should’ve done this morning. “I don’t need to try color blocking. I’m happy without” you say? This is the part where I remind you that color used to be your favorite thing to do in preschool…tap into your inner child and fearlessly go where all fashionable closets have gone before.
Color Blocking Commandments…
1. Thou Shall Use Solids: mixing trends can be fun and a way to set yourself aside from the copycaters of fashion mag’s who do everything by the book. However, mixing the wrong trends would be style suicide. So as much as you may want to throw in a print or pattern such as stripes with your color blocking extravagance…please note that color blocking is most righteously done with solids for the full color effect.
2. Thou Shall Strive for Color Balance: yes fashion is both art and science. This color balancing aspect may very well be the trickiest of tasks. When color blocking, all items must have equivalent pizzazz. If you choose one pastel hue, all other colors must be of the same color depth. If you choose a bright cobalt blue, then your other colors must be just as bold such as a fire engine red. Mixing pastel and bolds might turn out well for you but it won’t give you the color blocking look that has been haute for at least the last four years.
3. Thou shall Use Complementary Colors: these are the colors that appear directly opposite from one another on the color wheel. Check out the wheel below to get a few ideas on color combinations for your next color blocking attempt: