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How to Achieve Cohesive Design from Room to Room in Your Home

Rooms can be tied together by a variety of design elements, from consistent colors to flooring and hardware.

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Sometimes we need to take a step back from the small details of the home and look at the bigger picture. Are there certain elements of our homes that do not visually tie together quite as well as we had hoped they would? Achieving a harmonious aesthetic throughout the home may initially sound like a challenge, but with the right focus, it can be accomplished with ease.

ESTATENVY spoke with Jennifer Durand of Jessica Lagrange Interiors to get the scoop on creating a cohesive design throughout all rooms of the home.

When taking on a large scale project, it can help to start small. “I always think it is best to start with one space, before moving to the next,” says Durand. “A whole home can become extremely daunting, even if you are biting off small pieces at a time.”

Once you’ve selected a room to begin with, determine the tones you will use for the walls and within the space itself. It’s important to keep these decisions in mind for when you move on to the next room. While contrast can create visual interest, repetition of colors helps connect different spaces and helps to create a unified design.

Durand recommends keeping all paint choices within a similar color palette stemming from a single base color. “I like to use the darker tones of the base color in a living or dining space to add some drama, and lighter tones in the bedrooms and bathrooms to keep it feeling light and fresh. Since the colors are part of the same family, each room in your home will flow effortlessly from one to the next.”

She says that an alternative route that homeowners can take is to focus on having a consistency of flooring, ceilings and trim from room to room. This repetition helps to reinforce design throughout the living space.

Homeowners should also be aware of the finishes that they choose to include. This can include anything from lighting to hardware or even accent accessories. To create a unified look, stick to similar metal or wood finishes across the board.

“Oftentimes people miss the mark when they aren’t sensitive to the existing architectural features of their homes. You can mix and match styles, but be sure to stay true to the proportion, scale, and typical materials used from that time-period,” says Durand.

Homeowners who have already achieved a cohesive look can still find ways to further build on this harmony. A good example is through seasonal decorating, which can also be used to help tie together a home.

Durand says she loves “adding fresh greenery throughout the home during the holidays. Whether it be tree in the living space, a garland above the fireplace or on the dining table, or wreaths on the windows outside – greenery warms up a space, and adds a festive aroma all season long!”