Creating Flow In Your Home Is As Easy As A, B, C


By Kate Smith, CMG, CfYH

Have you ever been in a home that felt like a different person decorated each room with no rhyme or reason? A French country kitchen, leading into a modern chic dining room. A billowy, romantic bedroom makes way into an art-deco master bath. Without proper flow, it’s easy for a house to feel compartmentalized and unappealing.

Creating harmonious spaces that flow seamlessly from one space to the next is simple to achieve when you follow my three easy color tips.

All-Over Colour

Begin by standing in each room of the house and note any other rooms in your view. Will guests in the family room see the kitchen? Does the living room open up into a dining area? It is helpful to notice what you see when you look beyond the walls of the room you are in. For instance, do you see the dining room as you walk down the first floor hallway? If so, it’s time to address the connection.

Utilizing one colour as a jumping off point can be a stress-free way to begin your design. Select the main colour from one space, or a lighter or darker variation of that colour, and use it as an accent in an adjoining room. This will allow you to visually connect these two spaces.

Using the same all over colour, or similar hues, creates well-synchronized spaces with a unified flow.

Build Your Scheme

Just because the kitchen flows into the family room doesn’t mean you need to use the exact same wall paint colour in both areas. You have options to create interest while still maintaining your flow.

Instead, choose a few colours that work in tandem and vary how you use them in each room. For example, use a lighter shade of green on the living room walls and then as an accent colour in the kitchen. The red from an accent wall in the dining room may also show up as pillows on the sofa. You are alluding to your colour selections throughout the space without replicating them exactly – creating visual harmony that doesn’t get boring.

Companion Colour

Creating a display of photos by placing each one in a similar type of frame like linen or silver is a tried and true design trick. The same concept works just as well for creating interior flow.

Utilize the same neutral trim colour through each space. By incorporating your neutral such as white, cream, gray, beige, or tan throughout the entire floor plan, you’re framing rooms in a way that allow them to flow from one room to the next. Neutrals are always excellent transition colours.

Even if you are only decorating one room at a time, a home doesn’t have to look like a mishmash of colours and style. Using my simple A,B,C’s you can absolutely design spaces that seem to speak to one another in the same language. By considering the layout, features and connected space you can easily choose colours that create beautiful harmony and flow, together.

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