The New Art Studio Wall Colors | Choosing paint colors

Art studio wall colors—Putty and Sierra Night from Pratt and Lambert

Art studio wall colors—Putty and Sierra Night from Pratt and Lambert

 

The paint has dried and had a day to mellow out, and I couldn’t be happier with my paint color selections… I have to say it again, I love the colors!

As I moved into the new studio space, I was intrigued by some of the architectural oddities.  One of the big ones is the window pictured above, but I think I’m going to like having a window over my door.  I don’t know that it will serve a big purpose, but I just really like it as a detail of my new studio.

In the above photo, you can see the Pratt and Lambert wall colors, Putty and Sierra Night.  They are set off  against the white of the column that was already painted before  I moved in.  Another thing to note, the painted walls look great against all the different tones of  stained wood in the space.

How do you pick a color?

So how do you pick a paint color for an art studio? You have to think about what is already in the space architecturally, and how the space is going to be used.

  • Neutral is always better.  Are you going to be working from life? Say for a portrait or for a still life?  Your wall colors will have a huge impact on how your set up looks.  You may love having red in every still life now, but it will get old.
  • Go for the warmer. People respond to warmer colors.  We just feel better when surrounded by a warm color.  It can be as simple as  the difference between a stark cold, clinical white, and a warm, antique white.
  • Avoid browns that match the wood work.  If your space has wood work in it, don’t try to match it.  Usually the colors don;t really match all that well and either the walls or the wood end up looking dirty.  Pick a color that complements the wood work instead.
  • How’s the lighting? I’m super lucky.  My space has 2 gigantic sets of windows.  I have more natural light poring in than I need, so my space can handle a little darker color like the Sierra Night.  If your space is a bit darker, choose a color on the lighter and of the paint card.
  • Do I have to paint everything? The short answer, No!  I didn’t.  My space has a crazy network of pipes, conduit, ducts, and wires.  There is no way that I was going to try and paint up around all of that.  If your space has “stuff” in the way, see if you can just stop at a consistent height all the way around the room.  For me, it was 12 feet, for my last studio it was at 8 feet.  Your trying to freshen up and make the space as usable as possible.  Don’t drive yourself nuts by trying to paint around all of the stuff.

4 comments… add one

  • Patty Mowell July 2, 2013, 6:19 am

    Hi Jeffrey. I’ve been struggling with what color to paint my art studio. I really like the putty color you used! Is it still working for you with your artwork up?

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    • Jeffrey Smith July 2, 2013, 7:00 pm

      I still really like the wall color! It’s amazing how putting artwork on a wall can change how it looks. The value of Pratt and Lambert Putty is in the mid-range. Sometimes it looks light, sometimes dark. Also, it’s neither too warm or too cool.

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  • Patty Mowell July 2, 2013, 6:21 am

    Your paintings are beautiful too!

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