Design Tip: Using Repetition of Color and Pattern to Visually Link Rooms

As I was touring Emily A. Clark’s home on Style Me Pretty Living recently, I realized that it could be used as an example of using repetition to visually tie spaces together.

Not so much that everything is super matchy-matchy, but enough so that the transition as you walk from room to room doesn’t feel jarring.

She evidently likes black and white and has used it to full effect in the entry by painting the walls in black and white stripes (she gives some tips for painting striped walls here).

The rooms adjoining (and visible to) the entry are painted gray, but she adds black and white in accent pillows, throws, artwork and accessories to visually tie the spaces together.

living room

As you tour the rest of her home, you don’t see the black and white stripes of the foyer repeated everywhere.  Instead black and white is used in a variety of ways, some large and some small, throughout the rest of her home, creating a sense of cohesiveness.

No matter if you’re a fan of the bold statement made by the high contrast of black and white, or prefer something more subtle, using color and/or pattern to visually tie spaces together can be a very effective design tool!


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