3 Things to Consider When Painting a Commercial Interior Hallway
As the temperatures cool and the rain clouds form in the Chicago area, it’s time to start looking inside for your next commercial painting project. Meeting spaces, boardrooms, and offices can all use a little touching up, and the falling leaves and damp weather make this season the perfect time to do it. One space you definitely don’t want to neglect during this process is the hallways of your buildings.
When choosing how to paint your hallways, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
While not the main event, a good hallway space can certainly set a positive tone for your entire building. With the wrong paint job, a hallway can detract from the entire space.
1. Hallway Size and Lighting
One of the first things you want to look at when deciding how to paint your hallway is how much space your hallways have. Bigger hallways will be more forgiving, so you will have to be more careful when choosing paint colors with narrower spaces. Choosing lighter colors for smaller spaces will help open them up, giving the illusion of more room.
Lighting in your hallways can be a factor, as well. Hallways without much natural light will need a little more thought put into their painting scheme. For situations like this, you want to choose colors that will reflect as much light as possible to open up the space. Eggshell whites, light greys, and soft beiges can be good places to start when looking at colors to use in small or dark spaces. Additionally, using colors such as blue or green will help to add brightness to the space.
2. Overall Building Atmosphere
Different color tones can change the way a space is viewed by those who step into it. With hallways, you will want to ask yourself what kind of experience you are trying to create. If your building has a professional and clean atmosphere, sticking with cool tones will help to create a cohesive theme. This will also have the added benefit of calming those who enter in your hallways. However, if your goal is to make your building more home-like and inviting, you will want to choose warmer tones. These colors can create a sense of intimacy in those visiting your space.
3. Maintenance and Upkeep
The last thing you want to consider when choosing your paint for your hallway spaces is the finish of the paint. A paint’s finish will determine not only how your hallway looks, but also how easy it will be to maintain and clean long after the paint job is finished. For commercial projects, most professional painting companies will choose between satin or semi-gloss finishes. Generally, a satin finish will work for most commercial building projects. It is long-lasting and can handle a good amount of wear and tear. However, with the high-traffic nature of hallways you may want to choose a semi-gloss finish instead. The durability of the semi-gloss will ensure that your hallways look good for years to come.