Continuity of Color

Have you ever thought – “Let’s paint our walls this weekend.  We can pick a different color for each room. Wouldn’t that be fun?”

Actually, it would be better to create a continuity of color for your home. It doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with the colors, but certainly you want to create an impression of you with your color choices and set the tone for your home. 

Here are some tips that might help you get started.

Continuity of Color

Pick a core color to move throughout your home. This color should move throughout the main rooms of your home – your entry, your living areas, your kitchen and hallways. Even if you accent a wall with a different color, the main color should give you the continuity of color all over. This could be a neutral color, but it doesn’t have to be. The picture of this kitchen shows how the main wall color moves throughout the room set off by the white cabinets. and wood floors. See how it flows?

Photo via Elms Interior Design



Pare Down the Colors

Don’t use too many colors. Three to five main colors is the rule of thumb with the primary color being approximately 70% of your walls. More paint colors than that will give you a busy, rambling look. And we are talking about wall colors now. You can certainly add color accents with fabrics, rugs, and window treatments. 


Sight Lines

Consider adjoining rooms. These rooms open to each other and you need to consider the sight line from any given room.  In the living room you might be able to see directly into the dining room and the entry hall.  In the kitchen you might be able to see into the dining room and the living areas. From the hall you could see into the powder room. Make sure the colors that you can see are the same color, complimentary colors or of a similar color tone in each room. No red walls in the hall with orange walls in the bathroom. 

Photo via Zoe Feldman Design








Accent Walls

Accent walls, used sparingly, can be in addition to your core colors. Be sure you are accenting something special. Don’t paint a wall a deep color when all you have is doorways to other rooms on that wall. Consider a focal point of a fireplace wall, an arched window wall, or a headboard. 

Accent wall

Enjoy your new look!