We believe one of the most fundamental aspects of creating an interior space that ‘flows’ is to have a design thread.
Without it, individual areas of the house can feel disjointed – with no clear aesthetic or theme that brings everything together. Get your design flow right and your home will feel as though it has been designed by a professional.
Interior designers use a variety of techniques to create this all-important design thread, ensuring that linking areas such as hallways and stairs are also incorporated into the overall planned aesthetic. Here are four of the main considerations we look at when creating an interior design thread:
Colour and materials
Homes with the best sense of flow have a colour palette and material scheme that run cohesively throughout. Choosing a base colour and accent colour for each room that work with each other is very important. You’ll intuitively get a sense of how a single co-ordinated colour ‘story’ works to create harmony and style in a home.
Similarly you can create a consistent look and feel by using the same materials throughout a property too. We often use wooden flooring in the entire ground floor of a house to create a flow that’s supported by the colour and furniture choices. You can soften up wooden flooring with some rugs, which is a good way to introduce your accent colour whilst adding a level of coziness and comfort to your home.
Furniture and accessories
Once you have chosen colours you need to think about furnishings. To create a design thread for your furniture, choose items that work together. One way of doing this is to be consistent in era, style and aesthetic. For example, your home might boast a natural light wood furniture theme with traditional detailing, or you might otherwise go for something simpler in design and colour.
If you can’t choose between styles, consider mixing them. This works well if thought through carefully. A minimalist colour palette, mid-century furniture and industrial lighting work together if the items relate to each other. For example tie the brass handles on your mid-century sideboard to the brass detailing on the feet of your minimalist sofa for a small nod to each style.
Be careful though, as mixing too many styles and finishes can look mismatched.
When it comes to accessories, refer to your colour scheme. Stick to consistent accent colours – not necessarily limiting your colour palette, but selecting shades and tones that work together.
For example, you might opt to choose pastel accent shades which will give a subtler colour injection. Jewel tones are a great way to create a statement and contrast, or even metal accessories which will reflect light, add a little texture and bring some fun to your home!
Textures and finishes
Consider textures and finishes for extra visual interest. Even a simple neutral such as a pale champagne colour can be made richly interesting when used across a range of textures such as silk, gloss, fur, voile or velvet.
The goal when introducing interesting textures and finishes is to strike a balance between the visually interesting and what might be busy and overwhelming. The trick is to throw in a few bold textures and patterns that catch the eye, while allowing space for neutral tones to add calm and serenity.
You can find more ideas on how to introduce textures in our blog post here.
Art choices also need to be factored in and planned as part of your overall design thread. So far you will have considered colour, furniture, textures and accessories, and you will need to choose a style of art that works well to tie these elements together.
Perhaps you have chosen minimalist furniture and a colour palette of whites, creams and neutrals. In this instance you can be daring with your art choice – perhaps opting for minimal graphic prints or creating bold feature spaces with modern, colourful art or directional photography.
Alternatively, your home may have a rich and luxurious aesthetic with dark colours and prints, sumptuous furniture and antique originals. In this case, your art is likely to be quirky yet classic with ornate frames that complement the drama of your interior rather than clean, crisp and contemporary lines that may clash.
With these tips in mind, you can start to create your own ‘design thread’ mood boards for your next interior project.
If you would like some help, why not contact Granit’s interior design team for a consultation. You can contact us here.