Color Blocking: Purple & Yellow

April 4, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Color blocking is defined as taking colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel and pairing them together to create a look, this has been done for years in fashion and is now being looked at more and more in home decor. The idea of color blocking was originally conceived of by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian who is thought of as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. While not all of the color combinations come from being opposite each other on the color wheel, red and yellow are only separated by three other colors on the wheel, that’s where we are going to start with our look of color pairings. We are going to start with Yellow and Purple, a very striking combination that combines the deep, rich hue of purple and the bright happy color of sunshine and butter. Join me today for a look at our first Color Blocking combo, is this something you could do in your home? Enjoy!!! (above image via)

This can be a very striking color combination, depending on what shades of each color you choose to use. Here a bright lemon-colored sofa is very striking against Lilac colored walls. (via)

Here we see deep Purple walls with white wainscoting providing the backdrop for bedding with a “Yellowish” bedspread. Notice how Gray is used as a buffer between the Purple and Yellow. (via)

Lots going on here with different shades of purple set against a bright yellow wall with a subtle harlequin pattern, Green is used as an accent color. (via)

Here we see our two focuses colors used together in sparing amounts. A pair of purple ottomans rest under a hall table and are paired with Yellow upholstered chairs on each side of the table. (via)

I really like this room, a large traditionally shaped neutral sofa sits in front of a soft purple wall. Yellow is brought in through fabric and artwork as well as Gold is seen on several of the frames used on pieces on the gallery wall. (via)

Here Purple and Yellow are used as accent colors in a neutral colored room. Both of our colors are found in the gorgeous rug on the floor with the biggest punch of yellow being the drapes in the room. (via)

Purple and Yellow are used on walls and the ceiling of this dining room with a neutral colored floor and lots of light colored wood toning the two colors down. (via)

I hope you enjoyed our first look at color blocking combos, watch this space for more of these combinations. Check back later this morning as I share some of the beauty of Milan, Italy with your from our recent trip to Italy. Enjoy!!!

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