In a small home is it best to keep the wall paint colors consistent?

We just bought an older home built in1950. It currently has a wide variety of paint colors throughout. I want to change it to mostly the same but also want to create some sense of variation while keeping a consistent flow.

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  • Jacquie Jacquie on May 28, 2018
    By painting the walls all a similar color, you create a cohesive environment. Depending on your layout (open concepts or closed off rooms, choosing paint from the same family of colors looks cohesive. But in saying that, if you have a room that is closed off and your heart is set on a certain color, go nuts! It's your house and your choice at the end of the day.

  • You don't have to. An accent wall is great, a bold pop if color. You can even do a pattern on it, stripes, chevron... a brightly colored ceiling is another option

  • Bijous Bijous on May 28, 2018
    Then use variations on the same color. Use a color fan (check a paint store to see if they'll give you one or let you borrow it). Take the fan home and look at the paint in different lights. Choose paints up and down the paint stick you've chosen. You will have fluidity throughout. Also, homes built in the 50's really didn't have enough lighting; update yours and the rooms will literally glow. And congrats on your new digs! (50's speak). Good luck.

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on May 28, 2018
    The best and easiest answer is to use monotones in the color you choose. That means if you like green, it's okay to change the green from one room to another - sea foam, celery, a pop of forest green on an accent wall, etc.. This will keep the theme but give you a variety of options for various rooms. Then, you work with your furnishings and accessories to make each room similar but different. Remember, with the exception of hallways, darker shades tend to add depth and lighter ones add cheer and comfort.

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on May 28, 2018
    Find a neutral color and paint the entire home the same color - use a primer first to cover the other paint.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 28, 2018
    In our 1954 house, being it is small, all walls are the same color. It was off white lightish beige when we purchased it and still is right now. Will the mature trees we don't get sun and the house is always kind of dark and makes the walls look dark. We are thinking of going white to brighten it up. If you have sufficient light in your house, perhaps you could have consistent color on the walls and pick one smaller wall in some of the rooms to make a statement wall in another color that isn't real outrageous and make the room look smaller. Perhaps if you use a different color, but light the room will not look smaller. That is the way I would go.

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on May 28, 2018
    I like Bijou concept and since you have stated you want this then it is the proper way. I would also recommend that you pick 3 colors in totality. One color for walls, can be different hues as subgested, one for trim even if it's stain, and one for larger pieces of furniture. The furniture can also be as the paint in different hues of same color.
    Then with large carpets if over wood floors, pull out colors for accessories. That's really were your personality will come through. Those can vary somewhat from room to room. This way the eye doesn't focus on the furniture nor walls but on the colors of your accessories. While you look at paint colors keep the furniture color that you already own and don't plan on changing,in mind. Maybe you like an all white room,that's great just vary the shades of white. You don't have to worry that it's boring because it isnt,it still has depth in the colors and textures you use. So you can have an entirely one color room if you like if you keep walls the same thought home, trim the same color color but in a different finish, for instance in a high gloss, and textures of fabrics in same color but maybe in a jaqard drapes with a velvet sofa and maybe add blind with metal finished end tables or glass lamps. It's subtle not busy yet interesting and people don't know why. It takes some work but can actually be done easily if you have a solid colored sofa that is neutral already and in color that you would like on your walls. Maybe it's in blue, then pick a pale blue for walls in a satin finish,and a white trim high gloss trim. Now your drapes can be in blue as well but have texture of some kind. Basket weave,jaqard whatever you care for, it's your room. As the room flow from one another you could use sofa color on walls in dining room and either deeper or lighter drapes or if you can see it directly from the living room then use the same as in living room. You can install chair rail in dining room and use two shades of blue on walls. As you go into kitchen if small keep it light, if you have plenty of light then try a Navy on the walls. Now in your private areas, those paint whatever you want. If you want to keep all bedrooms the same,go for it, if you want each to have its own identity because you have children then allow them to help pick out color. I would try to steer them into something that will last beyond their younger years though. Instead of bubble gum pink, pale pink. Bubble gum can go on bedding. As they grow change out bedding not walls. It's their space to an extent. Keep colors light in bedrooms or dark. And by that I mean either super pale with just a hint of color or deep in color because both are grown up and calm, perfect for a good night's rest. But even in these room maintain the same colored trim. If you have blinds or shades keep them the same in every room of your home. These can be seen from the outside of your home.
    We'll these are all just my opinion'so I hope that they can be of some help. I hope that I have explained them sufficiently but if not just send me a reply with a question. The point is to allow your personality to come through regardless of keeping home in one color. Accessories are your best bet and textures in furniture. Then your walls take a backseat.