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I went to architecture school but am now a design and craft blogger over at Lauren Elise Crafted where I highlight crafts, DIYs and tutorials, photography, vintage finds, and all things lovely.
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Color blocking is a new trend that pairs large swatches of bright, solid colors. Usually the term applies to fashion, but the same bold design can apply to home goods. The look is clean and modern — playful, not stark. I am such a fan of color and think there is definitely a place for it among the whites and neutrals of typical modern design. All of these color-block items are simple, but the perfect pop of color for a white wall, beige couch, clean desktop or drab dinnerware.
— Lauren From Lauren Elise Crafted
— Lauren From Lauren Elise Crafted
Cactus Geo Wall Art - $39
This bright canvas print will add some life to your white walls. If you're going to color block, you might as well color block with neon, right? Part painting, part photographic print, this collage is ready to be a focal point.
Soft Side Table - $469
These side tables were designed specifically to feel modern, but also to be welcoming and accessible. The color feels playful. You don't always associate modern design with nature and organic shapes, but, in this case, the design for the table legs was inspired by a bundle of sticks.
broad stripe throw in accessories - $59.95
This throw is for those who want to color block without being too daring. Snuggle up under mostly neutrals with just a bit of bright, pool blue.
Miix Spoon Set - $28
Mugs shouldn't be the only things with fun colors and patterns. Spice up tea time with these intricate spoons.
Whistler Cork Teapot - $25
A modern take on the Japanese tea set, this ceramic version also incorporates cork into the design.
Bamboo Wood Cutlery - $36
I love those disposable wooden utensils for picnics and outdoor eating. The only problem is that they get tossed after a single meal. These organic, bamboo utensils are reusable and come in a variety of colors. Guests can have their own hues!
Pixel Rug - $349
This pixel rug is quite bold and bright. I would tone it down by keeping the room simple with mostly neutrals: whites and grays. Accent with a few touches of blue and chartreuse to tie in the rug.
Twill Ribbon - $8
I love wrapping up presents, but the key is to find simple components that can package up quickly and also leave a big impact. My go-to for packaging is kraft paper and colorful ribbon or twine, like this twill ribbon.
Blue and White Color Block Ceramic Cup By SMALL SPELLS - $20
I picture this simple ceramic cup on top of a modern desktop holding old-fashioned fountain pens — a typewriter would clank away next to it.
Crinkled-Stripe Throw - $78
The tones on this blanket are muted. It gives it a beachy vibe, something lightweight that you can cozy-up under in the summer.
Stained Glass Air Plant Holder, Mod Round 3 By Glass Etc. - $24
Stained glass is a perfect example of color blocking, but usually it connotes Victorian houses and European churches. However, stained glass can feel modern — as demonstrated in this mini air plant holder.
Multi Mini Trio - $66
One can never have too many bowls. Not only are the interiors painted with colors such as yellow-green, Argentine blue and cerulean blue, but the exterior has a neat, spotted texture.
RENATE Rug, low pile - blue - IKEA
This Ikea rug reminds me of a Mark Rothko painting. At $20, it's a steal. The rug is reversible, so you are actually getting two rugs in one.
de Kooning-Esque 6 - $195
Abstract expressionist artwork doesn't only have to exist in art galleries. This pillow is based on the work of Willem de Kooning and it is meant for your couch. Despite being based on modern artwork, I think the design would pair quite nicely with vintage pieces in a home that mixed old and new.
Antique London Lamp Post, Frosted Light Bulb By EarthSeaWarrior - $175
Usually you want to hide electrical cords, but it plays an integral part in this lamp — show it off!
Retro Pens Set - $6
These two-tone pens are straight out of the Mad Men era. I would feel hip storing these sleek designs in my pockets.
Lobster Rope Doormats - $40
These color-blocked doormats are actually from repurposed materials. They are made from float-ropes which lobstermen used at sea. The rope is now illegal in fishing, but the durable materials make for rugged doormats.
Italian Pushpins - $4
Is this a box of candy? These pushpins look good enough to eat and colorful enough to spruce up any boring bulletin board.
Cammeo Porcelain Storage Container - $50
These porcelain containers are quite sculptural, but they are also functional. The colorful stripe is actually a rubber band that seals the lid to the base, keeping knickknacks safe and organized.