I received this comment on a post last week:
I find that flow and color is more of an issue on the first floor/living areas in most houses. It depends on the flow of the house itself, but most living spaces have more open doorways to one another so that color relates between the rooms more than a traditional upstairs where bedrooms are separated by doors off of a hallway. In our house, downstairs, you can pretty much see every room from every room so that does affect color choices between them.
You don’t want the entry into the house to be boring, but it is also nice to have a place to rest your eyes. Kind of a palette cleanser if you will. A lighter color, or wallpaper would all do the trick.
The orange in the Living Room actually really balances the pink in the dining room.
They are pretty similar colors and have the same warmth and vibrancy.
The kitchen is right off the dining room, and we carried the green in the kitchen into the dining room. We wanted a really saturated pink to be able to stand up to the deep dark glossy green of the kitchen. The kitchen also looks into the living room- where we have the green on the couch.
From the living room you have the den.
Which has an echo of the orange living room walls in the tortoiseshell wallpaper on the bar. The pink from the dining room will be in the new shade fabric, and the green from the kitchen is in the sofa.
Now- I didn’t map it all out like this when I was decorating our house. Doing this it was funny/interesting to see how similar all of the colors in each room actually are.
They might not look like it…
But it is basically the same palette in every room.
So I think if you are nervous about flow, you can break it down like so.
I think as long as the colors relate to each other tonally, that gives a balance. I tend to stay away from primary colors (red, blue, yellow), they are too separate whereas the blends involved in secondary and tertiary colors tend to work better with others. A white or lighter hallway/entry can be a good break between colorful rooms. And
None of this is a rule, it is just more of a tool..
…to use if you are worried.
There are a lot of different ways to make color work.
And it is amazing.
How does color flow in your house? Is every room different or do you have shades of the same colors throughout? What colors do you use together?