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 creating a cohesive look.
Does your home, as a whole, feel curated? Do your rooms work together as part of a whole? Or do the rooms in your home 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! It’s all about a cohesive look! What we all want is a cohesive home.
WHAT IS A COHESIVE HOME?
I often talk about the eye/mind connection 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 this as beautiful or interesting. That is what we mean by rooms that flow well together. And that is a cohesive look. All the parts make up one big beautiful whole.
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- A LESSON FROM FIXER UPPER.
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 so the overall look of all the rooms in her home is cohesive.
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 homes 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! Darn!
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 1 or 2 colors will visually connect them. You will be amazed by how a home will look larger and more cohesive if all the wall colors (and ceilings) work together.
You might like to read more about HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT PAINT COLOR.
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. Actually, I don’t think professionals do either!
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…
Here’s an easy way to get this right! Pick one 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 a paint color is to look at a paint chip. Choose the paint for the whole house from one chip.
Or how about painting your entire home one gorgeous color. We did that with our current home. The whole house is Simply White by Benjamin Moore.
The color dot is a lot creamier than the paint appears on our walls.
If you have been reading StoneGable for any time you know I love white. I always have! But I love white done right. The soft white background of our walls is the perfect backdrop for our furnishings. And really, don’t we want to highlight our furnishings? I sure do!
TRIM COLOR FOR ROOMS A COHESIVE HOME
Keeping the trim around doors and windows the same throughout a home will help the rooms in a home flow easily together too.
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
One of the best ways for rooms to work beautifully together is to use the same flooring so one room flows into another. This is especially important for large open areas in a home.
I would treat wall to wall carpeting the same as hard surface flooring. Keep carpeting 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.
I love mixing and matching rugs in our home. If you have area rugs you might like to read HOW TO MIX AND MATCH RUGS. There’s a ton if ideas and savvy decorating tips in this post as well as lots of pretty rugs that work together with their sources.
All the rooms in our home have the same hardwood flooring and this gives our home a very cohesive look and feel! And our area rugs are very similar in color palette! They all work together to make transitioning from one room to another easy.
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 at each change in flooring 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 and a cohesive style.
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.
And if you like my style you can read WHAT IS TRANSITIONAL 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 throughout the house
- neutrals with lots of texture are 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!
I love this easy decorating tip! I use it all the time in my home!
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
WHY EVERY HOME DECORATOR NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT RHYTHM AND REPETITION is a must-read! It will help you be a better decorator!
ABOUT THE WOOD AND METALS IN YOUR HOME
Using different woods and metal finishes in your home is not only a good thing but a great thing. When we use all one wood or metal our homes are too predictable! We are talking about wood and metal home furnishing and not woodwork!
But we all love a little consistency. So go ahead and mix metals and different woods but have one metal finish and one wood tone that is consistent throughout your home. Remember our eyes are always looking for repeated elements!
You can read more about 5 FABULOUS TIPS FOR MIXING METALS here.
I hope this helps 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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