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Old 08-29-2014, 07:19 AM
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Hi all, I am in the process of setting up my sewing room, and it's currently a builder beige. I was thinking of painting it a sage-ish grey green, but have been having second thoughts. I started worrying that it might give off a green tint in my sewing room, somewhat altering how my fabric colours looked. Am I being overly paranoid and over thinking this, or is it valid? I went with a plain cream colour rug because I was having the same paranoia of putting my blocks down on the floor (I don't have a design wall, and I'm too short even if I did) and having the different colours or patterns of a rug alter how I see the quilt. I hope this makes sense. Any advice?
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:32 AM
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I painted a bedroom that color, and yes, it does seem to give a green tint to the light in the room. I painted my sewing room a light cream color, and it seems to work fine. I hate the new light bulbs. I can't seem to find one that is good for the sewing room.
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Do you have a good natural light? I would be partial to a very pale yellow. I love this color and if you have good light it will be bright and cheery. I think whatever color you choose, I would go with a very light color. Good luck.
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I totally agree. ANd if you don't have much or no natural light, I would paint it as close as possible to a light sunny color. The palest yellow or buttery cream.
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Do you have a good natural light? I would be partial to a very pale yellow. I love this color and if you have good light it will be bright and cheery. I think whatever color you choose, I would go with a very light color. Good luck.
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I think you could get away with the sage green if your design wall was white or light cream, and you had either good natural light facing that wall, or if you had good daylight bulbs in use.

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I hate the new light bulbs. I can't seem to find one that is good for the sewing room.
When you purchase daylight bulbs, check the label. It should include info such as wattage and something called "color temperature". The best color temperature (for our purposes) is 5000K. I have two that I've aimed on my design wall, they're 30W and 5000K. They're the closest thing to natural daylight. So far I've only been able to find them in home improvement stores.

Now when I say "our purposes", I mean making sure the fabric colors read true. I love these bulbs for office work and sewing with fabric, but I would not like them for relaxing, reading a book, watching tv, visiting with friends. The light is too bright and white.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:03 AM
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I understand where you're coming from.

The walls in my sewing room are painted a light cream color to reflect light rather than absorb it like a dark color would. The furniture and sewing machine cabinet are white. Having a neutral backdrop like that provides calm and allows me to focus and concentrate on the fabrics I'm using without competition from a second color or pattern.

Color corrected lighting also helps a lot.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:10 AM
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Thanks all for the quick replies. It sounds like it's not JUST me. I really do like the idea of having some colour in there, but maybe a better approach is to add a chair rail and paint below the colour I'd like and then above a creamy or pale colour? Or the opposite, light below and colour on top since my "design wall" is my floor? Any experience with either of these? Would that possibly tone it down, or have no effect whatsoever? Oh, and my furniture in there now is white, or eggshell colour.
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I am in a apt so my walls are white and I am stuck with that!! I am lucky to have great natural light from Mother earth !!
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:12 AM
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Oh, and for the lighting, its a large eastern facing bay window. There are some shrubs and crepe myrtles landscaping in front of that. I would say it does get decent light, but not the best. I use an Ott light next to my sewing machine.
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I painted my sewing room a sage green, about 3 months ago, and I love it!! The woodwork and curtains ( sheer) are all white, and I have lots of natural light. I have never noticed a greenish tint.
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