Next to the investment of cabinets, furniture, rugs and draperies, a gallon or two of paint is pretty low cost when you consider how it can transform and unify not only a room, but also an entire house. What you want to achieve is a sense of flow from one room to the other, so the colors must work together.

The Heriz carpet (left), a family heirloom, inspired
a personal palette for a 3000 square foot home in Brookline MA.