5 Recent Trends in the Commercial Painting Industry

Many people assume the commercial painting industry stays more or less the same most of the time, but this isn’t true. Commercial painting trends come and go, just like residential painting trends. After all, the paint on your walls sets the tone for your building, company, and brand.

If you own a commercial property, one of the ways that you can change the way your business is perceived by customers is by using smart painting practices. Below, we’ve listed five recent trends in the commercial painting industry. At First Nick Companies, we encourage you to consider these trends for your business.

Metallic Paint

Metallic paint makes quite a splash whether featured on an interior or exterior wall. We highly recommend using metallic paint as an accent color rather than a primary color on your walls.

A little goes a long way when it comes to metallic paint! It’s important to work with a commercial painting professional who knows how to choose the right metallic paint for your property. Metallic paint, when used properly, can make quite an impression. When badly applied, metallic paint can wear poorly.

Bold Colors

Draw the attention of your clients and potential clients with the use of bold, vibrant colors. Primary colors like red, yellow, and blue are perfect for attracting the eye.

Other shades like pink, purple, orange, and green can have a similar effect. When using bold colors, apply them against high-contrast backgrounds so that the paint will stand out. Work with your commercial painter to choose colors that will attract attention to your property.

Textured Walls

Textured walls add subtler visual interest than bold colors and metallic paint. Texture can be used in exterior and interior painting projects. It’s important to hire a professional to install texture, as poorly applied texturing can be distracting in a negative way. Poorly applied texture may also not last.

Gradient Effects

A gradient is a painting effect that transitions from one color to another. Gradients can be used to transition from black to white, blue to yellow, or from one neutral to another. The trick to achieving an attractive gradient is making the transition as smooth and seamless as possible. Do you want a gradient for your business? Work with a painting professional with experience.

Color Blocking

Color blocking is the art of painting large blocks of contrasting color on the walls of your building. Color blocking, like adding texture, is a subtle way to add visual interest to your commercial building.

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Kosta Kritikos,


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www.firstnick.com | Kostak@firstnick.comCommercial operations look to painting professionals to provide superior interior and exterior work. Having a knowledgeable commercial painting company who is update on the latest trends and technologies ensures that clients have a pleasing visual appearance to the premises that withstands daily wear-and-tear. Due to the pandemic, recent trends had adapted to new business environments. Understanding the current industry trends allows painting companies and clients to prepare for future projects.


Green Technologies

More people are ware about how their purchasing power impacts the environment. This factor also holds true with commercial business operators, who are transforming their buildings to sustainable and eco-friendly facilities. They are revamping their entire projects to allow them to “go green” including the types of paints that are used on interior and exterior walls. The need for more sustainable painting options will increase. These sustainable products include paints with lower levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are harmful to both the environment and human health. By reducing the amount of the toxic chemical, commercial companies may improve the air quality in their facilities.

Beneficial Paint Additives

Manufacturers have become more aware of the impacts that their industries and products may cause to human health and painting operations. So they are changing the way the paints work by placing in additives that create benefits to commercial painting industries.

These additives may involve faster drying times, reduction of mildew growth, better moisture resistance, and improved paint adherence to surfaces. By modifying the way that paint behaves when applied in commercial settings, these additives may decrease the paint’s off-gassing aspects that could lead to poorer air quality while preventing harmful mold form forming. The additives also decrease the work time spent by commercial painters, allowing them to efficiently complete more projects in a range of environments.


Raw Material and Supply Chain Shortages

The availability of raw materials used to create paint have taken a massive hit. More people worked from home during quarantine, which led to them pursing more DIY projects. Exterior and interior painting projects created enormous customer demand on manufacturers who were left scrambling to fill the uptick in supply orders.

Unfortunately, supply simply could not keep up with demand as sourced raw materials became scarce as many of these materials came from global suppliers who experienced supply chain shortages also created by the pandemic. These shortages may lead to smaller quantities of available commercial paints. Commercial companies may find themselves restricted when trying to offer a variety of paints to their customers.

Price Increases

Paint prices have steadily increased an average of 2.5% every year. With the pandemic, these price increases were experienced global due to raw material shortages, supply chain issues, and the increase in customer demand. These issues may cause commercial painting projects to have higher price tags in the coming years.

Another factor that may also increase paint project costs also deals with the labor shortages. With smaller experienced crews available, commercial painting companies may increase prices as they may have to take on fewer projects or have their painters take on longer hours.