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Date: 1/22/13 8:27 AM

my son leaves for the Air Force in a few weeks...my older daughter moved back home ( and into her old bedroom which had become my sewing room when she went away to college)... younger daughter is away at college....

Ive decided to move the girls room upstairs into my son's room. and reclaim (once again and hopefully finally) my sewing space....
its currently a salmon color.... Im supposing I need something more neutral as it wont affect how I view the colors of various fabrics..

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Date: 1/22/13 1:56 PM

I'm going out on a limb and say that your lighting will affect how you see colors much more than your wall color. So I'll say paint it a color you love, and get really good lighting. Colors will change under daylight/floresent/incandesant/LED, so after the projects are done and out in the world, they might not look as they do in your sewing room anyway.

(says I who has been known to be wearing 1 black sock and 1 navy sock. They both looked black by incandesant room light!)

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Date: 1/22/13 2:20 PM

Well my hubby will only paint white so I accessorize in colors. I really like the look of one dark wall and the others light.

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Date: 1/22/13 2:31 PM

Paint the walls a light yellow. Martha Stewart has a wonderful color that looks like yellow cake batter. That with white molding looks great.

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Date: 1/22/13 3:35 PM

You know, white or a very neutral gray might be a good idea. I have found that in my rooms that have color on the walls (specifically, my daughter's pink bedroom) that other items in the room take on a cast of the walls from reflected light, e.g. even a shirt that I know is white looks pinkish. It could really cause some problems if you were trying to do color matching. I have walls that are Behr "Manhattan Mist" in my sewing room, and if I had the time I probably would repaint them a lighter shade for more reflected light. HTH.

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Date: 1/22/13 5:18 PM

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I'm supposing I need something more neutral as it won't affect how I view the colors of various fabrics.

How much natural light do you have? If you have nice big windows and get lots of daylight, this won't be as much of an issue as in a smaller room mostly lit by artificial light. If you look in the Sewing Spaces photos thread (page 52), Viviette just posted pix of her room with two lavender walls--it's gorgeous, and she clearly gets plenty of sunshine so the purple doesn't put a cast over everything else. :)

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Date: 1/22/13 5:29 PM

I love Benjamin Moore's Antique White. It is a soft butter yellow. I have it in 3 rooms in my house--so easy to live with. The lighting is different in each room but it's always a pleasure for me to look at.

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Date: 1/22/13 5:35 PM


Picking a paint color is true torture.. right up there with weddings in my book..

At least now they do have sample jars.. I would make use of them if you can Mom.

I pretty much just paint white when undecided.. then if I do find a color later.. I have a clean palette/base to paint over with no other color bleedthru..

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Date: 1/22/13 9:16 PM

I've got to have bright light in my spaces so I like light colors or tints. What is your favorite color - go with a tint - it will reflect the natural light better.


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Date: 1/22/13 9:40 PM

I'm very happy with the Saffron Ivory I have in the studio. It is a pale soft yellow, maybe closer to a buttery cream. It feels sunlight-like and I find no color distortion or other annoying attributes. And I hate yellow as a color for anything and everything else....

A previous pale gray room always felt cold and unwelcoming, especially when sewing at night, my usual time.

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