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The Secrets of Linking Rooms with Colour

Posted in Home Decorating

Why should you link your rooms?

If the idea of linking all the rooms in your home sounds like too big a commitment, rest assured that it does not entail painting every single room in the same shade. That would be very, very dull. Instead, to get all the benefits of a beautifully linked home, all you need to do is pick up on the colour used in one room in another, and you can do so as subtly or as obviously as you wish. But why should you do it? Linking rooms allows every different room its own identity, yet creates a feeling of unity throughout your home that will make it seem well-designed, more harmonious, and - perhaps the biggest plus for many homeowners nowadays - it'll make it seem larger.
As well as the aesthetic delights of a colour-linked home, this decorating method will save you money. For example, after painting your bedroom the leftover paint that you might usually have thrown away can create a stunning feature wall in the living room. Also, any accessories you buy to fit in with your new d├ęcor can be moved around into your coordinating rooms whenever you fancy a change; for instance, that red vase will work just as well in your bedroom as it does in the kitchen, while a monochrome rug will fit equally beautifully in a lounge that gives a subtle nod to the style as it will in a checkerboard-inspired dining room.

Tips for linking your rooms

So you're convinced about why you should do it, but how do you go about linking the rooms in your home?
You could use one colour on the walls of several different rooms in your house - not through invariable solid colour on every surface, but by picking up the same shade in a number of different ways. One room could enjoy full-on warming colour with four walls of burnt orange paint while an adjoining space could be treated to wallpaper with flecks of the same fiery colour throughout.

If you do feel happy to commit to one colour in many rooms, remember that you can avoid any potential dullness by using contrasting textures with different flooring, fabrics and window dressings in each room.

If you need more diversity in your life, simply use the predominant shade of one room to inform your choice of finishing touches in another - a county-inspired terracotta kitchen could be referenced by a matching blind in the lounge, for example.

Window dressings are a simple way to include colour in room in a way that will deliver maximum impact without you needing to spend a fortune. Of course, colour isn't the only factor to consider, so for an article that will help you decide on the best type of blind to go for when insulation and temperature control are of concern, click here.

When linking your rooms with colour, there is a bit more pressure to make the right choice or your mistake may well haunt you in every room. Remember to consider what fits into your home, not just into your personal style when decorating. If your home is a period property, for example, selecting colours and furnishings that are in-keeping with its era of construction can avoid a potential travesty where ultra-modern and garish colours are allowed to stifle the classic beauty of a traditional home. A contemporary property, however, can pull off the most vibrant colours you can imagine - but this is where that personal style should kick in to stop you doing anything too crazy!