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5 Tips for Creating Colour Flow in Your Home

August 10, 2017 | STORY BY SHARON GRECH, BENJAMIN MOORE & CO.

How to transition your colour scheme from room to room.

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Paint colour can enhance a space like no other design element. While it is the perfect tool to help infuse each room in your home with a unique character or specific mood, the challenge is to keep the transitions from room to room smooth and harmonious.
 
Benjamin Moore transitionsOne option is to use the same paint colour throughout but this is not the only answer! Here are my top tips to help you plan the perfect colour scheme for your home:
 
>> Limit your palatte A good rule of thumb is three to five harmonious colours throughout the main spaces of your home. Hues with a similar tonal value are your best bet, or even various shades of the same hue. Choosing colours from ONE collection like Benjamin Moore’s Historical Colours or the Affinity Collection is a fail-safe solution that still allows for variety.
 
>> Don’t ignore the fixed elements By fixed I mean all the items and finishes that will remain in the room, like flooring, kitchen cabinets, furniture, etc. These items all have colour that should be included in your scheme as they will interact with the paint colour and sight lines to other rooms. 
 
>> Let the architecture be your guide Be strategic as you change from one colour to the next; always end and begin at a natural break, like an inside corner. Take advantage of recessed ceilings and niches as punctuation points by adding an accent colour. This allows you to bring stronger colours into the space in small doses. 
 
>> Repetition is key Always repeat the colours in your scheme in small touches throughout the adjacent rooms by way of accessories and artwork.
 
>> Try before you buy The best way to avoid a risk is to purchase a pint colour sample first and try it on for size. Paint your options on a board that you can move around the room for context or paint it directly on the wall and stand back! 
 
Although it may seem more challenging to use more than one colour, with just a bit of extra planning you can easily create a harmonious colour palette that flows and adds personality and style to your home. 

Check out some of these colour palattes for inspiration:

 

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