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Choosing Paint Colors for Open Floor Plan–Like Finding Jeans that Fit



The question I get asked the most is what color should I paint my walls when the walls merge into 17 other spaces aka an open floor plan.

People always want me to give them a magic answer that does not include the word beige.

I get it. I’m not a fan of “beige” either.

Open floor plans equal several walls that you see simultaneously–that means lots of square footage. This is not the opportunity to show your individuality and your love of color. Go neutral, you don’t have to call it “beige”–call it “Moonlit Mushroom” or “Hint of Chocolate”.

Benjamin Moore Feather Down 953

Benjamin Moore Feather Down 953

Benjamin Moore London Fog 1541

Benjamin Moore London Fog 1541

You showcase your personality in other ways–accent chairs, a kitchen island, pillows, a wallpapered accent wall, rugs.

And if you really want some diversity with the neutral color take the whole paint card and choose a few of the shades off the card for the surrounding opening rooms.



If in doubt about which neutral shade to go with–go lighter instead of darker. The color always intensifies and looks brighter once it goes on your walls.

And finally there is no one-color-fits-all.  “Paint your walls–Sherwin Williams Mystical Night Mist!” or “Benjamin Moore Shimmering Dove Cote!” and Bam! We are done here. You buy 5 gallons, slap it on the walls, and perfection.

I wish.

Listen, picking a paint color that works in your house–with your lighting, your floors, your furniture, your counters, your cabinets is like trying to find a pair of jeans that fits your bottom, your legs, your height, and your body type. It’s work. You have to try them on.  And one size, or one color, does not fit all.

SNL Mom Jeans Skit

SNL Mom Jeans Skit


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