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A fashion runway trend for years, color blocking, or the art of mixing solid hues together, is now popping up in contemporary interior design in a number of creative ways.  From making a bold statement to adding bright pops of color, creating a well-balanced, colorful look can be tricky. To help design enthusiasts navigate this popular design trend, Silestone, the leading manufacturer of natural quartz surfacing known for its stunning color selection, asked Dallas-based designer Abbe Fenimore, founder of Studio Ten 25 and a Silestone Trendspotter, to share her top color blocking combos and expert tips on how to utilize the technique for any room of the home.

“Adding color blocking into your home is simple,” Fenimore said. “If being bold overwhelms you, there are a number of ways to incorporate the concept without taking over the space. Most people tend to use color blocking in a room as a bold statement, but I also love the look when it is used in a simple and stylish way. ”

The following are Fenimore’s top three tips for being confident when color blocking.

Tip #1 – Use Your Color Wheel

Fenimore suggests finding a color combination by using complementary colors, which are located across from each other on a color wheel; or analogous colors, which are located next to each other on the wheel.  Her favorite combos include black and blue, pinks and orange, grey and white, and purple and orange.

For homeowners looking to incorporate color blocking in the kitchen and bath, Fenimore suggests the following Silestone hues for her favorite color combinations: Black & Blue: Black Tao, Stellar Marine; Pink & Orange: Magenta Energy, Orange Fuego; Grey & White: Lagoon, Kensho; Purple & Orange: Black Anubis, Azul Enjoy.

“You can always block three or more colors,” Fenimore said. “Start with two and if you like the way it accentuates your room, go for a third.”

Tip #2 Layer In Color

If large swaths of bold color seems overwhelming, Fenimore suggests considering a neutral palette for the larger items in the room, like the surfaces and furnishings, and adding color using accent pieces.

“Layering the room with colorful art or a rug can also help tie your look together,” Fenimore said. “Pillows are always a great way to work in the color-blocking look, they come in many bold colors and a variety of textures create a sophisticated look that’s easy to change out.”

Tip #3 Mix In a Pattern

While color blocking solid colors, Fenimore suggests adding a more sophisticated look by incorporating colorful patterns. In the kitchen or bath, consider a bold countertop hue that coordinates with a patterned back splash.

“Mixing in stripes or graphic patterns can take the look to the next level easily too,” Fenimore said. “Just be careful not to be all over the place with your stripes and patterns. The more pattern you want to use in a room design, the more subtle the color combinations should be.”

As a Silestone Trendspotter, Fenimore recently took her eye for design to one of the nation’s top design shows, Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, where she spent two days looking for the latest and greatest in contemporary design trends. She will be presenting her top finds later this summer at the Dallas Cosentino Center. For more information her trend report or the 2013 Silestone Trendspotters, visit:

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