What is the best color to paint my craft room to inspire me?

Debi F
by Debi F
I want to paint my craft room with the right color and I'm wondering what the best color is to promote creativity and calm?
  34 answers
  • Becky Becky on Jan 29, 2016
    My house is full of the colors that make me feel comfy, think fall. My playroom is full of the colors that make me happy, like coral, gold, turquoise, orange and purple. This way I get to let loose in there! :)
    • Debi F Debi F on Jan 29, 2016
      @Thank You Becky I love those colors!!!!! Purple, berry and coral are my favorite!!! I think I needed just some push to do it!!!! lol
  • Jean Myles Jean Myles on Jan 29, 2016
    I would think that would be your favorite colour. Maybe just white and add lots of art work, posters. Really what ever makes you happy will have a calming effect and that will let the creative juices flow.
  • Saharah Ellers Saharah Ellers on Jan 29, 2016
    What color do you like? Look at paint swatches. Also it doesn't have to be just a color. You can paint it anything you want. I did a mural type painting on my wall. It was great. It was a wonderful nature scene. I feel so calm and inspired in it, you are a crafty person. Go with your gut!
    • Debi F Debi F on Jan 29, 2016
      @Thank You Saharah Ellers I will be covering one large wall with a mural I had done for my son when he was younger of earth and space! I love the mountains...I may just do that on the wall next!!!! Thank you so much!!!
  • Judy Maranger Judy Maranger on Jan 29, 2016
    I agree with the others… go with your favorite color. However, after saying that, I painted my craft room a very light but warm green. Green is a very soothing, calming color. I have skylights in my craft room and between the color on the walls and the light streaming in, I just love working out there. Good luck with whatever you choose.
    • Debi F Debi F on Jan 29, 2016
      @Thank You Judy Maranger I wished I had skylights!!!! I only have one window...so going with a lighter color would be wiser! I'm so in between colors....lol I can't make my mind up! ha ha....you should see me sewing or crafting! lol
  • Janni Janni on Jan 29, 2016
    I like colors that are *calm* but not exactly going to put you to sleep- like sage- celadon(sp?) seafoam? Aqua? ( These are greens or greens mixing into blue) I did do an home office in a soft lemon yellow and that worked well. An up beat energized feeling but not overdone. I saw someone use ELECTRIC YELLOW- oh boy- it was like someone stuck the sun right inside her little office! Have fun with this and remember, it is just paint. If you are really unhappy with the results you can start over or try planking or wainscoting for a different effect. :-) Good Luck- I am excited for you!
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    • Janni Janni on Jan 30, 2016
      Debi- Actually YOU summed it up! It is *your haven*, so since you will be spending time in it, it should be done your way. ( And I hear you about trending colors. I look at stuff sometimes and question" Will this paint- furniture -etc look dated in so many years?" ) The thing about a craft room is that it is meant to be utilitarian primarily- and whether you make it more than that( your own little sanctuary) is up to you. I see you got slammed with a major make over in the house and that is very stressful; but if you just focus on your own room like you said- that is the room where you call *all* the shots. I am sure once you leave the store with your paint gallons, you will have a sense of accomplishment just getting beyond the purchase hurdle. My craft room is right now, not a craft room :( But only because I had to move a lot of computers into it and computers and craft materials don't mix. ( In the sense of glues, paints, glitters etc.) It is a small room, so I am unsure how I will be able to make room for electronics on one side- crafting on the other. Like you, once I do decide on who to make the most of small space, I can decorate it the way I want. Right now? Hard to envision any kind of haven with desktops and laptops all over the place. And believe me, having it like this causes anxiety. It is not a relaxing or fun room right now. I won't feel better until I do a layout and figure out the best way to organize in such a small,square space. You will feel better once you get the paint. You NEED that space back! I (and I am sure others), are looking forward to seeing how your room looks when it is done. Not to put pressure on you- but I plan to put you on FOLLOW as a reminder to check in and see if you posted any news :-) Have a great weekend and remember, this room of yours should be a fun project about creating a fun room! Janni
  • If you want to be inspired with high energy, then you choose bright colors like the primary colors of red, yellow, green, or even purple. if you are more creative on the writing side, then I would choose more muted colors but ones that make you feel good. It is important to have colors that make you feel inspired. Read about feng shui and you will find out just how important color can be in your life. have fun!
  • Dottie Weirich Dottie Weirich on Jan 29, 2016
    buttery shades of yellow acts on the brain and induces creativity, so says the studies on color and its affects on the brain and emotions, done the studies on how to calm behaviors of inmates and mentally ill in psychology for the Justice Department. FYI they found a very particular shade of pink was the most calming in closed in areas, such as jail cells, some blues induce sleep, to much black or deep browns - depression, reds induce the brain to eat. some bright yellows, oranges and reds induce crying and fear in human adults and babies.
    • Debi F Debi F on Jan 30, 2016
      @Dottie Weirich THANK YOU!!!! I knew there was a study on it! I remember that pink was better for cells but I forgot the rest! But, couldn't find it anywhere or just wasn't looking in the right place!!!!!
  • Becky Becky on Jan 29, 2016
    I'll stand right behind you!:)
    • Debi F Debi F on Jan 30, 2016
      @Becky Thanks!!!!! ha ha....if you want to help,,,,come on over!!!! But seriously, I am going to sleep on it tonight and hope that my dreams will show me my dream craft room!!!! Well, at least a color would do! Debi
  • Judy Maranger Judy Maranger on Jan 29, 2016
    We just made a laundry room out of a small room off of our bedroom, which we've never known what to do with. We've used it as an office, my craft room, a TV room, etc. Finally when we were looking into bringing our laundry room upstairs vs. the basement, our handyman suggested using this room. We jumped at the idea, and it is now in the process. Part of the process is for me to paint a vanity I have in there as well as the cabinet that will hold the washer and dryer. So far I have tried three different colors on the cabinet and have not been happy with any of them. Last night I bought a fourth color and will give that a try tomorrow. So, I know exactly what you're going through. Good luck to both of us—lol.
    • Debi F Debi F on Jan 30, 2016
      @Judy Maranger Ah!!!! You know the struggles! I have to paint 4 bedrooms...one of them is my craft room....and our living room! We are getting floors in all 5 rooms! And I thought picking out the floors were bad! Good luck to you! Make sure you show me the finished project and how NICE to have the laundry room closer and not do stairs!!!!!!
  • Saharah Ellers Saharah Ellers on Jan 30, 2016
    Awesome, I am glad to help. Please send pictures if you can.
    • Debi F Debi F on Jan 30, 2016
      @Saharah Ellers I will!!!!! I am excited to get it started! I feel like a mere shell of a human being not having my escape room....I get overwhelmed with project ideas and not having the outlet is making me just a tad on the grouchy side! lol
  • Arts Be Crafty Arts Be Crafty on Jan 30, 2016
    Paint it your favorite color. The color you find most beautiful.
  • Trudy Trudy on Jan 30, 2016
    Pick a color you look good wearing, whatever makes you feel good will promote positive energy!
  • LaFawne LaFawne on Jan 30, 2016
    I understand your worries. We just painted the entire inside of our house and it was nerve wracking making final choices! I am not a builder white kind of person. I like COLOR! If you like deep colors, then maybe paint only one wall the deep hue, and use a more neutral shade for the rest. Buy several of your fave colors in the small sample sizes and paint a big block on each wall. Then decide!
  • Geri Eller Geri Eller on Jan 30, 2016
    I've heard blue helps you be more creative. I don't know what shade of blue.
  • Keek Keek on Jan 30, 2016
    What is your fantasy vacation destination? Mine is the Italian Tuscany region or the pristine sands, lush palm trees swaying in the breeze and crystal blue-green waters of a tropical paradise. Look through some travel websites or magazines to give you inspiration. Whatever makes you feel good, that should be your starting point.
  • Marilyn Marilyn on Jan 30, 2016
    If you work with color I would go with white. Color on the wall will reflect its color onto your craft and you will not see the true color you are using. Also use full spectrum light bulbs as regular light bulbs will cast a yellow or blue light on your project. Also if you are like me your craft room will be full of stuff and color on the wall adds more visual clutter in your vision. A white wall will not be noticed by the eye.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Jan 30, 2016
    Debi choose what color you love! Some people are motivated by brights, others by calm soft hues. What motivates you?
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Jan 30, 2016
    Use a satin finish paint, will swallow darkness and brighten the light up.
  • I chose a soft, pale blue-green-gray for my craft studio (a "spa blue," if you will). It seems to create just the right balance between calm and creativity for me. I absolutely love it!! Here's a link to it on my blog (a little hard to tell, but hopefully you'll get the idea): http://www.cottagebee.com/craft-studio/ FYI, the color is called Sky Blue, and it's an eco-friendly recycled paint made by The Paint Exchange in Scituate, MA. You can also visit ecobuildingbargains.org, which is where I bought mine from. At $17.99/can (at least a few years ago), it's a real bargain! Good luck! Mary
  • LD LD on Jan 30, 2016
    Bold, bright colors stimulate learning. Here's a link to a website that discusses color in relationship to how it affects you. http://alifeofproductivity.com/angela-wright-interview/#
  • Val Killey Val Killey on Jan 30, 2016
    A nice duck egg. It's kind on the eye
  • Millie Millie on Jan 30, 2016
    My sewing-computer-craft room is a nice yellow with pale cream trim. I love the warmth of the color, and the sunshine comes in the east facing windows to really warm it up. I love it! But do what makes you happy. Remember, it's only paint, and can be redone if it doesn't suit you.
  • Sparkles Sparkles on Jan 30, 2016
    Mine will be a soft butter yellow with hunter green trim. lady bugs and daisys.
  • DORLIS DORLIS on Jan 30, 2016
    your favorite color! Mine is turquoise or aqua accented with copper or other earthy colors. these colors relax me, frees my mind of problems.
  • Wendy Barden Wendy Barden on Jan 30, 2016
    Yellow : }'s
  • Jean DeSavage Jean DeSavage on Jan 30, 2016
    The color combination of blue and green is supposed to be good for creativity. My studio is mint green. Of course there's so much stuff against the walls that you can't see much of it! :>)
  • Kerry Watts Kerry Watts on Jan 30, 2016
  • Sassy Sassy on Jan 30, 2016
    It depends on your craft and how much the wall color will affect it. I quilt so I have white walls so that the colors I use in my quilts isn't tinted visually by the wall colors. A pale, cool color (blues/greens) is more calming then warm colors (reds/oranges/yellows), purples can fall into either warm or cool, depending on how red or blue they are. Using a lighter shade will have less of an impact/influence on the colors you use for your crafting.
  • Dottie Weirich Dottie Weirich on Jan 30, 2016
    Debi, Glad you were happy with my information. I would suggest you obtain a couple SAMPLEs of the shades of yellow you like and test on the wall, one that gets lots of sun light , then at night see what it looks like in artificial light, by doing some hand sewing with it.. I've found since I have a vision impairment that the Ottlite is extremely good to your eyes and the bulbs are very long lasting. if possible, trim in white as it doesn't have an affect on the yellow. They even have a customer service 800 that will either answer your questions then or call you back. They are (or were) in Texas I think San Antonio. Happy crafting sweetie!
  • Cindi Cindi on Jan 31, 2016
    I'd just paint it a color that you like. Blue is soothing, Red is for passion, but I like red, so I have at least accents of red in most rooms, and I hate yellow, so there is nothing yellow anywhere in my house, and don't care for brown, except wood. I have purple and black in my bedroom, and bright turquoise and black in my craft room, against off white walls, I like the color, and when I walk in, and it's clean, it makes me smile, I just love that room. Both bathrooms are red and black, and I like that too, although I did see a study that too much red can make you angry, etc., while blues are calming, so color does effect how you feel. Usually, if you stick with what you like, it will make you happy, and that's what I go by.
  • Lynn Lynn on Jan 31, 2016
    anything soft, pastel-like. personally, i would go with sea glass colors.
  • Jeani Jeani on Feb 05, 2016
    Be sure to check out Valspar's Grass Skirt. Don't let the color name fool you! It is a gorgeous color! Next paint job, I am using this!
  • Judy Maranger Judy Maranger on Feb 10, 2016
    Pictures will follow as soon as the counter tops come in…. everything else is done and I LOVE it. I'm also happy, at last, with the colors. How are your projects coming?