One of the ways a home can feel cohesive is by creating rooms that flow together. Seamlessly and visually beautiful! It is important to think of your home as a whole and not only separate rooms! It’s all about the flow!
Does your home, as a whole, feel curated? Do your rooms work together as part of a whole? Or do your rooms feel disjointed Do they look “choppy”? Or do they play nicely together? Is walking from one room to another a beautiful transition?
I get emails all the time from readers wondering how to create a home that seems to FLOW!
WHAT ARE ROOMS THAT FLOW TOGETHER
I often talk about the eye/mind connect and how decorating is all about what our eyes see and how our mind perceives it.
We first need to think of the rooms in our home as a whole. One experience! One big decorative journey!
When we go from one room to another and our minds see some continuity and they can make sense of room to room transitions our mind will see it as beautiful or interesting. That is what we mean by rooms that flow well together.
However, if our eyes pick up decor that is very different or with no easy transition from room to room our minds perceive this as disjointed, unpleasant, or odd.
It is our job as home decorators to keep our eyes and minds happy and interested! And keep the transition from one room to another a pleasant experience!
HOW TO CREATE ROOMS THAT WORK TOGETHER
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….
The list goes on and on!
But I know that part of the reason I love Fixer-UppOWer is how amazing 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 well together! And moving to Waco is not one of the five on this list!
USE THE SAME OR SIMILAR PAINT COLOR
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.
Color is an amazing equalizer when we are talking about rooms that flow together.
As a home decorator I don’t have the experience or the professional know how to use vastly different wall colors in different rooms and have them transitional well.
But, as a home decorator, I do know that keeping the wall color in my home to one or two or three colors will instantly create a cohesive transition between rooms!
And here’s something important to remember…
KEEP THOSE DIFFERENT COLORS THE SAME HUE BUT SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT SADES AND TINTS!
Here’s an easy way to get this right! Pick a color as your primary paint color and then have the paint store make it a bit darker and/or a bit lighter!
Another easy way to pick paint color is to look at a paint chip that has complimentary colors on it. Choose the paint for the whole house from one chip.
The paint color in our home is easy! Because of its open concept and hight ceilings we chose to paint it all one neutral color.
I used Benjamin Moore’s Simply White in a few of the StoneGable bedrooms and loved its soft look that we had the entire Tanglewood house painted Simply White!
TRIM COLOR FOR ROOMS THAT FLOW TOGETHER
Keeping the trim around doors and windows the same throughout a home will help the rooms in a home flow easily together.
Don’t forget to do the same with baseboards, crown molding, and doors.
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 decorators make is to paint or stain trim differently throughout their homes. Keep all trim the same color!
All the trim in our home, including all the built-ins and fireplace, is Simply White by Benjamin Moore. And yes, it is the same color as our walls. Because our walls are flat and the trim is semi-gloss the light reflects off those surfaces differently and looks a little different but nice.
HOW FLOORING AFFECT FLOW
I would treat wall to wall carpeting the same as flooring. Keep it the same from room to room. It will make such a difference in the way rooms that rooms flow together easily.
Area rugs should share the same color palette throughout your home too. They don’t have to be exactly the same.
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. They have lots of texture and are a neutral color.
All the rooms in our home have the same hardwood flooring and this gives a very cohesive look and feel! And our area rugs are very similar in color palette!
When there is a difference in flooring from room to room our eyes pick it up right away! Instead of transitioning into a room, they will stop and our minds will try to make sense of the difference. Thus stopping for natural and seamless flow!
Your personal style has a lot to do with room to room transitioning!
It’s so important to know your style and basically keep in that style lane!
Once you find your style and you decorate your home within the limits of your style your home will look at home! It will look like you!
That does not mean you cannot be creative! No, just the opposite. When you know your style you can reproduce it in so many ways!!!
My style is TRANSITIONAL. And my entire home reflects my unique spin on trasitional style!
You might like to read more about HOW TO KNOW YOUR DECORATING STYLE.
FABRIC COLORS AND PATTERNS
Fabric color and pattern can have a huge affect on the way rooms flow together in a home!
My best advice is…
- don’t be too matchy-matchy
- don’t use too many colors throughout a home
- pick a color palette and stick with it
- repeat colors and textiles in a room and in a home
- neutrals with lots of texture is the easiest way to go
I think it takes a lot of practice to feel confident about switching colors between rooms. So, unless you are an interior decorator or have an incredible natural gift for color and pattern stay with a specific color palette for a seamless look!
A pop of color or wood tone or texture can also be carried throughout a home especially if it leans towards neutrals. It’s always nice to incorporate a fun color and carry it throughout your home!
My pop of color at the moment is a saturated burnt yellow.
Can you see it here in the sunflowers?
And here in the bedroom?
If you have any distinctive architectural elements in a room try repeating them in some way in another room.
Here are other things to repeat that will help rooms flow together..
- size of objects
I hope this has helped you understand how to create a cohesive home with easy transitions.
What are you doing in your home to help you have a home where all the rooms play well together?
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