Industrial Color Trends

Posted on August 8, 2017

Industrial Color Trends

Choosing the best color to paint an industrial facility is quite different from choosing the best color for a residential property. When you paint residential properties, it’s mostly about aesthetics. But industrial properties are used hard, and paint tends to be more utilitarian. For example, a good coat of paint creates a layer of protection that limits corrosion and erosion to metal buildings. And industrial buildings are usually significantly larger than residential properties, so the choice of color is a little more limited.

Perhaps the biggest reason neutral color palettes continue to be popular is because they are timeless; a neutral color palette will never go out of style.

But that doesn’t mean that you can’t consider aesthetics in an industrial painting project. After all, image is everything in business, and color makes a statement even with industrial facilities.

Neutral color palettes, such as beiges or grays, are still a good option for both the interior and exterior of large industrial buildings because neutral colors:

  1. allow the structure to blend in with its surroundings
  2. offset the harsh fluorescent lighting typical in most industrial facilities
  3. make a nice background for business logos and exterior signs, which allows them to stand out more


Perhaps the biggest reason neutral color palettes continue to be popular is because they are timeless; a neutral color palette will never go out of style. You can always pick a bolder color for accents, such as doors and trim.

Interestingly, there has been a shift from colder neutrals to slightly warmer neutrals – almost like a gray beige – for industrial properties. This shift is occurring as businesses focus on differentiating themselves and as more varieties of grays become available.

If you’re looking to make more of a statement than a neutral paint palette can deliver, here are a three color palette options that are currently on trend for industrial properties:



  • Vivid and playful colors – Bright reds and vibrant earth tones add dimension to flat, windowless exteriors and may even energize your employees.
  • Color blocking – Color blocking, which has been popular in residential painting projects, is making its way into industrial painting and sprucing up dark and dull industrial facilities. Color blocking is created by adding solid geometric areas of contrasting hues to break up the mass of a wall.
  • Aquatic colors – The cool colors of the ocean – deep blues and light greens – are making their way inland, and they’re being paired with earthen tones, such as red and green.

Painting or repainting a large industrial facility is a huge investment that should be done properly if you want it to protect your building and look great for many years to come. Not sure what color is best for your industrial facility? CertaPro Painters® offers color matching, color consulting, and design coordination to help you choose the best color for your property.

Plus, CertaPro Painters® knows how to prep and pretreat your industrial facility and how to choose the right type of paint for the job. We offer painting services for all types of industrial buildings and warehouses to improve the look and preserve the value of your properties, while allowing you to focus on your business. We complete work on spec, on time, and on budget.


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