5 Open Floor Plan Paint Ideas to Open Up Your Room

August 1, 2018


Have you just decided to take on the task of painting a room in your home?

Yes? Great!

Painting a room can change the entire atmosphere of your home and allow you to express your creativity. But what color is best for you and your home?

There is a certain amount of strategy that accompanies painting an open floor plan. With the goal of making the space look bigger, you need to be intentional about what colors you choose and how you use them. Some colors make rooms look smaller and others add tons of space.

So where do you start?

Don't worry! We've put together a list of five open floor plan paint ideas that'll help solve this problem, and send you on your way to the local hardware store.

Check it out!

1. Neutrals

When you think about painting your space (and every HGTV show you've ever watched) you probably understand the first cardinal rule of painting.

You can almost never go wrong with neutrals.

Lighter colors are known to make a room feel bright, airy and inviting. This effect causes the eye to take in more space, thus creating the optical illusion that there's tons of space.

In contrast, darker colors are known to make rooms feel condensed and small.

So when you're looking in the paint section of your local hardware store, gear toward lighter colors. Soft tones of off-white, light grayish-blues and yellows are great places to start.

2. Consistency

The best way to create an open and bright environment is to be consistent with your colors.

It's best if all of the walls be the same color, with accents every now and then. This makes the entire room flow together and provide that sense of consistency and cohesiveness.

When you walk into a room that has several opposite colors thrown around in no particular order, you get overwhelmed. Your eyes will also get overwhelmed as these colors will take more time to adjust to.

If there are a lot of colors to focus on, your brain will draw the conclusion that there is more clutter in the room than anything. This will tell your brain that the space is smaller and more chaotic.

If you're wanting to add color, and avoid a stimulation overload, try adding monochromatic colors. Monochromatic colors are colors in the same shade with different undertones, usually warm or cool.

If you're wanting to add a bit more, use colors that are similar in shade. On a paint swatch, try using colors that are recommended to accompany it.

3. Contrast

But just because your walls should all be the same color, doesn't mean you have to neglect other fun pops of color. The key to an open floor plan is to add as much dimension as possible.

Paint the walls all the same color but paint the trim another color in the same color wheel as your base. This creates an optical illusion that tells the eye that there's more space in your room.

If you're wanting to add a fun pop of color, look at your smaller areas where you can do that. Think about bookcases, kitchen islands, built-ins and light fixtures.

These are great places to add color and will really draw the eye. It's the best of both worlds because it's not too overwhelming and it's just enough to make a statement.

4. Accents

In an open floor plan, you're going to need a focal point.

A focal point is that thing that immediately grabs someones attention as soon as they walk through your front door. So how do you achieve a focal point?

A fun way to create a focal point is to add a dramatic accent wall. Whatever bold color, in your color scheme, that speaks to you should be applied to this wall.

This wall sets the tone for the entire space so make sure to be selective in finding your color. This bold wall will highlight the unique features of your space and further emphasize the dimensions in your home.

If you're interested in adding patterns, where there's a will there's a way!

Instead of painting your accent wall, check out wallpaper options. If you decide to go this route, make sure the pattern is consistent or at least flows with the rest of your space.

Here's something to keep in mind with patterned wallpaper.

Because of the busy pattern, it might be best to not add any other decor to the accent wall. This could look cluttered and make the room look smaller. If you go with wall paper, know ahead of time that the accent wall won't be available for decor.

5. All about That Base...Board

When trying to maximize your space, you might think that it's all about the big picture.

While you're not wrong, you also can't overlook the little details. When decorating and painting a space, all of the little things contribute the most to a big picture.

As we said earlier, all trim should stay one consecutive color to give your space that sense of continuity.

While that's the top of your walls, what about the bottom?

Don't leave your baseboards out when trying to create a bigger-feeling area. Whatever color you've chosen to paint the walls with, whether it be your neutral base or accent wall, paint the baseboard that exact same color.

This little added detail will make your walls look seamless and like they go on forever. Your walls with look taller and it will give the overall affect that your open floor plan is much bigger than meets the eye.

Open Floor Plan Paint Ideas

There you have it! Five open floor plan paint ideas to help maximize your space.

Painting can be such a fun opportunity to express your personality and creativity. Just remember all of these tips and tricks and your open floor plan will look larger than life.

While some people may thrive when faced with painting a space, we recognize that this might not be everyone's cup of tea.

So if you read this and are still feeling overwhelmed and like you don't know where to start, don't stress.

We're color experts and we're here to help you.

If you're feeling confident about painting or not, feel free to reach out to us. We've got loads of resources, tips and tricks on how to make your space feel like yours.

The Author | Ryan Spalding
Ryan has been in the commercial painting industry for over 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge that he loves to share. View More Post from Ryan Spalding