Top Trends in Modern Commercial Painting

We've talked before about the ways that a new interior and exterior paint job can enhance your property. Commercial painting can attract new tenants, increase your property value, and increase profits.

The question is, what kind of upgrades should you make using paint as your primary medium? The best way to maximize the benefits of commercial painting is to make modern (yet timeless) choices.

Today, we're going to discuss modern commercial painting trends you won't want to miss in 2024. From vibrant patterns to calming earth tones, we've got something for everyone. Read on to learn more.

Bringing Nature Into Commercial Spaces

After working from home for a few years, employees may not be thrilled to return to a more traditional work environment. One way property owners are making their buildings more approachable is by bringing nature indoors, and not just with potted plants.

We're talking about a nature-inspired color palette, which is taking over formally neutral spaces. Rather than creating a blank slate with shades of white, tan, and beige, opt for shades of blue and green.

Dark blues and greens will add sophistication and classic luxury to a commercial space. Light blues and greens will create an airy environment that maximizes natural light. Combining a natural color scheme with organic shapes and textures will harmonize your design.

Using Color Psychology to Shape the Mood

Color psychology is a concept that marketers already use to create compelling branding materials. What you may not realize is that you can do the same thing in your commercial space, which does function as an extension of your brand.

Color psychology is the theory that certain colors evoke certain moods when we interact with them. For example, when used well, red can evoke feelings of power, energy, and excitement. Green can evoke feelings of health, growth, and prosperity.

Because color psychology tends to focus on bright primary colors, it's best to use them strategically. Use these colors to paint accent walls or trim, toning them down with complementary neutrals.

Color Zoning For Open Floor Plans

Many modern commercial spaces are built on an open floor plan. The open floor plan became popular in the late 20th and early 21st century with the expectation that it would encourage collaboration. However, research finds that many workers don't enjoy the open floor plan as much as builders expected.

One issue with the open floor plan is that it doesn't delineate clear space for different types of work. This is where color zoning can come in handy. Color zoning is the practice of using color to block off distinct zones to create more cohesion.

For example, you might use bright, energizing colors like yellow and orange in spaces where you hold meetings or teams collaborate. Calmer colors like blue or purple can mark off spaces where employees do solo work that requires deep concentration.

Replacing Bland Walls With Art

If you're trying to make a bland commercial space more appealing, why not use your walls like a blank canvas? In 2024, we expect to see more artistic uses of commercial paint. This includes designs like:

  • Geometric patterns
  • Organic shapes
  • Branded murals (both indoors and out)

This commercial paint trend can be used to elevate the architectural design of your commercial space. If you want something bold but more orderly than a mural, use multiple colors to make doorways, windowsills, exposed beams, and trim pop. This is a great way to breathe new life into a space that is showing signs of age with no real structural damage.

If you're hoping to make your space more customizable to commercial tenants, give them the option to design murals and wall art of their own. Professional painters can bring their brand to life and cover up that unique wall art when the lease is up.

Creating Texture for Elevated Aesthetics

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for your commercial property's overall aesthetic. In addition to using high quality paint for durability and low VOC emissions, you can also ask for painting techniques that create texture.

Modern commercial buildings often lack the ornate details that make older properties stand out. For example, a modern warehouse may have plain drywall that gets the job done but doesn't do much in the way of inspiration.

A combination of textures and finishes can make your commercial space more striking and inviting, especially when combined with a fresh epoxy floor color. For example, sponge brush-style applications can create a rough and varied texture. A metallic finish can give your building an upgraded look without the cost of a true upgrade.

Modernizing With Bold Contrast

Real estate experts advised property owners to stick with neutral tones for decades because they created a blank slate for potential tenants. The only problem is that now, business owners seeking a commercial space are inundated with the same design over and over again. If you're looking for a modern way to stand out, consider using interior and exterior paint to create bold contrast.

For high-end office spaces, consider using black and white for a striking yet professional look. In active workspaces like warehouses, more invigorating color schemes like black and yellow or red blue and orange can do the trick.

Contrast is a great choice for exterior painting because it will attract the eye. If your tenants rely on foot traffic to increase sales, pops of color can give them a boost by drawing the eye.

Call PPD Painting for Modern Commercial Painting

As a commercial property owner, you work hard to keep your space up to date and appealing. While this sometimes requires an expensive remodel or intrusive maintenance, there's a quick and cost-effective solution you shouldn't overlook. Modern commercial painting can give your commercial property the makeover it needs to attract tenants and keep workers happy.

PPD Painting has been providing commercial property owners with professional painting services, epoxy floor coatings, and more since 2003. We're located in Chicago and Cincinnati with wide-reaching service areas. Learn more about our commercial painting services today.

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