Flow of paint colors

On the main floor of most homes it works best to have the colors in all rooms work together. This doesn’t mean that all rooms have to be painted the same color. You can use your fabrics, accessories, and furnishings to tie the colors together.{dtbrk}

For example in an open floor plan if you were to use several different wall colors, a great way to pull the look together is to use coordinated fabrics in pillows, drapes and table cloth.

Making a connection through color will allow the rooms to flow together beautifully

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  1. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Stacey Derbinshire

  2. Kate Smith says:

    Hi Stacey,

    I’m so glad you found my blog helpful. Thank you for the kind words and I look forward to having you stop back often.


  3. Mindi says:

    I have more of a question than a comment. I have an open floor plan with all white walls that are making me crazy. I NEED color! I want the rooms to flow, but be distinct. The front room gets a lot of sun and has oak colored bookcases, and a little darker piano. I would like to do a sage(ish) green, pale yellow and raspberry-reddish colors. It flows into the kitchen with one wall that connects via a vaulted ceiling. The kitchen has med. wood cabinets, black countertops, and stainless steel appliances. The current decor is sort of country(ish) with black,red and goldish yellow. The living room shares the same wall as the front room and kitchen, and currently has a reddish leather couch that will have to stay and is sporting and “Americana theme” which could stay or go. Most Pictures that will stay as part of the decor are framed in black. All rooms receive a good amount of natural light Any suggestions? I have pictures of the rooms if that would help. Thanks in advance! -Mindi

  4. Kate Smith says:

    Hi MIndi,

    I understand your frustration and will be happy to give you my thoughts. Pictures would help and you can post them at the makeover gallery at http://www.roomvues.com and then I can take a look and make comments.

    I look forward to seeing your pics.


  5. Debbie says:

    I love all the tips I’m picking up from reading your responses ~ thank you!

    I have a question about paint for our home’s new addition. We’ve added approx. 700 sq ft which is one large room – great room, dining room, and kitchen. The great room has a cathedral ceiling with lots of windows so we can enjoy our country setting and see the outdoors from anywhere in the room. The kitchen proper is 10′ x 18′ with a vaulted ceiling, and will have all stainless steel appliances, Kraftmaid oak cabinets in the color “Autumn Blush”, and Cambria quartz counter top in “Nottingham”. The floor throughout the entire room (and into the adjoining renovated laundry area, bathroom and foyer) is wood laminate in a medium cherry.

    I need help! I can’t decide on paint colors. I like earthtones but don’t want it to be too safe and boring. Since the room is so large and open with lots of windows, I picked the darker cabinets for the rich color I felt they would add. I was considering picking up on the colors in the Cambria counter top for the kitchen walls. For the dining area/great room I would like to bring the natural colors we see through the windows indoors, so I thought about a shade of green. I’m also wondering if I should paint the ceiling a color instead of white/off-white. Trim colors? I have no idea. The overall look that I’m going for is one of welcome, warmth and comfort; nothing too fancy, because we are pretty easy going personalities who enjoy having people feeling at home in our home. But I don’t want it to look too “country”. More of a transitional look. Can you help me choose the right paint colors for the look I want? Thanks so much! Debbie

  6. Kate Smith says:

    HI Debbie,

    I’m so glad you are finding the information helpful.

    Let me work on your question and post an answer for you on the blog.

    Then you can stop back, we’ll have a cup of coffee and talk color :-)


  7. Debbie says:

    A million thank yous, Kate!

    I’m really looking forward to hearing your ideas over that cup of coffee. :)


    p.s. I forgot to tell you that the laminate flooring is Armstrong Woodland Park Cherry.

  8. Francie says:

    Hi Kate,
    We are in the process of finishing our basement. It is about 2100 feet and will have a main living area (pool table, air hockey, tv area, and a large bar/kitchen), exercise room (the wall that connects to the main living area will be half glass with glass doors), a bedroom and a bath. The bar and pool table will be a medium oak. Our house is decorated in warm earth tones throughout, and we would like to carry this down to the basement. However, we don’t want to simply replicate the upstairs. I would like it to be a little bit more lively and fun. Also, we only have no direct light from windows, so we are concerned about the space feeling too dark. If you have any color suggestions, we would love to hear them! fyi, our contractor includes Behr or Benjamin Moore paint.
    Many thanks – -

  9. Kate Smith says:

    Hi Francie,

    Thanks for your question.

    Let me work on your question and post an answer for you on the blog.

    Colorfully yours,

  10. Taruna says:

    Hi Kate,

    We are installing verde butterfly granite countertops with a light oak appliance. We are going to get all black appliances as well on a light tanish/white floor. The family room is right next to the kitchen on wooden floors. We have a beautiful view of a lake in our backyard. Can you give me an idea of what color I should make the family room? I have not bought furniture yet and hope to add color through cellular blind shades and of course accents. What color accents should I add to the Kitchen as well? Thank you, I really appreciate it


  11. Maryjo says:

    after weeks of racking my brain trying to learn color theory i’m about to give up and throw in the towel. how utterly frustrating!

    from my front door you can view 4 rooms 1 LR 2 Hallway 3 Kitchen/Open Bar 4 Dining Room with Nook area and 3 windows in the distance all from the front entry way view…a beautiful open floor plan with Bad Color…

    i’m desperate to learn how to pull all my rooms together and make them blend…with possibly the Kitchen being the focal point since it’s situated in the center of the living space.

    my hallway is very long… i have visions of painting it a bold color and then hanging white frames (collages) with black and white photography with pops of color in them like red rose or the like…then apply stencil with the words “Leave this World…Exhausted” with experiences in life caught on film… :)

    I love color and lots of it but it’s important to make the feeling rich and inviting much like eating a decadent dessert and sipping tea in front a fire, but elegant as well. I love rich tones like purple and yellow but i also like raspberries and pops of color in every room alternating to pull it together. I like to be able to change accent colors (pillows etc.) on occasion, especially when the seasons change.

    my furniture is a plum settee in the dining and a rich chocolate leather sofa with red undertones. I like clean lines and minimal wall art and furniture.

    can u please help me in this dilemma? i’ve read articles for weeks and i just want to make my walls happy…and me too :)

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