Do you ever feel like your home is lacking a sense of flow? Not in terms of traffic flow, but visual flow.
If you feel like there is a disconnect between each space, then keep reading!
Chances are, the rooms in your home aren’t all going to be decorated exactly the same way. Each room serves a different purpose so the choices you make in terms of style and color can vary, sometimes greatly. However, it’s completely possible to create visual harmony in your home and establish a flow through each space without sacrificing their individual identities.
You can do this through simple decorating techniques. There are three effective ways to create flow using your decor:
In this post, I’m going to explore each technique and the easy ways you can apply them to your decor to get rid of that “choppy” feeling.
Color is one of the most powerful elements in decorating. Each space has its own function and unique lighting conditions, so the color story is apt to change from room to room. When you are choosing colors, though, it’s good to look at the bigger picture of the house as a whole and keep in mind how each color palette will relate to the rest. To create visual harmony in your home, take the time to coordinate colors throughout.
That doesn’t mean that they all have to be exactly the same in order to coordinate. Here are some ways to maintain color continuity throughout your home:
- Establish a consistent color palette that connects the spaces. Choose a neutral and 3-5 accent colors that complement each other, but aren’t necessarily used all together in each room.
- Choose one color to repeat in each room but in a different way. For example, in one room that color may be the dominant color, but in another it’s used as a secondary color and in another, just an accent color. This can be done with paint colors, fabrics, and accessories.
- Paint all the walls in the house the same color and accent with different colors in each room. The accents can be accessories or maybe even an accent wall. If your home has an open layout, sticking with one neutral paint color is the easiest choice. You can then bring in your accent color by painting one wall to define the space.
- If you don’t want to paint the walls the same color in each room, you could use tint or shade of your main color. Tint refers to a lighter version where white is added to the color to tone it down. Shade is the darker version of a color with gray or black added. Your paint store can mix it for you to help you get the right color.
- Keep all the trimwork and molding the same color. This sounds super simple because it is! This one small but important element will help create harmony throughout your home.
Another great way to create flow and unite spaces is by having consistent flooring throughout the home. This is especially important in small spaces. Having several different types of flooring disrupts the flow and creates a “chopped up” appearance.
If the flooring in your home is different and you can’t change it, you can visually connect the spaces with area rugs. The most important thing to remember when coordinating area rugs in an open floor plan is that they should share a similar color palette or at least have one or two colors in common. Again, color is the key element that will create harmony in your open floor plan.
You may like several different styles (most of us do) and want to incorporate all of them in your home in some way, but are struggling to find a balance between them that feels natural. Defining what these styles are and what it is that you like about each of them is a key step to creating a home that is unique to you, and it will also help you figure out how to create continuity between each space. (Not sure what your style is? Check out Your Design Lifestyle Workbook.)
Looking at the styles that you like, choose the one you respond most strongly to as your predominant style and incorporate it in some way, big or small, into each space. To carry a consistent style into each room, use various materials, fabrics, and shapes to keep it fresh and different. This will give each room its own identity while keeping things consistent throughout your home.
For example, your favorite styles may be contemporary, bohemian, and glamour. If the majority of your favorite elements come from the contemporary style, choose that as your anchor and incorporate some of its elements into each space. Your kitchen can still be a glamorous haven, but include some contemporary elements to ensure that it flows with the rest of your home.
Your Design Lifestyle Workbook takes you through an easy process to figure out what your anchor style is and what those elements should be.
Any of these three techniques will help you create a more cohesive, beautifully decorated home. You can use one or all three to achieve a sense of flow. Which one speaks to you the most? Let me know in the comments.
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