The right color choices can make your commercial property inviting, set a mood, and enhance the customer and employee experience.

At Ghaster Painting & Coatings, we have more than 45 years of experience with commercial and industrial paint jobs and are happy to make recommendations. While the choice of colors is up to you, we have learned a thing or two over the years. Here are some things you want to keep in mind when selecting interior paint colors for commercial buildings.

Choosing Interior Paint Colors for Commercial Buildings

Interior paint colors for commercial buildings can be subtle and soothing or bold and in your face. It all depends on the style and tone you are trying to set. The right color can improve brand recognition by as much as 80%.

One of the first things you need to consider is how your chosen colors will work with your brand and marketing. You will want colors that complement your logo. For example, if you want the logo to be set off from the background, a signature color can set you apart and create a distinctive look.

Color schemes generally fall within one of four color categories:

  1. Monochromatic
  2. Complementary
  3. Triadic
  4. Tertiary


A monochromatic scheme uses the same color throughout but blends different hues, shades, or tints. For example, using light green for a primary color and dark green for trim.


Some commercial property owners choose a primary color and a complementary accent color. Some examples would be blue and orange, grey with a tint of red, or grey with a slight green tint. You may want to check out our color wheel to learn why these complementary colors are aesthetically pleasing.


Triadic colors also use the color wheel by distributing three colors evenly around the color wheel with all shades being equal. In other words, there is no primary or secondary color.


Tertiary colors blend colors to create new shades, such as green and cyan to create spring green or blue and cyan to create azure blue.

There are a nearly limitless number of colors you can pick. Even within the same color, there are variations such as hue, intensity, shading, and more. You can mix and match in various ways to create just the look you want.

Be Careful When Choosing Colors

Remember when Avocado Green and Harvest Gold were the “hot” new color for appliances? Not so much anymore, right?

Since you will live with your color choices for a long time, you should choose colors that you will love years from now. While some businesses may prefer to go with the trendy color of the moment, it has the potential to make your commercial property appear outdated more quickly or require you to repaint more often.

By the way, according to different manufacturers, the hot new colors for 2022 are all shades of green except for one:

  • Sherwin-Williams: Evergreen Fog (grayish green)
  • Benjamin Moore: October Mist (grayish green)
  • PPG: Olive Spring (grayish green)
  • Glidden: Guacamole (bright green)
  • Pantone: Very Peri (purplish-blue shade of periwinkle)

Which is right for you? Colors impact mood, productivity, and even purchase decisions. So, it depends on what you are trying to accomplish and whether you want colors to jump out at you or blend subtly into the background.

Picking Paint: More Than Just Color

Interior commercial painting is about a lot more than just picking the colors. You do not want to paint any more often than you need to, so you should use high-quality paints that will be durable and wear well over time.

There are plenty of options for finishes, including flat, matte, satin, eggshell, semi-gloss, gloss, and high-gloss. If you are undecided, lean towards finishes that you can clean easily and that resist stains and marks.

If possible, opt for paints that emit low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs give off that new paint smell and can take days or weeks to fade away.

Make Better Color Decisions

Your commercial painting contractor can help you make good decisions about interior paint colors for commercial buildings if they have decades of experience, like the experts at Ghaster Painting & Coatings.

As Arizona’s choice for commercial and industrial paintings and coatings, we keep buildings looking better longer. We provide on-site walkthroughs, free same-day estimates, professional renderings, and a painting schedule that works for you.

We only use crew members who are employees, and we do not subcontract core painting work. All members of our paint crews have passed background checks and drug screenings and are OSHA trained for safety.

If you are planning an interior commercial painting project, we can make the entire process painless from prep and planning to clean up. Contact us to request a bid.

Author Kirsten Ghaster

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