When I was first told I could paint my studio any color, I was filled with glee. In every Burlington apartment I’ve lived in, painting the walls was off-limits and the idea of having giant canvases to fill made me happy.
But after skimming the color charts at the local hardware store I realized I should probably do a little research and find out just what other artist’s choose for their studio walls.
Strangely enough, I did not find much on the web in regards to choosing color for your studio walls. If anything, photographers were the most vocal – for obvious reasons. Fabric artist, Lisa Call’s blog follows her studio renovation project. Her recommendations for color? Walls: “Mistaya” from Kwal paint (#CLW1042W) in flat finish. Accent wall is “French Castle” from Behr paint (#770A-3) in flat finish. The trim is “Aspen White” from Kwal in satin finish.
As much as I wanted a dusty purple or crimson walls – practicality prevails. White and grey are the recommended shades for studios. And if you think, “Well that’s boring” try flipping open a white color book at your local hardware store. The shades are myriad and infinite. But I took Lisa’s advice and went for the purest white I could find from Olympic (see also Behr’s “Ultra Pure White”). It is not a decorator’s white – which seems to be more creamy. The less pigment the better. And the finish should be flat so you don’t get light reflecting off the walls and creating shine all around you. Use the shiny finish on the trim.
Grey – again – is not as simple as 50% black and 50% white. There are so many shades from a murky greenish grey to something which should really be called “blue.” But I chose “Smoke Screen” (D56-3) from Olympic in a flat finish so that I also have the option of taking photos of the dolls against one of the walls. Plus the grey is supposed to counteract some of the light that is bouncing off the white.
The greatest thing about this space – if I hate it in a month… I can change it. But this is the wall color experiment for now.