The Key to Building a Cohesive Home


A Look at the Cohesive Home Interior Design Approach

From the earliest stages of the design-build construction process all the way to completion, our overarching goal always stays the same: bringing our clients’ distinctive visions to life. With so many design styles to choose from and key construction choices to make, it’s imperative that we never lose site of this goal.

Close-up interior shot of the condo's kitchen

Whether or not it’s explicitly asked for, all of our clients appreciate the feeling they get when they enter their home and everything feels in harmony. Over 25 years of experience have taught us that the secret to that harmonious feeling is achieving cohesive design, and this is something we now seek to create in all of our projects, including this lavish Back Bay condo.

The good news is that cohesive design is less nebulous than many would assume. In fact, there are some simple tips and rules you can follow to help you achieve a cohesive design in your home. We’ve picked these up over years designing and building homes, and collaborating with architects – we’re happy to share them with you now!

Cohesive Design: An Essential Element Throughout Industries

The principle of “cohesive design” can be applied to many fields of expertise, from print ads to website layouts to a company’s branding guidelines and assets. While we’re not in the print ad, website development, or branding businesses, many of the principles that apply to cohesiveness within those industries are also applicable to interior design in the construction field, with the most prominent aspect being consistency.

Consistency: The Key to Building a Cohesive Home

Think of your home as a series of pieces that have to fit together to create a unified whole. When you look at it this way, you can better understand why having a cohesive look and feel is so important: without it, you risk turning your property into a hodgepodge of random elements and ideas that might look good on their own, but when put together, simply don’t make sense.

mid century modern living area

For example, introducing a modern or contemporary bathroom into an otherwise traditional home would make the overall aesthetic of the home feel disjointed at best and detached at worst, and this will not go unnoticed by yourself or your guests. Just like watching a movie that’s full of jarring tonal shifts between humor, drama, and horror, introducing an abrupt thematic shift into one or more of your house’s rooms will feel clumsy, awkward, and poorly planned.

Cohesive Home Interior Design Ideas & Tips

To help you achieve a cohesive aesthetic, there are some general home interior design ideas and tips that should always be followed. As detail-oriented design-build construction experts, we have repeatedly applied most, if not all, of these guidelines to our intensive interior design approach throughout the years, ensuring what you’re about to read is tried and true.

  • Decide on a cohesive color scheme: Color is one of the easiest ways to create a sense of cohesion throughout the different rooms of your house, and it can be utilized in a number of ways. Whether it’s through more straightforward means, such as the paint choices you decide on, or more provisional means such as the color of the furniture and accessories that you fill these spaces with, a shared and consistent color palette will help you create a more natural “flow” from room to room.
  • Utilize lighting efficiently, but strategically: For every room of your house, there are a number of lighting options to choose from. With our clients, one of the main recurring questions we hear regarding lighting concerns the balance between natural and artificial light. In our opinion, this is one area that has a bit more leniency as far as mixing it up from room to room goes since natural light might work beautifully in one space, but not so well in another. But even though there is a bit more leeway when it comes to lighting, you still have to take steps to make sure the “flow” between rooms feels organic and natural (even when artificial light is being used).
  • Finally, make sure your primary design elements are consistent: From your cabinetry to your flooring, the main elements of your house should stay roughly the same, regardless of the room they’re placed in. For example, if you have hard room flooring in one or more rooms of the house, it would make for quite a jarring transition if another room randomly had porcelain tile or carpeted flooring!


custom modern glass staircase

Looking for Custom Home Builders with Cohesive Interior Design Approach

As you can see, there are many ways to ensure your home retains a cohesive interior design from room to room. While consistency will always be the key to creating a home that feels like one united structure as opposed to an arbitrary collection of random rooms and ideas, this doesn’t mean you can’t mix things up from time to time – but just make sure you do so strategically and with proper guidance if you want to ensure an optimal outcome!

a navy bedroom in one of the luxury condos we remodeled

Use navy liberally in the bedroom to create an air of maturity and mystery like in this bedroom Sleeping Dog Properties created for a luxury condo in Boston.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for experienced custom home builders working at a reputable design and build company, feel free to contact us with any questions or comments at any time. One of our seasoned team members will be more than happy to assist you!


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