Here’s the challenge: you don’t want to paint all the rooms in your house the same colour but at the same time you want the different rooms to work well together. This objective applies whether you live in a traditional property or one that is more open plan. In other words, you want different colours to flow between rooms.
To achieve this, try following our tips.
Keep Connecting Spaces the Same Colour
You can make the different coloured rooms in your house flow together in a more cohesive and pleasing way by keeping the connecting spaces all the same colour. This includes the entrance hall, other halls in your home, room connectors, and more.
Single Colour Thread Throughout
Use a single colour throughout your house in a subtle way. This can include on window frames, for example, or on ceiling mouldings or door frames, i.e. you could use a white trim throughout your home and then different colours on the walls of the rooms.
In some situations, you can also achieve this by using fabrics or soft furnishings in the room.
Think About Sightlines
Colours can look most out of place when you can see one room while standing in another. These rooms should have colour schemes that complement each other and look well together, rather than colour schemes that contrast.
Use the Floor
You can also use flooring in hallways to connect the different colours in a room. An example is to use a rug that is a similar colour to a wall or walls in one room. Of course, this point follows on from the last. For example, if you have a hallway that connects a room where you have a clear line of sight between the two. To make a better flow between them, you can use rugs to bridge the gap.
Use Colour Groups
Sticking to a single colour group throughout the house is another way to ensure there is a good colour flow between rooms. This means, for example, using warm colours in all the rooms (oranges, reds, yellows) while avoiding colder colours (blues, greens, greys). You can also do this the other way around, of course – using colder colours throughout with no warmer colours. This lets you have variety, but maintains consistency.
Use Variations of a Single Colour
This option goes further than the point above. Instead of selecting a colour group, you select a specific colour and then use variations of that colour in the different rooms of your house. This also keeps consistency while maintaining variation.
Repeat a Colour in the Next Room
To get colour flow, you can also repeat a colour in an adjoining room. For example, use one of the two colours you have in one room as a colour in the next one.
Exceptions to the Colour Flow Rule
There are some rooms where you can abandon flow and instead do something completely different and out of context with the rest of the house. Crucially, these should be rooms where there is no line of sight with any other. An example is a bedroom, like a child’s bedroom.
The objective of having a colour flow is to create consistency and continuity throughout the house. Your painter will be able to help you achieve this.