Constance Answers Your Top 10 Color Dilemma Questions

Constance Ramos, host of Color Correction, takes a look at the top 10 common color dilemmas from users and provides simple tips for designing a beautiful space without creating a color disaster.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionRamos uses a wall beyond the open floor plan family room as an endpoint for the new, red wall color.

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Question Eight: Where do I begin or end in an open floor plan?

1. Color defines a space.
Color can be an exciting and useful solution to bringing a large, open-floor-plan space into meaningful focus. Since form follows function, you must first define the functions in the open plan space. Walk through the room and ask yourself how many functions happen in that space, and where do they need to happen? Now, you have an idea of how to divide and define the space with color.

2. Define your endpoints.
In most open-plan areas, one area of a certain function may blend or overlap into another area of function. Begin to define areas by function and look for ways to begin and end color on the walls and floors. For wall color, look for turns or corners in the floor plan that create a natural end point. If there aren't any, you can create your own color endpoint by designing a terminus or special endpoint. In this case, I designed specialized wood molding for the walls in this open-floor-plan room that became a terminus for the very rich new wall color.

3. Color is not your only endpoint.
You can create artwork, molding or lighting elements to define the end of the color surface. For this project, I also designed a hanging art piece with a brown color that separated the area of the open plan.

4. Use visual endpoints as well.
Don't forget to use areas and surfaces that are visual endpoints to an open-floor-plan, even if they don't actually touch any part of the color-defined space. In these projects, I designed an accent wall that used the main color as an endpoint, yet, this wall was well beyond the defined area of color.