Creating Color Flow in an Open Floor Plan

When it comes to painting an open floor plan, the first thought is to play it safe and go with an all-white scheme, but adding colors helps to define specific areas. The key is to use color without making the space seem choppy. Follow these tips for achieving color and balance in an open floor setting.

Open living room with couch next to kitchen, divided by white cabinet.

1. Choose Your Main Color

This will be the color that you build off when creating your palette. A cheery, warm hue like Avenue Tan makes an open space feel cozier. You may decide to paint all the walls in this color, or to use it on the walls in the living or dining area. Incorporate the main color into fabrics, rugs and large artwork throughout the space.

Open kitchen with dining table, balcony doors

2. Add a Harmonious Accent Color

In an open floor plan, clashing colors can lead to chaos, so choose accent colors from the same color family. Use them for trims or to define one of your favorite areas of the space. For example, to play up a cabinet, paint the piece in the accent color instead of the main color. Be sure to bring the accent color into every area of the open-floor space for continuous flow.

Open kitchen and dining room, wooden floor,

3. Get Playful with Splashes of Color

If you have a rug or a fabric with a gorgeous hue, bring it out with special paint details. Use the same color on chair rails, an accent wall or the island in your kitchen. This color should be fun without creating too much contrast. Add a chair, knickknacks and accessories in the same color to bring it all together.

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