Sunday, February 11, 2018

How to Create Color Flow Through Your Home Using a Colorful Palette

If you're partial to a colorful palette when decorating your home, but unsure of how to tackle it, the first rule is to think in terms of 'color families'.

For this article, we'll examine the colors blue, orange and white in combination.

Step 1 - Take a Look at Your Home and Notice Which Areas Can be Seen From Each Room

Start with your foyer.

What rooms can you see from your front foyer when you're standing in it? Whatever rooms you can view from the foyer, you'll want to include in the color family you choose.

As an example, using the chosen color palette orange, blue and white, you could plan the bolder choices in the rooms seen from the foyer, and use the same tones softened for the hallway.

Mix patterns in your décor to break harsh solids, and if you're into a major re-do, add lovely half or quarter wall wainscoting to the foyer, living or dining rooms.

If you're brave, of course you can work the opposite way around; put the brave bold blue, orange and white in the hallway, and use softer hues in the main rooms.

Here's an example of Living Room Design Choices - A Chair, Sofa, Rug and Coffee Table you could put together with a Blue, Orange and White/Black theme.

Step 2 - To Continue the Palette in Other Rooms in the Home Use Various Shades of the three Colors You Selected to be in Your Color Family

Flow is probably one of the most difficult things to achieve in a home. We tend to have ideas for the living room, ideas for the family, ideas for the kitchen yet many times these ideas don't naturally flow into each other. So out of color fear, we fall back to neutrals.

If you want to keep the adjoining rooms neutral, just bring in various shades of your chosen color family into the room using accessories: Pillows, throw blankets, wall art or add a punch of color with bright end tables.

Examples of color variants for orange are, corals, tangerine and grapefruit. Variants of blue can include cobalt, turquoise, delft, and navy.

Here are examples of some Blue, Orange and White Accessories to Use with Other Major Furniture Pieces being neutral (tan, white, beige):

Step 3 - When You're Decorating Rooms Not Directly Connected to the Main Area, Such as the Master Suite - Keep it Calmer by Using More Pattern than Bold Color

You can still focus on the color family you've selected for your home, and include some in the bedroom, however, do it by using more patterned pieces combined with neutral solids.

As an example, you could keep the bedding mostly white, the wall soft coral or soft blue, the bedframe a darker shade, and the drapes and chairs similar or matching in simple patterns.

Here are crisp but muted pieces for in the blue-family for a Master Suite:

Remember, once you decide upon your color family, decorating your entire home simply means introducing shades and versions of your color-family throughout your home.

By the way, you can still decorate other rooms that don't flow off an open area pretty much any color you want. However, if you're going to go completely off of your color palette in that room, be sure it can't be seen from any hallways or open areas.

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4 comments:

  1. I love being surrounded by color! When we first bought our home, every wall in the entire house was a neutral light tan. That was fine for a few days. We started painting in the kids rooms simply because we painted them the colors they were in our old house. We wanted them to feel at home. In my mind, our home colors flow from room to room, but I already know a realtor would want us to paint back in a neutral color and tone things down. But, as long as I live here, we will have color! I really like the idea of introducing orange. That is not a color I have used previously.

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    1. Couldn't agree more about keeping the color til the time comes to move! You should have it the way you like it. As you said, when you're ready to sell, then you can go for model home colors

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  2. We 'rented' almost exclusively throughout hubby's broadcasting career due to frequent moves. Most were older homes with rooms needing painting and almost all landlords were happy to buy the paint if I did the painting. Thus, our children's rooms continued from home to home to be blue with white trim for the boys and yellow for the girl to, as Sylvestermouse said above, make the kids feel at home no matter where the home was located. :).

    Barbara, have to admit I love your color articles and use many of your color combination ideas in my crochet crafting. Cute plush animals look adorable in many of your color suggestions. Thank you.

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    1. Pat thank you. What a great idea to incorporate color planning into your Crocheted items. By the way, I love the wide range of plush animals you make, they're so cute and personal too because they're handmade by you. Oh, and yellow with white trim for the girl's rooms, how nice! Very cheerful and happy.

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