Before we look at a few easy ways you can use color and design to create a cohesive home that flows, let’s understand why do we need OR do not need every room to be matchy matchy and cohesive?
The popular opinion is that when you go from one room to another room in your home, it shouldn’t feel like that you’re in a completely different world. The sensation and the feeling should remain similar. And if it feels very different, that means your home doesn’t have a cohesive flow.
I would argue that it’s completely alright if you’re experience from one room to another changes drastically!
And I have a very good reason for that.
Watch this quick video, in which I share why every room in your home can have a different color palette.
How many times did I say "emotion" in this video 🤔. Tell me in the comments
So now let’s jump into 3 simple ways that you can use to maintain a flow between every room in the house.
Think about cohesiveness in your home this way. The rooms in your home are like siblings. They are not the same, but something about them lets you know that they are related.
I have three children. Very different age groups. Very different personalities. Totally opposite interests. Their physical build and features are also all different. Yet if you look at all three of them, you can tell that they belong to the same set of parents.
That’s exactly the connection you want between all the spaces in your home. All of their personalities should be different because their purpose is different and they should evoke a different emotion.
1- Architecture of Your Home
Most likely the architecture of your entire home will be the same and that becomes the string that keeps all spaces connected.
Now let’s say your home doesn’t have many architectural details so you decide to add molding trim to your home. A simple thing you can do to maintain the cohesiveness of the home is to add the same style of molding in every space. Keeping the style of the molding same will maintain the sibling connection.
2- Repeat Pattern
Choose one pattern that resonates with all the residents personality and repeat it in every room. For example you can have some sort of stripes in every room in the home. You don't have to use it exactly in the same way. Such as paint stripes on the wall in one room and use a strip fabric on a cushion cover in another space.
Even if the pattern is being repeated at a very small scale, your eye will be able to find and create the flow.
3- Repeat Color
Now the primary color in your color platte for every room in the house will be different, because that is what evokes the main emotions. But you can use an accent color that repeats itself in every room.
For example in our new home, black is a repeat accent color on the first floor. There are black veins on the marble floor in the powder bath, then the color repeats on the mantle and that connects to the black main door. So from anywhere in the house if you take a 360 turn you will notice the color repeating in various ways and scale.
On the first floor I have a color repeating because it's an open floor plan which means it's pretty much one big space.
Note: I didn't chose black as an accent because it's chic and sophisticate or modern, but because of its psychological influence.
This is the most simple tip. Keep the hardware throughout the house same. Such as the same style and color of all the door knobs.
It is basically the repetition of the elements that creates a rhythm that your eye recognizes and follows.
Now tell me in the comments, which one of these ways are you going to implement in your home or are already using in your home? Or are you like me and want different room to be completely distinct? I love to hear from you !