When Studio White Just Doesn’t Feel Right: How to Choose a Paint Color to Complement Your Art

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Artwork is an important part of a home’s décor scheme – and it should be treated as such. When you are planning where to display your newest piece and how to highlight it, consider the color of the wall on which you plan to hang it.

Typically, gallery owners and commercial spaces will defer to a stark white wall so that no detail is missed in the art that hangs on it. In a home, however, walls that are extremely bright white can be too intense. Choosing what color to use instead will depend entirely on your art selection. That’s why we asked the experts over at Paintzen to share are a few tips on making that choice a little more seamless.

Let Your Art Inspire

Make your piece the center of the room. Use it to inspire your choices in accents, décor, and paint. Specifically, choose a hue within the piece that you want to use as your primary color. A good tip is to choose a color that is present in more than 20% of the piece, this way it will not overwhelm the room.


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Working with Neutrals

There is no harm in sticking to neutrals, but you’ll first want to determine whether the room in which you are hanging your art has more of a “warm” or a “cool” feeling to it. Warm colors, like orange, red and yellow, are meant to channel sunlight and heat while cool colors, like blue, purple and green, help to expand a room due to their association with water and the sky.

Once you’ve determined this, you are one step closer to your ideal wall color. The key is to keep the wall color at the same level of saturation. If your art has a “warm” vibe, consider neutrals with red or yellow undertones, like beiges and sands, or anything on that side of the spectrum. On the other hand, pieces of artwork with cool colors look great on walls with gray, blue and green undertones.


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Keeping up with Color Theory

A safe bet when choosing the backdrop for your art is to keep it within the same color family. Thinking monochromatically can help promote cohesion and flow in the room. For example, if there are hints of plum in your artwork that you’d like to focus on, consider a very subtle purple tint on the walls. It will help the room feel connected.

Alternatively, using a color’s complement can make your artwork pop. Complementary colors sit across from one another on the color wheel, and when used together, help to bring out the shade of the other. For example, a soft orangey-beige hue on walls can help accentuate blue in a piece of art, thanks to blue and orange’s complementary status.

Overall, the most important thing to remember is that wall paint, like much of the art we see in galleries and in homes, is subjective and personal. There is no right or wrong color shade when it comes to expertly displaying your art. So when it comes down to your final decision, choose the shade you feel is the best fit. Happy hanging!

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