One of the reasons we all love Fixer-Upper is Joanna’s fabulous knack for making the rooms in her fixer-upper houses flow together. Well, that and Chip’s funny antics and how they transform the worst homes on the block, and those adorable kids, and the amazing vision they have for each home, and Chip and Jo’s farmhouse and…. Well, the list goes on and on! But I know that part of the reason we love Fixer-Upper is how amazingly all the rooms in a fixer-upper home work together! We don’t have to appear on Fixer-Upper to have a home that seamlessly transitions from one room to another! Here are 5 great tips for creating a home that flows wonderfully together! And moving to Waco is not one of the five on this list!
USE THE SAME OR SIMILAR PAINT COLORS
This is probably the easiest fix for rooms that don’t flow well together. Painting all the rooms in your home using the same 2 or 3 colors will visually connect them. You will be amazed by how a home will look larger and more cohesive if the wall colors (and ceilings) work together.
Here at StoneGable the bulk of our home is painted Sonnet by Benjamin Moore. It’s a light, warm off-white that seems to work with all my decor. I love how effortlessly I can move furniture and accents from one room to the next because of the neutral wall color.
FLOORING IS FOREMOST
One of the best ways for rooms to work beautifully together is by using the same flooring so one room flows into another. This is especially important for large open areas in a home.
Use area rugs that have some of the same colors in all of them. They don’t have to be the exactly the same. Yes, you can put a couple of the same rugs in one open area but they can often look boring and a little too safe!
Yes, you can put a couple of the same rugs in one area but they can often look boring and a little too safe! If you feel better doing this stick to rugs like sisal.
Area rugs in open spaces should have a few colors similar colors in them. Not every color has to be the same. We want to put area rugs in our homes that are compatible if they can be seen together.
At StoneGable we are putting the same hardwood throughout our home! It has been a four year project but what a difference! The open spaces look larger and the overall look of our home looks less choppy and is so much more pleasant to the eye. We have two more rooms to go! Only our laundry room and two bathrooms will be different when our total home makeover is done.
I am just a little “wild” with the area rugs in the front of my home. The living room, dining room, and foyer all run together in one large open space. The area rug in each room is different but black and white in all three rugs makes them work together.
KEEP TRIM AND DOORS UNIFORM
Keeping the trim around doors and windows the same throughout a home will make it look more cohesive. Don’t forget to do the same with baseboards, crown molding, and doors. Also if you have any distinctive architectural elements in a room try repeating them in some way in other room.
Things like crown molding and the trim may not be the first things we see in a room, but when these things are uniform the look like they belong together.
I think one of the biggest mistakes home decor enthusiasts make is when they paint or stain trim differently throughout their homes. Keep all trim the same color!
All the trim at StoneGable is Atrium White by Benjamin Moore. The architectural fluted columns that are part of our fireplace is repeated in our kitchen and foyer.
USE FABRICS THAT COORDINATE OR WORK WELL TOGETHER
I’m not a very matchy-matchy person and would not suggest using a specific motif or fabric in your rooms, but I would say that it’s nice to have fabrics that coordinate from room to room.
Repeat a color in a fabric, pick a stripe that works with many other textiles in your home or have a few great neutral pieces that work with everything!
Six years ago I started to decorate with neutrals! This was after my unfortunate Tuscan phase. I love all the variations of neutrals from white literally to black! I decorate with a plethora of soft and off whites and they all work together.
A pop of color or wood tone or texture can also be carried throughout a home. with rattan blinds. They are mostly decorative and they add such great texture to a room as well as a repeated element.
Almost all the windows at StonGable are fitted with rattan blinds. They are mostly decorative and add such great texture to the rooms as well as a repeated overall element.
CARRY ONE STYLE THROUGHOUT YOUR HOME
This is fun! And easy if you like one particular style like French country or midcentury modern. If you are more eclectic, like me, find that one style that you can fit bits and tads of it in each room! There should be one thing, no matter how small, who’s style appears in every room.
I consider my style classic/ traditional/ refined/ farmhouse/ cottage/ industrial. In other words very very eclectic. The common styles that run throughout my home are classic and a touch of farmhouse.
A great example of this is the gilded mirror I replaced in my living room. It has really never worked there for me. I always knew it made the room look a little too staid, a little too formal when paired together with the living room drapes. It took a long time for me to get this one right. It was very hard to part with that beautiful mirror. The room needed something a little chippy, a little plain! It needed a taddy bit of farmhouse.
I replaced gilding for grunge! Now my living room flows much better with the entire front of my home.
How about you? Do you have any great tips for making the rooms in a home flow together?
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