Color has an enormous effect on mood. It can be a beacon of inspiration to tell a unique visual story. Color can be calming or invigorating. It can open up a space and fill it with a great sense of panache or close it in and create intimacy.

A well-planned and cohesive color thread is essential when aiming for a harmonious space that feels stylish, complete, and polished.

When unity and harmony are at play, color, along with all other details such as texture, pattern, and shape, come together in a relaxing sense of togetherness.

By following the advice highlighted in this guide, you can easily design a cohesive and visually stimulating home that truly reflects your distinctive style.

  • Establish a theme

Achieving vibrant and cohesive interiors all comes down to deciding upon a dominant theme or motif. Essentially, your preferred aesthetic forms the foundation for the room’s overall style and atmosphere.

A well-thought-out theme gives the home a sense of identity. And part of telling a visual story is to consider your design aesthetic in conjunction with your color palette.

When your interior space has a good balance of both, perfect harmony between beauty, functionality, and elegance is established—from the entrance to the last room.

It’s worth noting that vibrant and cohesive interiors don't have to rely on bold, highly saturated hues. Handled in the right way, a combination of neutrals can deliver a surprisingly big dollop of interest to any design scheme.

  • Pick a dominant element

Color and design harmony can be attained by focusing on one dominant element. This could be a statement piece of furniture such as a sofa or multiple pieces with similar characteristics.

In this situation, the dominant element serves as a prominent and unifying factor—and its color as a theme that you consistently return to while decorating for a cohesive look.

For instance, if the unifying element is Ficari’s Negroni sofa in black Marled Melange upholstery, carrying the same color through to other features, say an area rug and artwork, creates visual intention and consistency where everything matches flawlessly.

Once the dominant color has been established, weave to it two or three secondary hues that aim to complement rather than compete with it.

  • Add striking contrast

Creating contrast—balancing out the impact of one color with another—is the linchpin of any vibrant and visually intriguing space. Remember, the goal is to attain a sense of cohesion without monotony. Too much contrast, however, can create visual dissonance.

If you would prefer to keep big-ticket items more pared-back, contrast can be achieved by choosing an accent hue or pattern that is appropriate to the palette and pleasant to the eye.

An accent piece of furniture or decorative accessories introduced sparingly across the room can make the perfect amount of contrast you’re looking for.

At once sculptural and plush, the Auri in Terracotta Italian Velvet is the accent piece you never knew you needed. Added as a final touch, it can inject a pop of style to a lonely corner or keep a neutral room unexpectedly joyful.

  • Embrace timeless furniture

Choosing timeless furniture designs is a good jumping-off point for a home that feels dynamic from room to room.

The right furniture should feel natural within the space and provide a backdrop that defines the artistic quality of your aesthetic.

When trying to design a home that feels vibrant, cohesive, and elegant, you hardly go wrong with modern and timeless pieces that share similar characteristics, whether through color, shape, or materiality.

Dedicated to exceeding expectations, Ficari’s furniture pieces are a mark of high quality and great design—beautiful, modern, timeless.

Offering the same high level of service to all clients, our pieces are crafted and shipped from Canada right to your doorstep—whether you reside in Los Angeles or New York City.

June 29, 2023

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