Color Schemes

It is always important to consider flow. Rooms are never experienced in isolation, and dramatically different colors can alter the way we feel as we walk from room to room, resulting in a fragmented, dissonant effect. One of an interior designer’s key skills is to bring together an entire color scheme in a project, balancing each different room and ensuring a sophisticated cohesion. To ensure flow, consider applying monochromatic principles and altering adjacent rooms by only a couple of tones. While this will give each space an individual identity, using colors of the same tonal value will ensure that colors work together rather than against each other. Another technique that can evoke this sense of continuity is to reverse wall and woodwork colors in each room. This will give a feeling of contrast but the limited palettes will remain connected. There are other clever tricks too; by using the lighter colors in your palette in smaller,darker rooms, light can be optimized. Similarly, you can prevent narrow rooms from appearing tunnel-like by painting the end wall a darker shade or paint the ceiling the same color to create the illusion of more height. Hallways painted in darker colors make the rooms that open out from them seem brighter and more inviting.