Formula: Paint the bedroom a fabulous color. Hang sheers at the ceiling. Add a pop of color in an occasional chair.  Boom!  You have a recipe for a great design scheme—-right?  Only maybe…designing a beautiful home doesn’t come in the vacuum of decorator tricks or fun Pinterest ideas (though we do love both!).

 

Designing interiors really starts with an overall plan of color, texture and themes. And after you have that overall plan, you are good to go and your home will flow from one room to the other.

 

Our design eye likes cohesion and our souls respond well to repetition.  Create a plan!  Color needs to carry from one space to the next.  A yellow kitchen can move into a yellow and blue dining room, which could move to a blue and ivory living room. Taking ONE color from the room before it to the next, unites the space and keeps the spaces in harmony.

 

Style and theme are important to unify a home, too—-a formal cherry Queen Anne dining room will not flow well into a steel and glass modern family room without something to tie the two spaces together.  That formal dining room might work with the modern living room next door if the chandelier was modern and constructed of steel and glass– a unifier between the spaces.  Think of it as taking one thing from a room and putting it in the next one.  It is amazing how this works…

 

Remember:  Everything does not  need to be the same color or theme,  but there does need to be cohesion.  Begin with an overall  plan!

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