As with everything in interior design, the role of color is essential.
But luckily, with stilleben, there are no limits to what you can or can’t do, provided that you at least give some thought to your color scheme.
You’ll want to start by getting to grips with the color wheel.
Colors that are next to each other on the color wheel tend to look good together, and so do different shades of the same color. A great LEGO example of this can be seen in our LEGO Art Iron Man series, where the dots contain almost every hue of orange and red. It’s also worth noting that these are on a background of blue, which sits opposite orange on the color wheel.
As a general rule, putting opposite colors together is an effective choice. Think about the iconic visuals of Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, the contrast between the red seats and the green grass. We’re guessing that if you don’t like this LEGO set, it might have something to do with loyalties beyond color contrast considerations… but if you do, try pairing it with similarly colored memorabilia, like a scarf or jersey.
The rule of color contrast is also why black and white remains so visually appealing (and always will). Take the iconic Stormtrooper™ helmet design… need we say more?
Utilizing monochromatic items such as these can also have a really positive effect if and when you decide to incorporate color. For example, say you are a film history buff with the LEGO Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters. Their base of black-and-white really makes the bright colors of their clothing pop in such an eye-catching, aesthetically
pleasing way. Especially if you pair it with other monochromatic colors, like a still from an old Hollywood black-and-white movie. Less really can be more.
This hints at one of the great things about stilleben. It brings color to any setting that lacks it. Say, for example, you are renting an apartment and you can’t decorate the walls how you would like to. Or even if you don’t like large swathes of color, but still are looking for something to vary and brighten the aesthetic. A colorful stilleben is the perfect way to easily and effectively liven up any room.