By Kunal Sharma,
Color has always played an important role in the domains of fashion and interior design. Choosing the right color combinations can make or break your look when it comes to fashion. Irrespective of how gorgeous your outfit is, using the wrong colors would make all your efforts go in vain. Similarly, using incoherent combinations of colors while designing the interiors of your office would mask all the sleek designs and beautifully crafted furniture articles.
Coming into prominence in the ’60s, color blocking is an activity primarily associated with fashion. However, over time, it has seeped into the realm of commercial interior designing, making designers block the right colors while working with commercial spaces across the board.
Irrespective of the domain in which you apply it, color blocking essentially works the same way everywhere. At the end of the day, it is all about using colors the right way to add to the beauty and aesthetic appeal of a person or a place.
What Do You Mean By Color Blocking?
Color blocking is the art of using two or more (preferably contrasting) colors on an object or within a space to give it a unique and appealing look. Fashion designers have been pairing various colors while designing clothes to make them stand out from the clutter, grab every eyeball, and make the clothes pleasing to the eyes.
A similar trend is now being used in commercial interior designing as the designers select a contrasting combination of shades and colors to give a unique and beautiful look to offices. Right from pairing dark blue chairs with white tables to pairing earthy brown floorboards with peach walls, color blocking can be used to give a definite look and feel to your office. Just like fashion, color blocking used in interior designing is the art of choosing the right colors and visualizing the space well before going ahead with the execution.
To optimize color blocking, it is important to use complementary and contrasting colors. While a lot of color blocking is about using contrasting colors, not every pair of contrasting colors would complement each other.
Important Color Blocking Principles To Take Note Of
Refrain From Using Loud Colors
While you can go no holds barred while designing residential interiors, designing commercial spaces often requires the use of subtle undertones and understated colours. While adopting color blocking for commercial spaces, it is advisable to use complementary colors that are not too loud, unless the client specifically asks for it.
Especially while designing the interiors of offices, you can use contrasting colors and shades that do not seem distracting from the overall theme of the space. Staying subtle and minimal in your approach while designing commercial interiors adds to the overall appeal of the space.
Let Color Blocking Go Beyond Walls
When it comes to designing interiors, people often limit color blocking to the walls. They use different contrasting colors on the walls to give a unique look to the room but do not venture beyond that. To use color blocking to its fullest and get the best results, it is advisable to go beyond the walls and apply the same to other sections of the commercial space as well.
While the walls take up the most space in a room, make sure you take the entire space into consideration and use color blocking on the floor, furniture, lights, and ceiling as well. Come up with a central theme and extend it throughout the interiors by combining complementary colours.
However, using color blocking for the whole area does not mean that you overdo it and apply the same colors to every single object within the room. While creating a tasteful color scheme and design for the interiors, always make sure that you don’t go overboard with the colours. Having a restrained and subtle approach should always be your priority.
Tips For Using Color Blocking While Designing Commercial Interiors
Paint Wall Panels In Complementary Colors
DIY wall panels are commonly found in offices, restaurants, and hotel receptions. If the commercial space you are designing has such panels, you can use contrasting and complementary colors to paint them. This would make the panels stand out in the room and give them a personality of their own. If used in the cabins of executives, putting on laminated photographs and certificates on such panels would add to the cabin’s appeal.
Frame Your Mirrors With Color Blocking
You can always extend the magic of color blocking to the restrooms. Color the frames of the mirrors in the restrooms in a way that is a perfect contrast with the color of the wall behind them. Even if you keep nothing else on the wall except the mirror frames in contrasting colours, the minimal approach would enhance the simple yet elegant feel of the space.
Perks Of Color Blocking In The Commercial Interior Designing Space
Building A Unique Visual Identity
Just like a logo, tagline, and other branding elements, color blocking allows you to give a unique visual identity to the brand whose commercial interiors you are working on. Using colors that are in sync with the personality of the brand increases its recall value and extends its presence in a spatial form. Especially in the case of designing commercial spaces that are visited frequently by customers and clients, using the right theme and colors enhances brand association.
Influencing Employee Engagement
In 2022, millennial and Gen-Z employees are not willing to work in offices having dull interiors. Innovative color blocking while designing commercial interiors help you come up with themes vibrant that positively influence the engagement of employees working in the company.
Casting The Perfect First Impression
When the interiors of an office, a restaurant, a hotel, or any other commercial space have great aesthetics, they allow the brand to cast an ideal first impression on its clients. When the clients walk into the office impressed, the chances of fruitful deals being cracked increase!
The Final Word
With color blocking, commercial interior designers have borrowed one of the most appealing trends for increasing the appeal of the spaces they tend to. By using the same principles and adopting an innovative approach, interior designers can definitely work wonders with color blocking!
(The author is Founder & CEO, Flipspaces. Views expressed are personal and do not reflect the official position or policy of the FinancialExpress.com.)