Chaotic Color? How to Make It Flow

Last summer, I worked with Jennifer on developing a color palette for her home.  She's a girl who loves color, but felt that her previous paint color selections were not giving her the look or feel she was hoping for.  So she called on me for a Color Intervention.

The Decorologist Color Palette

Color Palette by The Decorologist

 

The challenge was that Jennifer lived half-way across the country!  Was I able to help her? Let's see what you think.  She started out with a tan beige color in her entry and felt that it was boring.  I agreed.

Entry before

Entry Before

 

 

She wanted a more sophisticated, updated look for her home. We came up with a plan that makes the entry something extra special:

color in entry by the decorologist

Entry After

 

Now let's rotate to the left of the entry.  In an effort to inject more color into her home, Jennifer had previously chosen a rich blue color for her dining room.  The result was a vivid contrast to the yellow tan color in the entry and adjoining office area.

blue dining room before

Dining Room Before

 

What a difference the right paint color can make!  This new gray with a blue-green undertone was applied across the dining room, entry, and office.  Goodbye, choppy colors – hello, graceful and inviting flow.

blue dining room after

Dining Room After

 

The other issue we addressed were the columns and trim.  Jennifer was open to the idea of adding some crown moulding in critical places, and this made a big difference in the outcome of this space.  Can you see below in the photo how the drywall area boxed around the ceiling of the entry is painted out in three colors (white, yellow, and blue)?  Is it drywall, is it trim, do we know?  This is an issue I tackle a lot, especially in large neighborhood homes built in the last 10 years or so.  When the paint was originally placed incorrectly by the builder, it's hard for a homeowner to see past that to a better solution.

interior door before

Entry Before

 

Jennifer had the crown moulding added to the interior of the "box" on the ceiling of the entry, then I suggested she paint out the entire drywall beam white like the trim (columns and crown moulding).  Now it all reads like architectural trim, and gives a very high-end look.

color consultation

Entry After Paint Color Consultation

 

Here's the before, facing from the dining room, through the entry, into the office:  Stripedy-stripedy.

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Previous View from Dining Room to Office

 

The differences between the before and after of this space from this angle are the change in trim and wall color, the lovely new window treatments, and the hanging drum fixture (this is mirrored in the dining room).  Gorgeous and fresh:

trim paint after

Entry to Office After

 

Coming full circle now (from the view of Jennifer's camera!), we are back to what you see when you enter the home – office to the right, dining room to the left, family room straight ahead.  Before, the family room as a dark sage green with red accents. And keep your eye on the upcoming change to the stairway handrail.

EntryIntoFamilyRoomColor Placement Before

 

The view from the entry is much more pleasing to the eye.  There's a great flow of color with accents in the right places.  Notice how the entry ceiling and the powder room are the same color?  That's the way to create flow without chopping up a space and making it feel smaller and chaotic.  And look – the dated oak handrail and newel posts went black and sophisticated.

color flow after

Color Placement After

 

To give Jennifer even more variation, we decided on a more neutral grayed tan for the back of the house, which includes the living room and kitchen.  Red will still be an accent color, and what she'll find is that she can move her furnishings, art, and accessories all around this level of the home and everything will still work together.  I think that flexibility is important to consider when planning your paint color palette.  This was the way the kitchen appeared before our consultation:

KtichenfromFamily before

Kitchen Before

 

Below is the kitchen after the new neutral was painted on the walls and the light fixture I chose for Jennifer was in place.  After she completed all the "homework" I gave her to do last summer, Jennifer contacted me again to consult on the second phase of her remodel – guess what that entails?

neutral kitchen

Kitchen After New Paint Color

She's up for remodeling the kitchen now!  I was excited to see her progress and give her specific paint colors and design direction for the next phase, which includes painting her cabinetry, new countertops, kitchen flooring, and completion of the living room area.  This is the lovely email she sent me after our second online consultation earlier this week:

"Kristie,

Thank you for talking with me this morning.  I had so many areas that I felt stuck and couldn’t move forward.  While we chatted I was taking notes-and if you include the first 2 pages that were filled with questions that I jotted down before the call—I now have 6 (front/back) pages of notes that allow me parameters to work within.

I am such a huge fan of your blog and follow you on Pinterest and Facebook so I can get all the juicy details from your experience!  Thanks for bringing some style to my home. I can’t wait to share some pictures as I go!

Jennifer"

That pretty much made my week!  I have really fantastic clients who listen to what I try to teach them and trust my recommendations enough to follow through, even though I may never meet them face-to-face!  I'll let you know how Jennifer's kitchen and living room turn out.  If you want to learn more about how to choose just the right colors for your own space, stay tuned for the upcoming launch of my Color Workshop Video (within the week, I hope!)  Sign up for my emails and my exclusive newsletter today.  You can also follow me on Pinterest, Facebook, or Twitter to stay on top of the latest design and color  inspiration.

 

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Great color choices Kristie!  Amazing what a little paint can do, as always.  Excited about your color workshop video!!!  🙂 

Denise Greenway
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Denise Greenway

Gorgeous!  Could you share the name of the blue/gray paint color you used for the flow through the house?  It is all just so pretty.

Jennifer
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What a transformation!  I too have an open floorplan and it drives me nuts!  I kept the main body all one color just to save on time and brain work, lol, but I love to see how these colors flow and how much more inviting her home has become since you shared your expertise!

Sherry
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Sherry

Kristie – I'd say that's one of the best transformations I've seen. I LOVE the smart use of mouldings and visual tricks with paint that you applied to smooth out the choppiness of her space.  BEAUTIFUL work!  The paint color is VERY pretty, too :> Hope I don't miss the post with after the kitchen redo.

Veronica Tostado-Domurat
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Veronica Tostado-Domurat

I agree, this is one of my favorite transformations too!!

Heather
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Heather

wow! what an impressive transformation for a long distance relationship. lovely! 

Grace Maldonado
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Grace Maldonado

Kristie, what is the name of the gray painting that you use for the hallway? I am interested in repainting my home and i am in love with different shades of gray. I have follow instructions and will paint my room Chelsea gray and will paint my bathroom revere pewter gray. You are amazing!

Donna Frasca
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Beautiful Kristie!  When a home has too many CHAOTIC colors aka the “quilted” look, it certainly needs to be simplifed. Love the colors 🙂

Eileen
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Eileen

Gorgeous, as usual!  I noticed the addition of the crown moulding right away.  What a huge difference that made.  It makes it look so high-end!  When you do a consult like this, do you give advice and a source for things like curtains?  Whoever chose the curtains for this project–you or the homeowner–they're beautiful!

Paula Van Hoogen
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Paula Van Hoogen

Kristie, I just have to commend you once again for a masterful outcome! Funny you should post this just now….I was thinking yesterday about all of the "at odds" elements in my home—- and colors—-things brought from former houses that I've tried to make work here, but they don't really relate.  Budget constrictions are a bummer, but they do force more creative thinking. What wonderful results with paint alone!    I'm looking at my own boring beige entry and praying I can call the painter soon!

Jean Molesworth Kee
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Once again, beautiful work, Christie. I often telll my clients their house is like a good piece of artwork. There must be visual balance.

Martin
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That paint consultation really paid off for you! Good work!

Mary
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Mary

Whenever you post a Before and After I know I'm in for a treat.  Fabulous transformation,

as always.

Lisa
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Lisa

I'm impressed with all the changes, but that entryway had me at "hello".  I love the wall with the "frame" made of moulding and that entry ceiling is gorgeous.

Mayda
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Mayda

Please tell me where you got your magic wand from, I'd like to get one next time I'm out shopping. 

Great transformation.  Wonderful work.

Julie S
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Gorgeous work!  What a pro you are.

Cathy Z
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Cathy Z

I've said it before but I'll say it again, your befores and afters are AWESOME!  You turn "real" homes into really beautiful spaces…and you share your tips, tricks, talent and time with all of us. I don't comment much but trust me when I tell you this is one of my favorite blogs and I read it religiously.  Thank you Kristie.

Holly
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That entry is spot on perfection! Once again you've blown me away with your color skills.  Great collaboration on this project!

Ellen @Color Calling
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Your client must be thrilled with the results. I especially love the entry foyer paint selections. The muted blue-green walls, ceiling color + the glossy white are masterful. Just beautiful.  Best, Ellen

Kelly
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I love it all but especially the powder room color and ceiling. Just beautiful! Great as always Kristie!

emily
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emily

This post really speaks to me because I have a very open floor plan with ceiling beams separating interconnected rooms (as in the 5th picture "Entry"–where one side of the ceiling beam is painted blue).  Unlike the picture, I don't have the columns perpendicular to the beams, which seam to allow for a paint transition by creating a clear line between the rooms.  If she didn't have the columns below the beams, how would she transition to a new paint color (for example if she wanted to keep the right side of the entry blue, and have the other room be… Read more »

Kelley
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If this house was a person, you just made them look twenty years younger. Looks soooo much fresher and lighter!

Betty
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Betty

Beautiful transformation!  LOVE the painted ceiling in the entry hall!  I know you just did the paint chages, but isn't the area rug in the dining area too large?  It looks awkward to me.  I think it would look better if it did not touch the walls and just be big enough to accomodate the chairs.  Please tell me if I am wrong as I am just learning and have a similar area and searhing for a rug.  Thanks and BRAVO!

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Chris
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Chris

What is the name and co of the main wall color. I am currently looking for a light grey blue green and am only finding dark hues.

Shay
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Shay

I was reading and realized I’d throw in that this color looks very similar to BM quiet moments in case anyone else is wondering

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Deborah

Do you have emails I can subscribe to?