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 past “color of the year” Tangerine Tango, which gained immediate acceptance back in 2012 in clothing fashion and is now being seen throughout the popular shelter magazines for interiors, kitchens, and bathrooms!

Photo Credit: Pantone

Tangerine Tango has been popular in clothing and small home goods.

Photo Credit: Obsessed with the Nest Blog

Check out this Tangerine Tango inspired kitchen by Lucy Interior Design!

What is Color Blocking?

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. 

Photo Credit: Sterling Style

Photo Credit: Sensational Color

Color Blocking Curtains

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 blocked curtains create a dramatic pop of color. | Photo Credit: Coco Cozy Blog


Discover More Ways to Color Block Your Home Interior

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!

Color Blocking with an Accent Wall or Ceiling

Color Blocking Cabinetry and Furniture

A more subtle “color blocking” with white, gray and blue. | Kitchen by Levy Art + Architecture.

What will you color block in your interior design?

Karen Wistrom is the VP of Marketing for Dura Supreme Cabinetry and an expert on Kitchen & Bath industry trends. Read her blog stories for cabinetry and kitchen design insights on the Dura Supreme Cabinetry Blog.

Karen Wistrom, ASID, NCIDQ, CMG is Vice-President of Marketing for Dura Supreme, and a certified Interior Designer with 20+ years of experience in the cabinetry market.  As a long-standing member of the International Color Marketing Group (CMG), Karen is highly involved with color forecasting and trend tracking for the interior design industry.

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