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Creating Colour Flow in Your Home

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Knowing how to create colour flow is the secret to achieving a harmonious atmosphere throughout your home.

Have you ever walked into a space and sensed that something was not quite right but did not know why? Chances are, colour had something to do with it.

The colours that surround us influence our moods and perceptions in the most powerful way. Colours and their placement can make us feel comfortable—or disconnected.

To create a sense of continuity and harmony throughout your home, you need good colour flow: a balanced colour scheme that seamlessly connects one space to the next.

You can apply the principles of colour flow to every architectural and personal style. Our Colour Gallery will help you find the perfect colour scheme for your home. Choose any colour, and it will show you several colour combinations created by our colour and design experts.

Tips for Creating Colour Flow
  • An easy way to create colour flow is to use lighter and darker shades of the same colour throughout your home. Consider how you'd like to see these colours transition from room to room. A fan deck is an indispensable tool for helping you choose these shades.

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

  • Look to existing furnishings for colour inspiration. Pick up colours from fabrics, artwork, or a favourite accessory and use them in different rooms throughout your home.

  • Choose between three and five favourite colours, and then alternate the primary, secondary, and accent colours for each room. For example, perhaps the main wall colour in one room becomes the ceiling colour in another and an accent colour in another. You can also use wall stencils, pillows, lampshades, or window treatments to carry these colours from room to room. Select one or two colours that all your rooms will share.

Achieve colour flow with our beautiful Affinity® Colours, a collection of harmonious colours designed to work together for mistake-proof results.

Watch a video by renowned designer Candice Olson on creating colour flow.

Get inspired with gorgeous colour palettes for every room in your home with our Rooms by Colour tool.

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