Art of Color Blocking
Accent favorite photographs or paintings by “matting” them with a bold block of color (Orange Ochre, #2010-1, shown) on the wall behind. The effect is striking for a single picture or a grouping.
Spice up a breakfast nook or other dining area with a four-course convergence of color that extends onto the ceiling. Colors shown: Golden Meadow, #3008-3B; New Avocado, #6007-6A; Hubbell House Tamarisk, #6004-5C; and Well Water, #5005-8A.
Block Around the Clock
Only have time for a quick update? You can wind this one up in an hour or less with a quart of paint. Use a level to mark the parallel vertical lines and a carpenter’s square to determine where to apply the horizontal strips of painter’s tape that establish a “time frame.” Paint the accent color (Well Water, #5005-8A, shown) to surround a favorite wall clock with a colorful band.
Wake up a tired bedroom wall by painting a bedside banner (Organic Garden, #6005-6B) behind a nightstand. For a striking tone-on-tone effect, paint the nightstand a lighter shade (Herb Cornucopia, #6005-5C). The greens here are eye-opening, but not alarming.
Color blocking isn’t just for walls -- the technique works on furniture and decor items, too. Bracket good reads with easy bookends made from pieces of 2 x 4s with L-brackets on the back for stability. Then tape and paint them bright colors: Orange Ochre, #2010-1; Well Water, #5005-8A; and Caramel Honey, #3003-3B.