Have you ever noticed when walking through a well thought-out and stylish home, that each room flows into the next and while each room functions in its own unique way, there is consistency throughout?
The best-designed homes are those where the owner’s tastes and personalities are peppered throughout each room, with no rooms jarring uncomfortably or looking out of place. While there may not be a specific ‘theme’, there is a distinct style and that consistency of look is what we’re going to be talking about today.
Is that consistency difficult to achieve and what’s the best way to unite each room in your home? This may be especially difficult if you have eclectic tastes - as I do - but ensuring there are repeating elements in each space is one secret to achieving a stylish scheme in your home.
Consistency through colour
Using a restricted colour palette is one way to create consistency in each room. Of course, this is simple if you stick to basic brilliant white walls throughout, but there’s no reason not to consider a tight grouping of colours that all have the same saturation for your paint colours. You can do this as well within the accessories and soft furnishings. Repeating small doses of the same colours room to room connects them with one another.
Consistency through flooring
Using consistent flooring throughout your home is another way to ensure each room flows well into the next. If you have one room with a beige carpet, another with a pink carpet, the hallway has wood flooring and the kitchen has tiles – the whole space will be chopped up and appear smaller. Using the same flooring throughout your home is a great way to get a consistent look throughout. Consider natural oak flooring or white painted woodwork to set the theme for the whole house. Where you do choose to have something different - perhaps in a kitchen, bathroom or conservatory - think about how that flooring ties in to the rest of the home in terms of colour or material.
Consistency through style
If you love French Country, adore Mid-Century style or you are a minimalist at heart, then taking that look throughout each space will certainly create a feeling of unity throughout your home. Using pieces and accessories of a specific style throughout your home will go a long way in creating a unified look and feel throughout. If your tastes are more eclectic, then selecting a few pieces from a single design period and repeating these styles in different rooms will create that unity as well.
Consistency through finishes
Lastly, you can also create a consistent theme throughout your home by repeating specific materials and elements. For instance, using copper finishes or gold in each room in your home is another way of allowing each room to relate to one another. If you love the look of something more textural like leather or wood, then consider repeating this material consistently in different elements in each room of your home.
Kimberly Duran is an award-winning Interior Design blogger who chronicles her decorating journey in her blog, Swoon Worthy. Her style is unashamedly eclectic, bohemian and glamorous and when she's not helplessly drooling over design websites and adding things to the imaginary 'shopping basket' in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects, stalk eBay for bargains, take Instagram pictures of her cats and invest time in her on-going love affair with gold spray paint.