When it comes to decorating a home, cohesion is key. Today on the blog, we explain how color can be used to create continuity and flow throughout a home.

The colors in your home should tell a story. They should set a tone, evoke emotion, and make an impression about the person or people who live in the home. But picking out paint colors that represent you and your preferences is only half the battle. The other half: making your home’s color story flow.

Something you might notice about homes that have been professionally designed is that they have a sense of color harmony from room to room. If you’re paying attention, you might find that they’ve used a consistent color or color grouping throughout the homebut it’s not always that simple. If you’re interested in learning more about creating cohesive color flow in your home, we’ve got some professionally-endorsed tips and tricks below.

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Pick a Flow-Through Color

One simple way to lend a sense of cohesion to the rooms in your home is by using a consistent paint color from room to room. The flow-through color you choose can err on the side of neutralbut it doesn’t have to. This color should appear, in some capacity, in every room of your home. In particular, your foyer, hallways, and any other connector rooms/spaces should be painted in this color.

Pare it Down

One common mistake homeowners make when decorating is using too many colors. This can come off looking busy, interrupting any sense of cohesion. On average, the color scheme for a whole house should incorporate between three and five paint colors: a primary (or flow-through) color, a secondary color, and a tertiary color. Anything beyond those are accent colors and should be used sparingly. You should aim to use your primary or flow-through color for about 60 to 70 percent of the area you’re planning to paint. 

Understand Sightlines

As its name suggests, a sightline refers to what you see from any given point in the room. For instance, if you’re standing in your kitchen, you might have a direct view (or sightline) of your living and dining rooms. As such, the colors used in the spaces that have sightlines in common need to work well together. You can achieve this by using the same color, complementary colors, or colors with a similar undertone.

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