Painting Tips for an Open Floor Plan

How to paint walls with an open floor plan.

An open floor plan creates a spacious and accessible interior emphasizing modern traits and sleekness. When charged with the task of redecorating an open floor plan, it can seem daunting and overwhelming. All the space is visible at once, making your paint choices key. All areas need to complement each other while exuding an inviting vibe throughout. Your color scheme can make all the difference.

Color Scheme for an Open Floor Plan

  • Use the same color throughout the interior. Drastically different colors will disrupt the natural flow.
  • Use varying hues of the same color for contrast that won’t be distracting. This will add interest without hindering continuity.
  • Enhance small spaces by using visually receding colors with a satin finish. Visually receding colors are light shades of blue and green, light neutrals and light yellows and lilacs. Satin finishes reflect light, making the most of a tiny space.
  • Large spaces can be made to feel cozy by using visually advancing colors in a matte finish. Visually advancing colors are darker hues such as deep blues and greens, oranges and reds. A matte finish over these colors will absorb light, giving off a warmth feeling.
  • Paint trim the same color as your walls, just in a different sheen, for visual interest OR go white trim in a white gloss for a clean, classic finish.
  • Be aware when selecting color. A shade that is perfectly fine in a sample patch can be overwhelming throughout the entirety of the room. Test it in a bright area and in a darker corner. Make sure you test it in all possible situations without committing to a final color!

Once you’ve decided on a color scheme for your open floor plan, start at the top and move down. If you paint the walls before the ceiling, any spatter or drips from the ceiling could ruin the newly painted walls. Begin your room transformation with these tips!

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