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Thread: Paint Advice for Quilt Room

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    my favorite color choice would be a creamy buttery soft yellow and linen white. Post photos when your room is done - so excited for you to be going through the process of designing your new lady cave

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    My sewing room is in the basement, and yellow is my favorite color. However, I knew I would be working on many different fabrics there, and they would provide ever-changing color. So I painted the room a soft cream or eggshell color, and I am very happy with it. It lets the light that is there reflect back, not be absorbed. It makes the space look bigger. It is a neutral backdrop. Any blocks pinned or taped up look good against it. It is cheery enough and a nice space, despite having only a couple of high basement windows.

    Lighting? Having explored all types, I found the best solution for a basement sewing room is overhead fluorescents with daylight or Ott bulbs; even shop lights are good. I do have a couple incandescent lights at either end. I also have halogen, but don't find those so useful. I have Ott lights for task lighting over machines where needed.

    Speaking of electricity, the next time I design a sewing room, I'm getting hang-down electrical outlets!

    Flooring? I installed industrial linoleum tiles in a light color and have never regretted it. However, I did insulate the floor first. Very important. It is also important to insulate walls and ceiling.

    Think about electricity. I have a dedicated outlet for one steam generator, heater, or iron and the rest of the room shares two circuits.

    Build storage in from the start, and the more, the better. Think vertical but also make it easy to reach. Think of how you work and how you want to retrieve things; that will determine how you should store things. I have deep storage for things I don't need often. I also have fabric storage on 24 inch wide shelves behind sliding doors; very handy. My bookcases have dowels mounted at the top and hold finished quilts. It's easy to move them to get books. My design wall is lightweight and made of rigid insulation; it is easily moved. I have a cedar closet.

    We also put in a bathroom next to the sewing room, and what a godsend!

    Have fun, and post pictures, please.
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    Pale Yellow is mine as well with white trim and furniture. and I have a great deal of natural light!!

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    Lots of yellow quilters but have never had a yellow wall so I painted my quilt room lime green, which is another color I had never used but really do like it.

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    I have a creamy yellow with white woodwork because it makes me happy.

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    I have a lot of natural light in my sewing room and the walls are painted a soft dove grey. I have been so happy with this color since it doesn't compete with any of my fabrics on my design wall and gives my eyes a rest from all the happy fabrics.

    my great room is painted cheery yellow so I have lots of color in other parts of the house.

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    Dh calls this 'papaya' orange. It doubles as a computer room too. I absolutely LOVE this color. I picked it out ~7 years ago when I was in nursing school and had A LOT of homework and needed a large space to spread out all my books. Now that table has my 3' x 6' cutting mat on it (all the time). Go with a color you love, and you'll be golden!
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    Many artists and photographers use pale gray. I'm told it doesn't interfere with color in their project.

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    I wish that I could paint my walls, but we rent our condo.

    Of course the own said we could paint, but we would have
    to paint them back to white if/when we move.

    Of course since we have been living in the same place for
    10 years it's not likely that we will be moving anytime in
    the near (or distant) future.
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    I did mine in all white and put a sewing border all around, 30" from the floor. It's very light and easy on the eyes....just my sewing machine light is enough unless it's a dreary day.

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    Mine is a very pale, soft blue. It's clean and bright without staying with a pure white and you still have the benefit of no "yellow light" reflections and keeping your colors true.
    Roxann

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    White because it's the complete neutral and doesn't clash with any colors. It may be boring to some, but it's a clean palette-and that's very important for working with many colors.

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    When I first did my sewing room, I used a soothing sage color. Loved it for about 10 years and decided it was time for a change. I then painted my sewing room a nice cheery yellow - not too bright, but not pale either. I think you should do whatever makes you the happiest.

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    Even though I love color, when I get my new sewing room this summer I'm probably going to with a pale neutral gray on the walls. It's that or white, because I don't want it making colors look funky-and I don't really want plain white. Then I'll use colorful accents.

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    Im a firm believer in the theory that anything that makes you happy is ok, as long as its legal of course. Paint your room pink with purple polka dots if you want. Make it your space and you will be happy in it.
    Quilt outside of the box!

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    My carpet in my house is grey and the paint shop told me NOT to paint my sewing room yellow. He said it would look horrible. I didn't listen to him. I painted it yellow anyway and LOVE IT! I have sooo much stuff in my sewing room that you don't even see the carpet. I will always keep the sewing room YELLOW! It's so cheerful!
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    My room is a medium lavender. I wanted a really deep color but my husband pointed out that I would be spending a lot of time working with color and that means I would need a bright well lit room. So lavender it is, and I love it.

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    Where I sew is a pale teal green (think Perry the Platypus color, only light). I love it - it is peaceful and easy on the eye. If you have plenty of light, the color won't affect your choices. I have a west-facing window now - it is great for light, but pretty darned warm in the summer!

    Whatever makes you happy is the best color to use.

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    When I first started quilting, some magazine said that yellow was an ideal color for a quilt room. I love yellow so I took their suggestions to the paint store to see it better. Wow, what they said was a good color was almost neon yellow so I said no to that. I did paint it yellow, a much lighter yellow and then painted my room in this house yellow too. I am very happy with it. I would suggest you paint it whatever color you want !!! Decorate it however you want. I have a metal doll house, a baby buggy, pictures of the DGC, all sorts of antique quilting/sewing stuff. Love that messed up full of fabric room.

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    IMHO . . . . I just got mine painted for Christmas. I chose a very light Ice Blue like CarolynMT did. I chose this color to reflect light in the closest as possible true colors without being white. I initially wanted a softer more inviting color, but opted for the cooler blue for truer colors. I then used accessories in bring in some warmer tones. I have been VERY satisfied with this set-up. Then again, I only have one, somewhat small window that only sees sunlight about 2 hours a day in the summer and needed a lot of reflection.
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    My room is a soft peach with white shades and furniture. i have flooring that is a soft light brown to put down. My inspiration was the Moda Sanctuary fabric line which I have made a quilt out of. I also have a bunch of the fabric with which to make chair cushions for the white rocking chair and sewing chair as well as trim the white sheers. Every time I walk in, the color makes me happy.
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    Mine is painted a color called sand. I want any fabric I am working with to not clash with my walls. Of course I tend to make quilts that match the walls if the walls are a color - any color.

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    If I could have painted the basement, I would have gone with a pale, light shade of yellow. Not sun yellow! Like others have said - it's a happy color.

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