Open floor plans have become a popular design concept over the years and continue in their popularity for a number of reasons. Firstly, open floor plans create a way to bring friends and family together by blending the living space into one area where everyone can gather and actively participate; secondly it allows the home owner to get the most out of every square foot of their interior. Yet many home owners find it a challenge when it comes to selecting a color palette that blends seamlessly from one area to the next. Too much color and the open floor plan will be overwhelming, too little color and the space will be drab and boring. The question is: How do you create a space that is both beautiful and balanced?
How to Paint an Open Floor Plan Different Colors
According to the knowledgeable experts at Bill Engler Painting, the key to selecting paint colors for an open floor plan is to choose no more than three to five colors to be used throughout the entire area. Generally speaking one of the colors should be light, one or two should be neutral tones, and one or two should be stronger colors. Select shades that are in the same color palette or shades that share the same level of intensity to keep the look of your new interior balanced.
Neutral Paint Color Palette: Selecting a neutral color palette for your open space doesn’t have to be boring. In fact it can offer opportunities for adding textures and patterns to bring depth and interest to the room. Think of your new neutral color palette as a blank canvas that can be used to highlight a textured wall, colorful backsplash or a wood planked ceiling.
Adding Accent Paint Colors: Even if you opt to stick with a predominantly neutral color palette, you can add interest by using a pop of strategically placed color to add a touch of boldness to your space. Begin by selecting an area in your open floor plan that has a naturally occurring start and finish point to keep your floor plan cohesive.
Three Color Paint Scheme: Consider adding interest to your open floor plan by using a three-color paint scheme to draw the eye to the architectural elements within the room. Select colors that blend well together and use the first color for your walls, the second color for your trim, and the third color for your ceiling. Selecting the right décor to match your paint scheme will add instant sophistication and style to your freshly painted space.
Tone on Tone Paint Color Scheme: Let’s face it, too much of one color can be a little boring but if you have simple tastes, you can step it up a notch by using tones of the same color to make a gradual transition from one area of your space to the next.
Use Furniture and Architecture: Selecting the right color palette for an open floor plan may not be as easy as it sounds for every homeowner, but you may get an expected push in the right direction when it comes to adding in your furniture and architecture. A bookcase in the same wood as your kitchen cabinets for example can break up a long wall while tying your kitchen and dining area together. Molding on the other hand can provide a break in colors and help your eye transition between areas. Pattern fabrics can add a pop of color and interest while throw pillow can help balance your accent wall colors.