Some time ago I shared my paint choice and reasoning for the walls of my studio. Then I was mis informed that Dulux no longer mix the Ice Storm series of paint colours. Well this is not entirely true but it definitely helps the mixing person if you give them a colour code because if they enter a space between the word Storm and 2 their computer returns a ‘no such colour’ error.
Better still is the fact that at Dulux Trade Centres (now called Dulux Decorator Centres in some places) there is a paint base available called Flat Matt. It has no vinyl and the finish is similar to the now very popular Farrow and Ball paint texture. Slightly powdery/ chalky but ever so matt. No sheen or hot spots at all. This is not a wipe down paint like vinyl matt emulsion and as it is porous it allows the walls to breathe. This is useful if like me your studio is in a converted 17th century barn with slightly damp stone walls 1m thick. Previously I was using Super Matt emulsion (also exclusive to trade centres) with a very low vinyl content. In retail stores you get a choice of Vinyl Matt or Eggshell emulsion.
A word of caution – if you cover your complete studio in Ice Storm2 paint it will look like a cave. The longer the studio the lighter you can go with the walls and still get a good black on an unlit background. Grey Steel 3 is on the card for some reason hence needing the codes but Grey Steel 3 is perfect for studios with about 15m of length. With the correct shade of grey you can light it to make a white background or not light it and get black. Check out this post that I wrote when I launched my Studio Gel Collection to see why I consider this to be an important aspect of lighting control.
Way back in 2009 I wrote a useful post about grey paint for studio walls here.
My other walls have various finishes including a paint called Peppermint Beach5 ~ code 30GG 75/111 It sounds and looks exciting. By the way, I’d love to be a paint namer so if you know of any vacancies in that specialisation please do let me know. I loved the paint name Russian Velvet so much I bought www.russianvelvet.com I might create a vodka based coctail and launch it as Russian Velvet when I retire.
Please don’t ask me about other makes of paint or paint in other countries. I don’t have a clue. Every trade supplier will have a range of neutral paints because architects and designers regularly specify neutrals for buildings and interiors.
I hope you found this useful. Have you found a paint colour for your studio that you love? Share it in the comments section below.