The Foundation of Flow
Believe it or not, there is an actual method to making any space feel cohesive and it’s summed up in one word: Flow!
Flow is the secret sauce that makes a space come together.
It’s the little nuances and subtle details that make a huge impact on the space’s overall aesthetic, and today I am going to explain exactly how to create it.
You can achieve flow in a zillion different ways, but ultimately it comes down to the 2 R’s…
Relationship & Repetition
The idea here is to link different elements of the design and then repeat them. It’s really as simple as that. The more closely items are linked, the more cohesive a space will feel.
As for repetition, you don’t need to have a ton of it to make a huge impact. Sometimes it can come down to one color, one pattern, one texture repeated just once and that will be enough.
We just finished working on a master bedroom project and we really wanted to maximize the flow. Here’s our starting point.
The lack of related items and repetition minimize the room’s flow!
At every design consultation we have a series of questions we always ask our clients. The most important being how do they want to feel in the space. Ambiance is crucial because a space that achieves the feel your looking for is a space you’ll want to spend time in and take pride in.
We keep the question simple by asking our clients to give 3 descriptors. We let these words guide the design and make choices based on them. For this project we got:
- Hotel chic
In addition, our client already had some items picked out. The dream bed was already purchased, mirrored nightstands were a must, and she absolutely loved this wallpaper she’d seen in At Home with Nikki’s Master Bedroom Makeover ! No problem!
This Silver and Gray Geometric Circles Wallpaper (found at Lowes) ended up serving as our item of inspiration because it was such a major accent in the space. Because of it’s impact in the space, wallpaper would be our Foundation of Flow.
Since we used this wallpaper to build flow we really looked at its characteristics to see what it was offering. I took 3 major aspects of the wallpaper and decided to create the rest of the room to maximize flow. I focused on:
- colors (silver & white)
- pattern & shape
- the linear quality of the circles
Taking these 3 elements all offered by the wallpaper is what I used to build flow and basically construct the room! Let’s take a closer look at each of these.
The color of the wallpaper was silver and white. Since the background of the wallpaper was white, we used Glidden’s Pebble Gray on the rest of the walls. This gives contrast and creates drama while still connecting directly to the wallpaper. To continue the flow, we also used gray, silver, and white in much of the rest of the design.
Gray is neutral so we could’ve chosen any number of accent colors to be a pop in the design, but since it was the client’s wish to keep the space calm, we opted for a slate blue which carries gray undertones (adding to the space’s flow). We didn’t use a ton of the slate blue color but by repeating it in several places throughout the space (pillows, throw, and accessories), it helps to tie the space together, emphasizing the room’s flow.
The next way I built flow was through pattern and shape.
Pattern: The shape of the wallpaper was round and the pattern repeats often. In the realm of interior design, pattern means movement. Because the wallpaper has plenty of movement I wanted to repeat the pattern but in a subtle way. I chose these tone on tone gray area rugs that offered and similar pattern as well as this patterned credenza. The repetition and relatability of the patterns create flow.
Shape: The circles in the wallpaper offer a smooth curved shape which is more soothing to the eye than the harsh edges of a corner. Curves also lean more feminine in interior design while straight edges are more masculine. We used the curved edges of circles repeatedly throughout the design to maximize flow. The curved edges of the headboard, the curved legs of the bench, and the mirror above the bed were just a few ways to take the round curved shape and spread it throughout the space.
Skyline Tufted Bed via Amazon
Scarlette Tufted Bench via Overstock
The final way we used a single aspect of the design to create flow was by looking at the linear quality of the circles in the wallpaper. By quality, I mean the circles were open vs solid and interlocking vs separate. I used the linear quality of the circles and related and repeated this to make a connection. Specifically, I used the duvet and shams and as well as the carpet to achieve repetition and none of the patterns are exactly the same, they are all related by having similar characteristics.
There you have it, a finished master bedroom retreat and a brief yet understandable breakdown on what it means it create flow!
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