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    Office/Studio wall paint color advice :)

    I am ripping my work space apart, and plan to repaint the walls... any ideas on a good color that wont be distracting or sleep educing?, any preferences you have tried?.

    -side note: I find I get distracted by my surroundings easily if they are overly cluttered, so I am assuming different colors will play in different ways on ones focus in a work environment.

    Of course some people more effected then others.


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    Well, IIRC, purple is a "high energy" color. And I've heard green promotes creativity.
    Although it might be difficult to mix them without having a children's dinosaur vibe.

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    What sort of work are you doing in your office/studio and how long do you spend in there each day? I would be worried about the color affecting how you perceive the colors in your artwork. The only thing I know about color psychology is that they tend to put soothing pastel colors in psychiatric wards and red stimulates your appetite while blue supposedly suppresses it (I painted my kitchen blue, but I don't think it's helping ). Maybe someone else can elaborate, but wouldn't, like, neutral 9 gray be the ideal color for making and viewing artwork, assuming you had your lighting in order, too?

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    Rainbow colour, then you gain all the benefits.

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    Funny you should mention grey as that's so far the strongest leaning I have so far. just trying to figure out what percent, and if it should lean to a cooler or warmer color?.

    I had also read that blues are calming ect.., and reds and yellows are possibly aggregating over time, just actually been reading a few studies on color and enviroment, and find it funny that any kind of scientific study I read conflicts with most of the blogs on color or feng shui i have been reading lol.

    erinc-I ..."TRY"...to spend more then 6-8 hours doing illustration or design work including and followed by my down time and generic time wasting on the internet, that and raising a two year old in that area...so in other words its a life imposed cage.

    What I am noticing is after being at a few artist acquaintances houses and seeing their studios that certain color schemes make me feel stressed and I cant imagine how they can work in that environment..IE: bright orange!. so I know that's an area to avoid..for me.

    I am trying to figure what color or shade works best for an ADD/ADHD type personality lol so far a very greyish blue is sounding best. but getting a lot of ideas from the "show your studio" thread.

    I am really interested in the physiology side of this type of project, and if anyone has had any experience with what they liked and didnt. thats why I am asking on CA.

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    I worked in a college for students with ADD/ADHD etc and the predominant colours were pastel. My office was done in 2 pinks, a pastel baby pink and rose, I'm not a pink person so I thought I would hate it but strangely felt quite calm even though I had a stressful job. The calming colours seemed to help with the students concentration too, but that also might have been the effect of the tutors more than the colours, lol.

    Personally I like earth tones like green and brown. I might try green next, makes me think of the outdoors, at the moment my bedroom/study is an off white and I find it bit boring, but it's definitely not distracting

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    If you are painting traditionally you might consider a warm gray about 20%
    And match it with your lights. You can geek out over this if you want; I know people who take this very seriously and spend days trying to get the ballance of lights and wall color perfect

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    I painted my wall purple:
    Office/Studio wall paint color advice :) - it's actually quite luminous when seen in real life...
    and my desk orange (but based on what you posted that might not be suitable)

    It's not too practical, but the purple is very refreshing. Everywhere else in school I see gray and dull browns in the buildings and uniforms, so stepping in and having that wall full of purple always cheers me up.
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    I painted my studio an eggshell color, and that has worked out really great. The room used to be like the same hue as cadmium orange, and the bounced light from the walls in their at night made accurately judging paint colors at night almost impossible.

    So I would definitely recommend going with a fairly neutral tone as the other posters have suggested.

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    Thanks all for the priceless advice, I went uber light grey. and its been great on the ol noggin as far as not being distracting

    took a while to get it done as once i started i started obsessing (as I do) .. before i knew it i was removing two walls re dry walling and re carpeting...lol,.. ran out of time to put in a skylight other wise it would have been a full rounded over haul.

    since then have been talking with a few others about ambient preferences for concentrating on art. like noisy restaurants or the green outdoors... one thing we noted was the outdoors had close to the the same amount of sound and commotion as a noisy restaurant when you factor in moving leaves and birds n bugs ect.

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    dark purple just made me depressed

    as along as its light tones and not too saturated anything is okay.

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    Traditionally artist's studio walls are grey, you won't be able to see your art correctly if you introduce color on the wall.

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    I printed out all the photos from the "What does everybody look like" thread and stuck them on the wall, so I can keep tabs on everybody. It's endless fun, you can draw hearts around the ones you have crushes on, or scratch the eyes out of the ones you hate, or just sit naked on your swivel chair wearing your favourite lip stick and talk to all your CA friends

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    Non-glossy paint so the light won't bounce off as much. Unless you want the light to bounce off more.
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    I would guess neutrals would be appropriate. especially if you are working traditionally.

    the color of the walls will effect the way that your eye perceives the relative colors of your paintings.

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