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03-23-2013 11:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question workshop colors decor

Well..I’m refurbishing the walls of my woodworking studio/workshop, soon to be re-painted drywall with MDF beadboard on the lower walls, up to 42” high and a chair rail.
I need to ask….What colors should I paint everything? As far as I know, this topic has never been discussed here before.
I mean, are there colors that promote productivity, ones that somehow give you a psychological lift, colors that simply impress people, or what?
If you’ve had a good experience with re-coloring, please share it! I’m looking at some color chips now, and I can’t see an advantage of one over another. I will also be re-coloring the floor, a battleship grey if the cans I have are still good. Thx!

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#1 posted 03-24-2013 12:00 AM

Yellow and green are supposed to be “calming” colors, but whatever you do, make it as LIGHT a shade as possible. Even white or off-white. It’ll make the whole place lighter

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#2 posted 03-24-2013 12:00 AM

it was covered not long go but I can’t find it either. Almost everybody said white. Mine are poly’d ply.

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#3 posted 03-24-2013 12:01 AM

White my Friend, White… the brighter the better!
Mine is brick and granite walls, the light just gets lost…

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#4 posted 03-24-2013 12:05 AM

Mine are raw concrete gray, with a little Owens Corning pink… ;^)

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#5 posted 03-24-2013 12:07 AM

gloss white walls and ceiling and raw plywood floor

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#6 posted 03-24-2013 12:08 AM

Thanks, guys! Joe: I’m trying to get away from the yellow wallpaper that was everywhere from the previous occupier. A solid yellow might work, but it might make me crave a Subway BMT…. Don: White would surely lower my light bill! I must have been on vacation when that thread was active… Mike: I had a shop with granite/brick, with a ledge full of asbestos dust around the perimeter. Most of the time it bothered me enough to wear a mask continuously. How are things going in Concord? I miss the place, I spent a few years in Suncook/Allenstown. Barry: Hmmm, pink and grey, very retro!! Good idea! Jim: is there an advantage to gloss white, as opposed to eggshell or satin, for example?

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#7 posted 03-24-2013 12:34 AM

My shop has white walls, white ceiling and a grey floor. The light just bounces around the room.

I think the gloss will reflect more light, plus it doesn’t hold onto the dust as well. That is just a thought and YMMV.

I also believe color selection could effect how finishes look, but that could also have to do with the color spectrum of your light bulbs.

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#8 posted 03-24-2013 12:42 AM

My shop has OSB colored walls…

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#9 posted 03-24-2013 12:48 AM

I also have grey concrete, the earlier article talked about us at 60 needing twice the light of the 40 year olds. My next big shop project is to paint the ceiling and walls white. I already have enough lights to operate by, but all of the light gets sucked up in the grey walls. As for the colors, I am not sure, but being able to see, would make me happy.

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#10 posted 03-24-2013 01:26 AM

OSB with primer/sealer and 2 coats of glossy white enamel.

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#11 posted 03-24-2013 01:31 AM

White walls and a grey painted floor resembling a Jackson Pollock. The white really does brighten the place up and makes it look bigger too.

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#12 posted 03-24-2013 02:01 AM

Walls and ceiling are Navajo white, with color correct flurescense (?) bulbs. Just like daylight in there !

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#13 posted 03-24-2013 02:14 AM

In work areas, things like paint color are important. The color of the ceiling and, to some degree, the walls directly affects the perceived color and amount of light on your work. White offers the best and truest light you’ll get. However, gloss paints on wall make hard reflections from lights and shiny surfaces. A flat white, while boring, is really the best paint for your eyes and for doing good quality work. If you want a bit of color, pin up a poster of a pretty girl.

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#14 posted 03-24-2013 02:16 AM

Cement floor and raw wood all other surfaces

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#15 posted 03-24-2013 02:23 AM

plain white drywall upper and unfinished birch wood lower.

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