Trend Watch: Color Blocking in Architecture


By Christine Seibold, Colour Studio, KEIMFARBEN GMBH

Color can be used in so many ways to enhance the impact of architecture and its surroundings. One method is color blocking, in which the designer applies contrasting — and sometimes startling — colors to a grid of blocks, shapes and lines on a building surface to give it more style, energy and distinction. The key to color blocking is to use bold combinations — vivid or unexpected colors paired with neutrals or black for maximum drama.

Color blocking can add visual interest and create depth on an otherwise flat or ordinary-looking façade. It can highlight specific facets of a building, such as the entrance, or it can be used to create a "pixelated" canvas with mosaic-like designs.

Here are examples of color blocking applied with Keim Mineral Paints. Visit Keim online for more examples of color blocking.

École des Arts, France
Residence in France   Les Ostyras, France

Quartier de la Tour, France (above);

Chroma Residence, France (left)


Residence in France    

*Claims or positions expressed by sponsoring authors do not necessarily reflect the views of TPC, Durability + Design or its editors.





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