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Creating Color Flow in Your Home

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Knowing how to create color 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, color had something to do with it.

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

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

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



Tips for Creating Color Flow
  • An easy way to create color 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. 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 colors with blue undertones.

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

  • Choose between three and 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 use wall stencils, pillows, lampshades, or window treatments to carry these colors from room to room. Select one or two colors that all your rooms will share.

Achieve color flow with our beautiful Affinity® Colors, a collection of harmonious colors designed to work together for mistake-proof results.

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

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

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