I recently received an email from a reader who was struggling with choosing paint colors for her very open floor plan. I’ve been there/done that, and thought I would share what I’ve learned and a few quick tips. . .
Stick to one color.
When you’re choosing a paint color for an open floor plan, you’re usually talking about a good amount of square footage. Even if you’re not, it’s a safe bet to go with one color overall so that it flows from space to space easily. Want to vary things up a little? Play with shades of the same color, using the same paint card, if there’s a place that makes sense to break it up a bit.
images: Burnham Design
Neutral never fails.
Neutral paint colors almost always make sense in a wide open space. (You can always add color and pattern in other places; keep reading.) And, if you’re eyes are going crossed from trying to decide between several different neutral paint swatches, I would recommend erring on the side of lighter than darker. It’s nearly impossible to choose the perfect paint color for someone online, but here are a few popular neutrals that you might want to use as a starting point:
Add color and pattern in other places.
An open floor plan doesn’t have to mean a lack of color. Look for other (smaller) places to use different paint colors: a kitchen island, built-in bookcases, your light fixtures. . . And, sometimes, it might be possible to add a little pattern to visually divide up the space. I used stripes on the two walls around the front door in our last house to separate the entry from the rest of the space.
Any other tips you’d add? Or, favorite neutral paint colors to share?