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Go with the Flow - of Color that is!

Brent Lunde - Monday, February 09, 2015

Flow is defined as "the action or fact of moving along in a steady, continuous stream". There's flow of water, flow of wind, flow of life and in interior design, flow of color! Are you considering a remodel in your house and scratching your head at the design elements? Don't worry, we've got you covered.


Have you ever felt that something just wasn't quite right in a room? Color is probably partly to blame. "The colors that surround us influence our moods and perceptions in the most powerful way. Colors and their placement can make us feel comfortable – or disconnected." That's why it's so important to plan your remodel carefully and put extra emphasis on finding the right color balance.


What exactly is color flow? It's "continuity and harmony throughout your home," created by a balanced color pairing that "seamlessly connects one space to the next."


So how can you achieve color flow? There are several strategies we'll outline below, but perhaps our favorite is to use shades. In other words, a great way to create flow is to use lighter and darker shades of the same color throughout your home. This can create a beautiful effect as each room feels connected to the others and are tied together with a common color scheme.


Other strategies, adopted from Benjamin Moore, include:


-Select hues with similar undertones, such as blue or red. This will create a subtle synchronicity without using the same color throughout your house.


-Study your current furniture for inspiration – choose paint colors that will pick up fabrics, art pieces and accessories and use them to complement what  you already have in your space.

-Pick 3-5 of your favorite colors and then alternate the primary, secondary, and accent colors for each room. "For example, perhaps the main wall color in one room becomes the ceiling color in another and an accent color in another. You can also use wall stencils, pillows, lampshades, or window treatments to carry these colors from room to room. Select one or two colors that all your rooms will share."


Let's ask a fellow expert, Susan Gill Spellmeyer of SGS Interiors, about her thoughts on color flow. The interior designer writes:


"As you walk from room to room, your eye carries the color. If the colors used in -two adjoining rooms clash, it's unsettling and inappropriate. As you move easily from room to room, so should your color transition.This is not to say that every room has to be the same. You wouldn't want the exact color scheme in every room. It would become very boring very quickly…How do you solve this problem of having a pleasant flow from room to room and yet not be bor­ing? One good approach is to select a color, any color that you like [to be] the thread that weaves all the rooms in the main living areas together."


Still wanting color advice? We have lots and lots of experience with selecting color and advising on color flow in the interior of homes and commercial spaces. Contact us for a free quote! We'd love to be a part of your home or office's makeover!

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