Many homes don’t have a thought-out plan for the interior paint color palette. It seems that most people just decide, for example, to paint one room a color they like. Then at some point they decide to try out some other color in another room, without much thought to the colors that are in the adjoining room. Then they decide they love dark red but are afraid to paint the whole room that color, so up goes the ever-popular accent wall. This lack of planning results in a choppy look, or lack of “flow”.
So, take a look at the “before” state of this entry. Notice the pinky beige on the large wall, the green on the left, the two shades of brown in the adjoining dining room, and the orange hardwood. That’s four paint colors + orange that you see when walk in the front door. This home is way too traditional to have this kind of color blocking going on. Not to mention the dated ceiling light fixture.
Choppy Entry “Before”
This view from the adjoining dining room show yet another color – a light blue in the front office. Out of all of these colors, the homeowner likes that color the best and really wanted to keep it. So with that in mind, how do you create a color palette that flows in this entry area?
Too Many Paint Colors!
The light blue, pinky beige, and medium green just don’t flow, do they?
We decided to keep the light blue in the office, but we needed to make it feel like it flowed with the entire color palette and wasn’t just an afterthought. By choosing an updated neutral with on-trend undertones that work well with the orange hardwood, the entry looks instantly fresher.
We extended the same on-trend neutral throughout the hall into the family room to the rear, as well as on the wall above the chair rail in the adjoining dining room.
Come on in!
Then we did something fun that tied in the office color – painted the ceiling and area below the chair rail in the dining room a darker version of the office color across the hall.
Let’s back up – I should show you the “before” of the dining room. It was very brown – dark brown below the chair rail, light brown above the chair rail, and the same light brown on the ceiling (which appears a shade lighter than the wall color, so there are three shades of brown). Not to mention the brown furniture.
Dining Room Before
So again, the neutral above the chair rail is the same as the entry color, but we added a darker version of the office color to the ceiling and below the chair rail.
Dining Room After
One more time – here’s the “before” view from the dining room:
The Choppy “Before”
Here’s the new view from the dining room into the entry and the office across the hallway. Are you feeling the flow?
Creating Flow in the Color Palette
Who wouldn’t feel welcome walking into the fresh, updated entry? (Notice the fab new lantern light fixture – what an improvement!)
Guess what? I got an email last night from the homeowner – after the paint update and staging I did the day before I left for vacation last week, this house was under contract in 5 days - before I even got home! More proof that great staging – and the right colors - sell homes!