Have you ever looked around your house and felt like something was missing? Does it feel disconnected and disparate, lacking a unifying aesthetic element? If so, you may need to add more than just furniture – you could also benefit from a little bit of color! Read on for our top house painting tips that will help your home flow from room to room.
1. Choosing the Right Paint Color
– Utilize the Color Wheel: Familiarizing yourself with the primary colors (red, yellow, blue) and learning how to combine them into secondary or tertiary colors (orange, green, purple) is very useful when it comes to designing a pleasing paint palette for adjoining rooms.
– Choose ones From Different Tones: A good way to start wall painting between two different rooms is by using two slightly different shades from one color family.
– Opt For Monochromatic Shade Schemes: Rather than sticking with only one single shade in all of the rooms in your house, switch up hues and tints by picking complementary shades that still stay within the same range of lightness levels or darkness levels (i.e., dark blues vs light blues). Doing this will give each one its own unique vibe without breaking away from an overall thematic unity throughout the house.
2. Preparing the Room for Painting
Before beginning, it’s important to make sure the room you’re about to paint is properly prepared. Doing this will ensure a successful and professional-looking result. You’ll need to clear out the room as much as possible. Move furniture away from walls and cover larger pieces that must remain in the room with drop cloths.
Preparing the surface is essential for a good finish; remove dust, dirt, and grease with a mild cleaner containing detergent or denatured alcohol, stickers and decals gently with a spatula or razor blade (never use sharp knives), remove wallpaper or other textured material, then feather out repaired areas by sanding lightly.
Use painter’s tape to mask baseboards and trim; be sure you press down edges securely so that paint won’t bleed under them during painting. If there are holes in the wall that need filling, use spackle compound to fill them in before priming. Cover floors with newspapers for extra protection from splatters.
Finally be sure your primer is tinted in the same color as your chosen paint hue — this is extremely important for proper color coverage especially when you’re working with light colors!
3. Using Accent Walls to Connect Rooms
They are a great way to connect rooms and bring the entire space together. Typically, an accent wall is chosen to emphasize a particular room when seen from the entryway or it can be used in a hallway or stairwell to transition one room into another. It’s important to choose the right color for an accent wall. Bright hues provide contrast, especially in an adjoining living and dining area, whereas a muted color on an accent wall will help create a feeling of unity between two spaces. You can achieve balance with the strategic use of color by using two or three shades taken from the same hue.
When connecting two neutral-colored rooms, opt for shades ranging from pale creamy yellows to light beiges for your accent wall in order to make the transition seamless yet still distinctive. For medium-toned rooms, try switching up textures as well as colors by choosing shades like slate grey and deep brown combined with warm beige accents on all walls. Remember that light colors open up a space while dark colors make it feel more intimate, so it’s important to consider your desired effect when selecting wall paint colors that connect adjoining rooms.
4. Creating a Shade Flow to Connect Rooms
Creating a beautiful shade flow between them can be a challenge for any homeowner looking to update their home. To connect them without sacrificing color, start by creating an overall flow and then think about how best to cover each individual space.
Begin with a basic plan and decide which ones will anchor each room. The anchors should be the most dominant colors in the room and can pull in subtle hues from other spaces. For connections between each room, choose three coordinating shades that are close in color intensity but still have enough variation to add interest.
When picking out paints, test samples on large poster boards or buy sample cans of paint and put them on separate walls as you consider different color combinations. That way, you’ll be able to compare them in actual light before making a decision. As you work through the house, use trim as well as wall paint to create continuity and carry the main flow of color throughout the home.
To ensure that the whole effect looks cohesive rather than chaotic, aim for no more than two accent walls per room — unless of course you opt for one completely different wall treatment in each space (like wallpaper). When choosing accent walls that draw from your overall palette, find ways to incorporate both warm tones — like oranges or reds — and cool ones — such as blues or lavenders — so that your entire house has depth and dimension.
Carrying your palette into fabrics is also an easy way to infuse even more personality into your space without feeling overwhelmed with too much color or pattern mixing within individual rooms. Break up furniture upholstery with pillows or throws splashed with shades similar to those used on walls so that they don’t compete with one another while still reflecting back similar hues within pieces placed around the house. You can also draw eyes back into key pieces through use of striking accents like throw rugs – just make sure they bring in shades from other areas rather than standing out too drastically against rhythms already established from wall paint throughout your home!
Solving this puzzle may take some patience but as long as you start with an overall plan in mind and use basic color theory principles like tinting and shading variations of a single color, you can create rooms that look connected while still having individual identities.