Home Decorating Rock the ‘Block

 

We lived through the eighties, yet somehow we’re still into colorblocking—there’s something incredibly cool about the wow-pow graphic effect you can give a room by combining two or more solid hues. As the High Priestess of Home, Martha Stewart, puts it in the May issue of Martha Stewart Living, “Just as an orange belt or a pair of red pants can amp up an outfit, one bold decorative gesture, be it a tricolor bookcase or an unexpected combination of throw pillows, can freshen up an otherwise neutral room.”

Martha has a bunch of easy, practical tips for colorblocking, including start small with a couple of colors you’re drawn to and layer them in bit by bit, try a pair of bold-colored drapes and a bold rug (and maybe even a brightly hued chair) in an otherwise neutral room, and limit your palette to three colors to avoid looking like a comic book. We’d also like to offer this friendly public-service announcement: pastels don’t work in colorblocking, so choose rich, saturated tones. Go with complementary hues for a softer look, or use contrast colors for a more stimulating, unexpected palette. And whatever you do, be bold; you can’t overdose on colors you love.

 

For your chance to win Pine Cone Hill’s hot Herringbone Persimmon matelassé coverlet, pictured here in Martha’s article, as well as our Classic Hemstitch sheet in white and our June Stripe decorative pillow  (valued at more than $700), all you have to do is tell us your favorite colorblocking combination in the comments below. Giveaway begins on Friday, May 11th and ends at 11:59p.m. on Sunday, May 13th. (View the full rules here.)

Congratulations to our winner, Sandra from North Carolina! And a special thanks to Erin from House of Turquoise for referring Sandra to Fresh American! Erin will be awarded the same prize plus one to give away on her blog, so stay tuned for another chance to win this rockin’ set!

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59 comments

Barb Dickson May 11, 2012 at 10:11 am

pink and orange…..great combo always!!!

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Kelly Becker May 11, 2012 at 10:14 am

Love the blue and green…a great idea to use it in a bookcase.

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Jennifer May 11, 2012 at 10:20 am

I love blue and white more than any other combination.

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Pam LaperE May 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

Aqua, teal and tourquoise to decorate and orange, hot pink and bright yellow to wear. Pam pblapere@att.net

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Beth Carpenter May 11, 2012 at 10:39 am

aqua, hot pink and orange!

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anne May 11, 2012 at 11:18 am

I love the girly and tropical colors of oranges and pinks like the top picture. But I do love a good turquoise thrown in anywhere!

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JC May 11, 2012 at 11:23 am

Ooh the blue and green looks gorgeous in the bookshelf photo! I also love pink and orange together.

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lynda May 11, 2012 at 11:31 am

I continue to be a big fan of orange and pink color blocking – like the idea of shaking it up by adding a cool color into the mix.

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Kim May 11, 2012 at 11:49 am

Orange and pink with white! I love the bedroom photo!

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Gretchen May 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

purple and green, always!

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robelyn May 11, 2012 at 11:55 am

oh…….. uhmm…. I have several!!! Saffron, red and the purrfect shade of turquoise – gray, brown and black – black, white and all colors in the rainbow – and I’m all about orange and burgundy! Oh – wait! I also like avocado and a deep juicy red with cream.

yes. my house resembles a crayon box.

I love it that Martha has wonderful taste in bedding! ;-D

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Pattie C May 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I’m loving gray and yellow right now.

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Brandy Sayers May 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

For me its any two complimentary colors against white. Like black and vibrant pink against white. Or a bright blue and yellow against white. Whether the white be a wall, a bedspread or a dress!

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Marilyn Hergenrader May 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Trying to take my 13-year old daughter’s room from little girl to teen in a way that will last through high school, and although we dont agree on much, we both agree on the color block idea as a way to make her room hip, fresh and fun. Her room will be rocking the color block theme with hot pink, lime green and an accent of brown.

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Diane Y May 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm

As long as it has blue, I love it! LOVE blue and white and am really getting into aqua and yellow.

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Kelly May 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Hot pink and orange rules!!

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Debra Lee May 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I’m stuck in the 70’s with the avocado green, orange and mustard yellow. Love them togeter!

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Kim May 11, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Yellow, cream and grayish brown or a lime green, orange and deep purple for more color.

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jean May 11, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Amythist and yellow. Royal blue and citrus green. yellow and purple. sage and red.

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Jennifer May 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Orange and Pink together are the best !

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Brie May 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I love black, taupe, and bright pink together!

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Kim Z May 11, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Navy and Orange. That’s why they’re my wedding colors!

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Carol B May 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Navy & turquoise or purple & lime green…any mix or match or combination of those colors together or seperately with white.

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Courtney May 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Turquoise and orange! I like the cool against the warm.

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Lara Zelman May 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Olive green, purple (like a smoky purple) and deep red! Or dark gray & red! Or aqua and yellow…

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Sara Appel May 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm

tuquoise and chartreuse! such happy colors!

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effiejane May 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Pinks and blues including all shades (turqouise)! So yummy!

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Kathleen May 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I have recently decorated a new second floor to my home. I actually did two different types of color blocking, using a seamblue/gray with a mid dark green. In the bedroom/bath area, I chose a pumpkin contrasted with a wheat color and brown accents.

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Kathleen May 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I have already given my comment as stated above, and do not know why this additional page is given. Am I missing the procedure steps?

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abbyw May 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm

You have entered correctly, Kathleen. Which additional page are you referring to?

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Kathleen May 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Hi! In replying to your quesrion about the page that I am referring to,it is this page that repeats itself after a comment is written and submitted.

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kathy May 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

All time favorite color combination is blue and green. From my preppy high school days of navy blue and kelly green (whales on everything!) to now as I love to mix lighter shades of periwinkle and celery green – the combinations are endless!

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Rochelle May 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Aqua or turquoise, red &/or pink and white! Love them!

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Sandra May 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Teal and orange are my colors of choice for this upcoming summer season.

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Jenny May 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I love blue and green

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Jody May 11, 2012 at 5:55 pm

PINK..ORANGE.. GREEN.. YEA YEA YEA~~

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Fouzia Zaman May 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Orange,purple and green! beautiful and chic.

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Jill Feig May 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I love fuscia/tangerine and antique blue with chocolate brown.

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Kathleen May 11, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Hi Jill, So glad to see that you also qre blogging with Frewsh American. Mum

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Jane Gallino May 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm

I love blue and green

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Dorothy B May 11, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I love blue/green!

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Kathy L May 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm

pinks and greens…

greens and blues…

oranges and pinks…

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Tara May 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I love turquoise/clementine, grey/goldenrod, navy/apricot…hard to choose!!

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Deb May 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I Love, Love, Love the hot pink and orange combo! Reminds me of my teen bedroom, circa 1972 :-))

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Jen P. May 11, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I love turquoise, apple green, and white. In the garden, I love purple and orange flowers together.

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Laura May 11, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Love the combination of coral and navy blue.

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Amber Epperson May 11, 2012 at 10:15 pm

I love the pink, orange and salmon! What a beautiful combo!

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L Weber May 11, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Love purple and red together, pink and orange, pink and green (preppy!) and, especially, blue and white! Clean and fresh!

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Kristen May 11, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Blue and green, in any combination of their many glorious shades! From turquoise/chartreuse to deep royal/kelly green to Caribbean blue/ocean green….I love them all!

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Terri W. May 12, 2012 at 1:09 am

I’m loving blues and greens right now, with a little orange and yellow thrown in. Those bookcases are amazing, as is the bedding!

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sherry May 12, 2012 at 1:39 am

i love aqua and chartreuse, and i’m also loving yellow and gray.

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Cheryl May 12, 2012 at 7:31 am

Purple and yellow!

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Anne Barker May 12, 2012 at 9:35 am

I love the orange and pink combinations!

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Jennifer Minchenko May 12, 2012 at 11:05 am

I love orange and yellow, navy and green, and always navy and red!

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Jessica Dougherty May 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

I love teal & red together!

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Jennie May 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Pink and orange is my very favorite combo.

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Deanna G. May 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Pink & turquoise.

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Maria Reilly May 12, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Oh my goodness I love the new Pine Cone Hill bedding. So gorgeous! I need to redo my 8 year-old daughters bedroom and would love the pull the colors from the June stripe pillow. Her favorite color right now is green and I love the colorblock combination of Persimmon and Grass Green. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway! Maria Reilly. mariareilly@comcast.net

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Carmen May 13, 2012 at 10:13 am

I love turquoise and orange together! Beautiful bedding set – it’d be perfect in my turquoise room!

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