June 14th, 2016

My Hand-Painted Open Concept Home


When we were looking at floor plans to build our house, my husband and I were really drawn to open concept homes. Not only did we love the openness and bright light they provide, we also thought it would be a great idea for our young family. We decided on a home that had a two-story living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a lofted open space for the kids to play and an open kitchen with a breakfast nook. Eight years later, we are still happy with the open concept floor plan.

But when it was time to banish the builder’s beige in our home, things got a little tricky. How could we give each room a distinct feeling while making sure each open space flowed easily into the next one?

Honestly, it took me a few years to figure out what to do. Finally, I decided that I would paint the entire living room, entryway and ceiling bright white. Even though I am a DIY fanatic, I hired painters to help me since the job required a giant scaffolding.

After that, I picked my color scheme, which is a mix of a blue and bright green similar to Caribbean Sea and Ferndale. I believe in the power of bright, bold colors. I also threw in some Deep Onyx, Candy Apple and gold and silver metallics as accent colors. I spent months hand painting this Mary Blair-inspired pattern and it is still my favorite thing in my home.


Open Concept Painting


As you can see, I painted blue stripes on the wall in our lofted playroom and the upstairs hallway a solid green. I was able to do two separate colors in these open rooms because there is a large space between them.

However, it gets a bit harder when you’re looking at a room that doesn’t have any separation like my kitchen. Y’all, it’s still builder’s beige because I just couldn’t decide what to do. Many of the walls between my open rooms meet at a rounded corner and I personally don’t like the look of a color change on a non 90-degree corner. I love the archways, but hate having to deal with the rounded edges.


Open floor plan kitchen


That’s why I’ve decided I will continue to paint my kitchen white in areas that have rounded edges, which is the majority of the room. The long back wall will become the focal point of this room and I will paint it in a bold hue—either Deep Onyx or a blue similar to Caribbean Sea. My husband questioned my bold choice and I said, “have you seen the rest of our home?”


Open floor plan breakfast nook


I hope that clears up some concerns about painting an open concept home. Obviously, the choice to not change paint colors anywhere other than at a 90-degree angle is purely personal. And I’m sure there are some beautiful examples out there that could make me change my mind. But for ease of decision making and getting on with my projects, this is one “rule” I have made for our home.


This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.