Guest Post by Raphael Rico Zamora, a freelance writer and blogger for Arca South
Have you ever walked into a room and felt like something is wrong, but you have no idea which or why? Chances are, the colors that you see in the room has something to do with the eerie feeling. Indeed, a bad color flow only leads to discomfort and detachment. And, yes, a good color flow creates the contrary – a sense of harmony everywhere in the house.
Before anything else, we can describe a good color flow as a balanced color scheme connecting spaces seamlessly. So, how do we create a balanced color flow in your home?
How To Create A Color Flow In Your Home?
1. Combine Shades
Interestingly, the easiest way to create just the right color flow is using various shades (lighter and darker) of a particular color. You can see how the colors transition from one room to another using a fan deck. In using color fan decks, you can only choose the color adjacent to the color you chose first. So, from the first outer layer of the deck, you have at least five choices of shades and six choices on the inner layers.
2. Create Continuity
Select the colors with the same undertones. For example, if you want to use red with blue undertones then, you need to look for other colors with the same blue undertones. If you are going to use colors with warm or cool undertones, be consistent; don’t mix warm with cool undertones. If you choose muted colors, make sure that all other colors are muted.
3. Prioritize Constants
Alternatively, you may choose three to five colors as your “foundational” colors, two of which will appear in each room as a wall or ceiling paint or accent. One color should be a neutral color. Then, alternate the colors of your choices – red in the wall in one, red in the ceiling in the next room, red as a window treatment in the next room and so on. Red is the constant colors and other colors can be considered as accents. On the other hand, all the colors need not appear in all the rooms.
4. Choose Right
Don’t choose a palette because it’s trendy such as the colors of the year. Go for the colors that you love. While it is possible to outgrow your fondness to specific colors, it is more difficult to live with colors that you don’t like in the first place. Psyche yourself and determine which among your favorite colors should make the cut. Create your own palette from there.
5. Look Around
Draw inspiration from your current furnishings. Select your color scheme from the furniture pieces, artworks, fabrics and accessories throughout the home. Actually, the accessories are what provides a pop of color in what could be a drab-looking room. It would be nice if the colors of the accessories complement your foundational colors. The rule of thumb (although it’s not a hard rule) is to group the accessories into three to make the room visually interesting especially those you will put on visible surfaces.
6. Do Experiment
Aside from accessorizing, you can also experiment with the current materials. For instance, you may put a stained glass mirror or an art deco furniture. It could be decorative ceramic tiles. At times, it’s all about the wow factor to an otherwise drab-looking room. Just make sure that the design of your chosen accessories will not deviate from your chosen palette.
7. Be Cautious
Before you buy bulky and colorful furniture pieces, assess yourself first. Are you the type of person who easily gets tired or bored with things? If you are, delay the big purchases because they could be difficult to replace in the future. You must be 100% sure before you commit to such purchases. Again, it all boils down to choosing the colors that you really love.
8. Go Outside
When creating a natural flow, make sure that you consider the exteriors, too. Bring the color scheme outside to ensure that the exterior subtly connects with the interior. In between the two or the transitional areas such as entryway and hallway, you need not go bold on your main colors. Just a hint of the main palette is enough. For instance, the tile colors on the patio or the cushion on the canopy swing.
9. Take Chances
If you want to go bold, you might as well do it in specific rooms such as your kid’s room. For instance, you may paint the ceiling with your chosen color from the palette to give the room its own unique character. Also, the color you choose for this should match the other colors in the room.
Summing it Up
Choosing colors that aren’t jarring could mean the difference between feeling comfortable and feeling there’s something not quite right. Done right, the choice of coordinated colors leads to a much better and more cohesive design. Cohesion is key in creating an overall unity within our homes.