What about the not so obvious rooms in your home, such as the guest bedrooms, the bathrooms or the utility room? Can they act independently since there’s a transition?
Yes, but mostly no.
As you move through one space, say, that calm living/dining combo we painted in the section above, you want to maintain a similar feel in the next space. So if your kitchen sits behind the dining area, rather than painting orange, for example, look for a color that harmonizes with the grays and blues. After all, you’re going to see the colors of that kitchen from your dining room.
It may seem kind of silly to worry about clashing colors that literally only overlap through a doorway, but those colors are more than just colors. Those colors are attitudes, they’re sensations, they’re hints at how rooms are meant to be used and what kind of overall atmosphere you want your home to convey. When going through a room transition makes it feel like you’ve stepped into a whole different house, you need to address the biggest design element there: the paint.
Although contrasting colors have their places and certainly can work in transitional spaces, you want to maintain coordinated colors between rooms. To make that more clear, your first goal is to choose the palette, and therefore atmosphere, that your whole home should convey. That might be pastels or jewel tones or earth tones, or whatever works for you, as long as it’s consistent. Your second goal is to apply those colors in a way that maintains the emotional effect you have in mind.
Going back to that kitchen, since our living room and dining were light gray and blue, you might consider a light blue-gray, a light green, or even a light yellow, depending on the palette you’re working with.