May 01, 2013
Limiting the color palette used throughout a house is one way to create continuity from room to room. Another option is to install Anderson Floors such as the Monroe maple hardwood flooring collection. Whether chosen in a Homespun finish or the deeper Lantern Glow stain, this selection will go well with virtually any colors chosen for the home.
"Devise a color plan that makes sense for your whole residence," according to design consultant Cindy Lee Bergerson, who writes a home design column for Hamptons.com. "The goal is to give your rooms a cohesive look as a unified environment."
The big picture
Seeing the home as a whole makes choosing colors simpler. The same hues are repeated in the homeowners' selection of soft furnishings, including upholstery fabrics, rugs and pillow covers. Those colors, or shades of them, can be repeated in different rooms but in a unique way in each space.
A good way to implement Bergersen's advice is to paint no more than four colors throughout a residence and to unify all of them with the same trim and molding. A wall color in one room design can be the ceiling color elsewhere in the home.
One color family
Another method is to stick with one color family, which is different shades of the same core hue. The lighter tones work best in the public spaces such as dining, living and kitchen areas. Darker ones are good choices for private areas, including bedrooms and home offices.
In addition, the hallways should be painted the same neutral to tie different areas together with the overall home design. The ceiling can be a pale shade of the wall color used in a room. Or for a bolder palette, paint the ceiling in an accent color.
An easy test
On her website, DecodingDecor.com, Bergersen suggests an easy way to test different colors without painting large practice swatches around the house.
Instead, paint two coats onto a sheet of white foam core - available at arts and crafts supply stores - and move these sample boards around a room at different times of the day to see the effect of natural light and how the colors look in both light and dark corners.
Doing this gives home decorators a chance to see the colors together in more than tiny swatches. That makes it easier to coordinate a final combination that will work well even if the shades are used in different rooms.
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