How to Create a Flow
Throughout Your Home
A common challenge faced by professional interior designers and casual home decorators alike is creating a comfortable flow from one room to the next. No matter if your taste is traditional, modern, or somewhere in between, you can use a few simple design elements to create a balance between furniture and decor accents while maintaining the overall theme of your home.
The first key element to room flow is to control the flow. Create clear pathways for people and pets. Remove any obstacles or walkways that require a tight squeeze, and try to avoid having couches or chairs block entrances to another room, to a staircase or to doors to the outside. Furniture needs to fit the room; oversized furnishings in a small space can create a cramped feel. Instead, choose clean lines and create balance to make the room appear larger. Arrange furniture so the room is functional to your needs. In the living room you may choose to move couches and chairs to invite conversation; while in the den, furnishings can face the television or fireplace.
Deck The Walls
Creating color flow is an important aspect of achieving a balanced atmosphere in your home. Complementary paint colors and a balanced color scheme will seamlessly connect one room to the next. Pick up colors from decorative accents, fabrics or artwork and use them in different rooms. You can also use wall appliques, accent pillows or curtains to carry these colors from room to room. Add wall art and photos to draw the eye upward and increase the feeling of vertical space in your home. Adding a tall piece of artwork to a mantel is one way to draw the eye up while adding a bit of color to a bare wall.
Redecorate a room with colorful rugs, throws and accent pillows. Simple bursts of color can go a long way to add texture and function to your home, as well as become the unifying element in the theme of the room. As the holidays approach, you can easily change out these design elements with seasonally themed accents. Halloween decor is a wonderful example. By adding Halloween and harvest themed pieces to your existing home accents, you can dress rooms for the holidays without overwhelming your existing room flow. Choose decorations that match your individual style; from country primitive fabric pumpkins to modern and funky Halloween decor.
Clean Up The Clutter
Desktops and countertops should be clear and orderly. Disorganization and clutter take up space and make rooms feel cramped. The eyes will immediately go to scattered paperwork, unorganized kitchen gadgets, and chaotic piles of books and magazines. To maintain the flow of your home, incorporate your design theme into your organization accessories. Tuck paperwork inside a filing cabinet that doubles as bench, display books in neat stacks on bookcases, end tables or wall shelves. Use colorful themed kitchen accessories to organize kitchen gadgets while adding character to your countertops.
Let There Be Light
Adding light to a room is another important factor in creating room flow. While natural light from windows is the easiest way to illuminate a room, sometimes the view may be unattractive. Use sheer curtains and other window coverings to allow in the natural light while concealing a less-than-desirable view. If outdoor light is minimal, add a lamp or two to enhance the natural light.
Creating a comfortable room flow is easy with just a few simple steps. The Lakeside Collection has everything you need to help your looks blend and give you the home you always wanted.