Creating Color Flow Throughout Your House

Knowing how to create color flow is the secret to a calming and harmonious feeling throughout your home.

Have you ever walked into a space and sensed that something was a bit off and couldn't quite put your finger on it? It soon becomes apparent that the colors are not working well together and there is a disjointed sense about the room, or worse, around the house. Studies show our moods and perceptions are affected by color in powerful and mysterious ways. Colors and their placement in a space can make us feel at either at ease with a place, or uncomfortable. Retail stores use color to induce sales, or to create a mood. Spas do much the same. For the homeowner however, to create a sense of continuity and harmony good color flow is a must, and it's not always easy given the variety of color out there. Our staff at Red Star will help you find the perfect color flow for your home. Choose your favorite color, and we will show you several color combinations that marry nicely with it to begin you on your journey to the special feel around your house.

Tips for Creating Color Flow

• An easy way to create flow is to use lighter and darker shades of the same color throughout your home. Consider how you'd like to see these colors transition from room to room. To begin, look through one of our fan decks. It is an indispensable tool for helping you arrive at these shades.

• Create continuity by selecting hues with similar tones. If you love reds with blue undertones, look for other colors with blue undertones.

• Another place to look for inspiration is a favorite color in your furnishings. Pick up colors from fabrics, artwork, or a favorite accessory and use them as part of the flow in different rooms around the same floor of your home.

• Best to start with thre, four or five 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 work with the colors of pillows, lampshades, or window treatments and carry these colors from room to room in your paint selections.