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Choosing paint color palettes for apartment community common
spaces and individual rental units is a task many painters and property managers struggle with. Color experts at KILZ Paint, the makers of Complete Coat
Paint-and-Primer-In-One, were surveyed for their solutions to some of the toughest
paint questions. They maintained that when experimenting with multiple colors,
it’s best to pair colors that share a connection to each other—colors that sit next to
each other on the color wheel or that have the same undertone. For those looking
to use colors to make common spaces feel bigger, apartment operators should know
that light, cool colors tend to create a distancing effect, stretching the perception of
proximity and expanding the feel of a room. Meanwhile, some colors are associated with luxury. These include black, gold and deep purple. For managers aiming
to improve the durability of a color, KILZ Paint recommends neutrals—grays,
whites, tans and taupes—all of which can expand the life of a wall color. All four
tones are easily updated by changing out accent colors.
One challenge where some operators stumble is in choosing door colors for
units. Apartment door colors can be conservative or expressive as desired. Black,
brown, charcoal, beige and white are generally the classic door color choices due
to their versatility and neutrality. However, if the community’s management permits, eye-popping door colors like red, coral, aqua and yellow can provide a fun
punch of color that attracts prospective residents and makes existing ones feel at
home. Finally, some operators are aiming to go the extra mile by pairing interior
apartment color with exterior common space color. To bridge the difference, one
standard practice is to keep at least one color in common. Then, update all other
accents as necessary in order to keep all spaces from feeling dated.
FOR YOUR RESIDENTIAL UNITS
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