How to choose a colour palette for an open floor plan

The open floor plan has been popular in homes across the country and world for quite a while now and for good reason. It makes small spaces look large and it combines different living spaces into one to create an inviting and comforting environment. But it can have decorating problems. How does one choose a colour palette that blends from room to room when there are no walls?

Too much colour will be overwhelming and too little colour will be boring. The trick is in finding the balance to create a beautiful, seamless space.

One option is to stick to three to five colours. In a five colour scheme one of those colours should be white, one or two should be neutral, and one or two are supporting/bright/contrasting. Stick to colour families or to colours that share the same intensity to keep this cohesive.

Using a three colour scheme can draw attention to architectural details with three colours that work well together. One colour for the walls, one for the trims, and the third for the ceiling. When done well, this looks sophisticated.

A neutral colour palette is also a good option and it does not need be boring. Instead, it can add texture and pattern in interesting ways. Choosing a white or neutral background for an open floor plan gives one the freedom to add a textured wall in the same colour or in contrasting finishes. A brick wall, colourful backsplash, or textured ceiling can add variety to the space.


Even if one chooses to keep the room neutral, some colour can be added in strategic places. Find the interesting angles and corners of the room, and go bold. These areas will have a natural stop and start point. Bold colours will add life and even comfort to the room.

If one colour is too much, try tone on tone. Use different tones of the same colour, and gradually transition from tone to tone in different areas of the open space.

Use furniture to add some character to an open space. For example, a bookcase can break up a long wall of the same colour, or if a bookcase is the same finish as the kitchen cabinets, it can be a key element in tying together the two rooms. Ceiling beams can provide a natural transition and can be slightly altered in colour/tone from room to room.

Whimsically-coloured chairs or rugs can add pops of colour. Throw pillows can anchor an accent wall to the room.

Be creative.

Happy Painting!


Fixing common painting problems

Drips, brush marks, and stains are a huge disappointment to find after putting in time, effort, and sweat into painting your walls yourself.

So how can you easily fix such common mistakes without too much additional effort? Read on to learn how to fix some of the most common painting mistakes.

Remove drips from paint

To avoid drips in the first place, make sure you don’t overload your paintbrush as you paint. But if you end up with drips, follow these steps.

  1. With a scraper, carefully scrape the paint drips.
  2. Sand the area until it’s smooth, so you cannot feel the edges.
  3. Remove sanding dust with a clean rag.
  4. Repaint the area.


Get rid of brush marks

Brush marks often show up on natural wood finishes. They can also be caused by overloading your paintbrush. Get rid of them with these steps:

  1. Sand the area with a small piece of sandpaper. For larger areas use a hand sander/machine sander.
  2. Remove sanding dust with a clean rag.
  3. Repaint the area.

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Remove stains

If you don’t properly prime before painting, it’s possible for stains to show through your new paint coats. Here’s the best way for stains to be gone:

  1. Using a heavy duty cleaner (not caustic based), clean the area thoroughly.
  2. Let dry completely.
  3. Apply an oil-based undercoat over the stain.
  4. Once the undercoat is dry, repaint.


Fix flaking paint

Flaking paint happens over time as moisture finds its way under your painted surface. But it can also happen when you apply paint to a damp surface. Fix flaking paint by following these steps:

  1. Use a paint scraper or wire brush to remove the flaking paint.
  2. Sand the area. Start with a coarse abrasive, and finish the sanding with a fine abrasive.
  3. Work hard to smooth the edges between the painted and scraped areas. Otherwise, the new coat of paint will highlight those lines.
  4. Remove dust with a clean rag.
  5. Prime the area.
  6. Repaint.


Get rid of mildew

You’ll find mildew in bathrooms and kitchens because moisture tends to be a constant occurrence in these rooms. Take care of the problem with these steps:

  1. Wearing protective eye-wear, gloves, and clothing, wash the area with a heavy duty cleaner, water, bleach, and a clean stiff brush.
  2. Go bottom to top so you don’t stain the surface.
  3. Let the wall dry for at least two days.
  4. Remove dust with a clean rag.
  5. Prime with a primer that contains mildew protection.
  6. Repaint with two coats of paint.

Happy Painting!