Say goodbye to monotone outfits that put everyone in a melancholic mood. Bold blocks of colour are all the rage on this season’s runways and we must admit, they’re a cheerful change! From Gucci to Galliano, designers are bravely incorporating bright hues into their collections. By combining complementary shades through different articles of clothing, accentuating with accessories, or contrasting with shoes, the colour-blocking trend has made its mark and is here to stay. Just be careful to keep the variation to a minimum –after all, you want to look classy not clown-like.
But this trend isn’t only for fashion. It is just as fabulous in flora. Outdoors, colour-blocking is a modern and simple way to add a touch of sophistication, much like we did to a Forest Hill residence. The same rules apply as they do to clothing though, so tone it down and tread carefully.
Keep it in the family: the colour family, that is! Don’t mix colors that don’t match. Try to pair complementary shades, such as fiery fuchsias and outspoken oranges or keep similar colours in the same region. This is exactly what we have done on Lonsmount Dr., where green and red-hued Heuchera, Japanese blood grasses, Deer Fern, Hinoki false cypress, and Hostas were separated into specific blocks. Or take example from the Canada Blooms live wall and build trendy tetris-like sections.
Nice and neat: keep lines clean and uncomplicated. This is not the place to try crazy patterns inspired by crop circles. Edges should be straight and sharp, even separated by stones.