Often the biggest thing when working with my clients is bringing them back to the style that we agreed on at the beginning of the design process. I’ve talked a lot in the past about taking time to collect images on Pinterest, collate what you like, and draw out the consistent themes. This should then make up your brief and really pinpoint the look and feel you are trying to achieve. That’s all good and well in theory, but what are some things that you can practically do that will easily link your rooms to thread some consistency through? Things that will allow you to purchase that one off statement piece (that might not naturally fit with your original design style) so that it doesn’t throw off your whole design!
Flooring and timberwork
When it comes to flooring, keep your choice to two to three finishes. So this could be timber throughout with tiles in your wet areas, and when combining the two ensure that you choose complementary colours and tones. I see so many homes with 3 different floor tiles, carpet and then timber, this creates a feeling of stop start in the home rather than a flow.
When thinking about timberwork I’m talking skirtings, internal doors and architraves. If you’re renovating a home it’s good to install a consistent style throughout as sometimes when renovating a home that’s for instance had an extension put on at some point you’ll find you have two to three different skirtings and cornice styles which again doesn’t create any kind of flow.
I’m a big believer in keeping my architraves and skirtings a bright white to set off the colours of the walls. I then choose a base colour that I use throughout the majority of the home sometimes using full, half or quarter strengths of the same colour depending on light, this will create consistency. Then if the client is willing have some fun in kids bedrooms, small rooms like a laundry or powder room and add a little colour/wallpaper that ties in with the colour throughout.
Here I try and stick to 2 types of window coverings throughout, and function should dictate. For instance, translucent roller blinds in areas that need privacy tucked behind block out curtains or roman blinds. Or plantation shutters throughout is a great way to achieve consistency.
Pick a couple of areas where you might light to add in some feature lighting like over your kitchen island, in the entryway or in the master bedroom. Then keep the rest of the lighting consistent throughout, that might be downlights or pendants (depending on what’s possible with your ceilings) it doesn’t matter but choose one style.
One style all the way here, so if you’ve gone for a contemporary look with smooth doors and finger pull to open you should apply this to your kitchen, robes, entertainment unit and study. If shaker style with door hardware again the same throughout.
Here I’m talking kitchen cabinetry handles, internal door handles, bathroom fixtures. Try and keep these all in a similar style and finish, these feel like small details but make a massive impact when creating flow and consistency throughout.
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