Creating Visual Flow When Decorating Your Home
Having an eye for décor comes naturally to some people. For those people who don’t have that eye for design, you can take advantage of visual flow!
What is Visual Flow when Decorating Your House?
Visual flow is when you can walk into a room and the décor makes you travel visually through the room and then from room to room, so that you can experience the whole location.
1. Start with a Foundational Color and an Accent Color to Help Set the Visual Flow in Your Home
I’ll generally start with a foundational color like a cream! Once I’ve chosen a foundational color, I’ll have one particular color. Then I’ll head to a store and buy accent pieces in this color – a throw, a lamp, or a decorative piece.
2. Place Accent Colors in Places that Make the Eyes Travel
It’s crucial to place the accent pieces every so often in locations that force the eye to travel through the room the way you want it to. For example, in my studio my accent colors are pink and green. I will place those colors every so often so that my clients’ eyes will travel from one thing that’s hot pink to the next thing! These accent pieces should be something that catches the eye to bring you to the next location to help you travel visually throughout the room.
3. Decide How you Want to Feel When You Walk in the Room
Visual flow is super important to the overall design of your house, especially since it affects the way you feel! I feel like if the décor in a room is choppy, busy, and broken up, that’s exactly what you’re going to feel like (broken and choppy)! If the visual flow is soft and visually inspiring to you then you will have the chance to channel that energy! I am not a busy decorator, to me my life has been so crazy, and all over the place, that when I’m in my home I want to feel peace, I want to feel comforted, I want to feel like I have something soft and beautiful around me.
4. Choose a Style that Will Set that Feeling You Want to Achieve
One way I achieve that feeling of comfort and peace is through the shapes I choose in my furniture and décor. I tend to veer away from sharp angles, and tend to gravitate to circles! My tables are circular, the edges of my furniture are typically rounded and so are my pillows! Circles are more inviting and soothing than sharp circles! You’d be amazed how a small design change like the shape of your furniture, or switching up a pillow, will make you feel.
However, if you’re attempting to achieve that edgy feeling, you can do bolder colors, and even very geometrical patterns and shapes for accent pieces like pillows. When attempting a look like this, less is more. Just having a few busy patterned pillows would be enough to set that edgy feel.
If you’re looking for a more high-fashion look, then go for the trendy pieces like glitter pillows or faux fur pillows! Just keep in mind that the uncomfortable textured kinds of pillows don’t convey a welcoming feeling.
Consistency to Create Visual Flow in a Room
Overall, it’s about consistency, sticking with tone on tone and moving the eye from spot to spot in the room and then from room to room in the house. You will feel so much better in your own home if you can achieve this. And if you need help with anything you can always reach out to me on my Instagram @Vivianphoto0!