7 Simple Steps to Create Fabric Color Blocks for Your Walls
Unless you have an unlimited budget to tackle a major expansion or renovation project, you are restricted to working within the physical dimensions and existing structure of your current bedroom, dining room or living room. But, what you do within these walls is limitless.
One fun way to literally brighten up an old, drab room is to inject a pop – or lots of pops in this case – of color with fabric blocks. Whether you go bold, subtle or pastel, introducing color can drastically change the look of any space. Color blocking is a bold trend that started in the fashion industry and has made its way to interiors - but it doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg.
Here are 7 easy steps to create your own fabric color blocks:
1. Sketch out the room
The first step is to sketch out your room so you can have a big picture look at the project. Next, decide what wall will be the focal point of the room and draw out a rough placement for your color blocks. Be sure to note the height and width of the feature wall. A total of four blocks is a good number to go with. Finally, determine the size for each block and write it down on your sketch.
2. Choosing a Color Palette
Before you start pinning fabric swatches to your wall, take a step back and ask yourself what do you want the feeling of this room to be? The feeling of the room should be the immediate reaction that you, your family and friends have when they enter the space.
Start by determining the colors for your walls and then choose your accents. The main wall where the color blocks are positioned will be the focal point of the room and should feature the strongest color and allow enough contrast for your blocks to stand out. Next, chose the colors for your blocks.
We were going for a bold statement with our room so we chose a bright orange for our featured wall and flanked this with a yellow and a blue. Next, we chose an assortment of hues that popped off the wall.
Need some help deciding on a color palette? Here are some suggestions:
3. Purchasing Fabric and Wood Supplies
Now you have a reason to go shopping! Time to head to your local fabric store and home improvement center to select your fabrics and wood for the frames and wood screws. Don’t forget to bring your sketch with you as you’ll need to know how much wood and fabric to buy.
4. Cut Wood to Size
Measure twice, cut once! If you do not have a garage or basement to cut the wood in, place a piece of plastic or drop cloth on your floor to keep the wood chips out of your carpet. A circular saw will make the cleanest and quickest cuts, but a handsaw will work as well if you don’t have access to a power saw.
Once you have made your cuts for each block, place the four pieces for each block in separate piles to stay organized.
5. Assemble the Wooden Frames
Start with the biggest block and work your way through the other blocks in descending order. The advantage of starting with the bigger block is that if it looks too big once you put it against the wall, you can always cut down. Much easier to cut than to add!
Begin with the A and B pieces. Place the edges together to form a 90-degree angle. Secure two screws into the frame by drilling through the A piece into the B piece.
6. Attach Fabric
You’re almost done! All that is left to is secure the fabric and place the blocks against the wall. Start by attaching the fabric with a staple gun to the A (top) piece. Fold the fabric over the top of the A piece and make sure to have enough to cover the back of the frame. This is where you will staple the fabric. Start in the corner and stagger your staples an inch apart across the top of the frame until you reach the other corner. Next, flip the frame so the A piece is now on the floor and the C piece is on Top. Pull the fabric tight but not so tight that it rips, and secure to the back of the C piece. Take the fabric from the corner of the B piece and fold over the corner of the C piece. Secure with a staple and continue with the rest of the C piece. Repeat the same steps for the D piece.
7. Arrange the Room
Now that you have your fabric blocks assembled, it is time to stand them up against your feature wall. Remember to stagger the placement of your blocks to add contrast and to fully showcase all of your colors.
The last step is to enjoy the room! And don’t forget to share a photo of your color block projects using the hashtag #mybobs.