I just painted mine a light orange, maybe a peach color. I painted one accent wall the same value but a little darker. It looks great and makes the room very light. My room is in a downstairs basement with 3 high windows.
Any pale color will brighten the room. I prefer a cool tint in my quilting area, keeps me from feeling hot and closed in. A barely there green or blue is my preference as yellow and anything with red in it makes me feel HOT! since I have the occasional hot flash I do all I can to stay cool without messing with the AC.
A ceiling fan i a lifesaver as well if you don't have one, get one! or at least something to circulate the air when you have to close the door so the noise of your sewing machine doesn't disturb the rest of the household.
Denise (denilyn): I have tried a sample yellow color hoping it would brighten it a bit more but I don't like it
Some yellows can be pretty deep. My first thought was a pale sunny yellow, but Flojo is right, any pale pastel should work especially if you keep the ceiling and all wood trim white. Instead of recessed lights, you could consider 4 ft banks of florescents.
We're going to want to see pictures of your room when it's finished, Denise!
On the banks of the Mississippi River in north central Minnesota (Brainerd lakes area)
I Painted my room a light mint green. The sewing table and machine are white. The window has natural wood that is stained what DH calls "Gunstock" (it's a med brown on the orange side, but not too much, and I have mint green curtains which I leave open almost all the time. I live in the woods so there is no one to look in the windows. The only reason I put curtains up was to keep the sun off the fabric! LOL A pale blue would also work well too, it is a very relaxing color. Actually any pale color would work well.
Let us know what you choose.
In the Piney Woods of Deep East Texas
In The Piney Woods of Deep East Texas
Denise (denilyn):I am getting a room..extra bedroom that I am making a sewing room. I am putting recessed lighting as I only have one very small window in that room. Any good ideas on what color I should paint to keep the room as bright as possible besides white of course? Thanks so much.
What is your favorite color? I paint for a living and often help my customers with colors that will be pleasing to them and not be garrish. Yellows for people are particularly difficult in choosing. What looks good on a chip can often wreak havoc on the mind on a big wall. Sherwin Williams has a kind of Paint my room interactive that you can upload your room and test colors. It's fun.
I don't have a lot of light in my room, but wanted a barn red. That's my Happy color. Fall leaves, fresh apples, pumpkins, squash color, eggplant and greens. I love it! It gives me energy, although I've had to add extra light. I guess why I am relating this is that my theory is..... if you think about a theme or colors that make you happiest you can make anything work in your room.
You could also pick a fabric , or window treatments, or even a painting that you love and pull a color from that. Paint stores will custom match colors for you from these things if you can't find it in a chip.
Congrat's on your new room!
My favorite color is red but i decided to paint our room Sunshine Yellow (True Value) with red accents. The room gives me energy and I've thought how wonderful it would be for my sewing room. The yellow had an added bonus of being very dark when the lights are out.
aka Grandma Sunshine
I did my kitchen in earth tones of dark green on the cabinets with wood doors and light green on the wall's. I know this is for your sewing room, but I find the colors are relaxing. By the way, my kitchen table is off of my kitchen which is where I sew. My home is small and that is the place that works best for me.
Come up with a pastel that makes you feel happy. You not only want light in the room you want a color that makes you feel calm and happy while you are in the room.
Denise, google "red painted rooms, images" There are a lot of ideas there, many which use red with other colors. I might give you some ideas.
You should have let me know you were in the area. We could have met for coffee or something. If you come back this way let me know.... I would love to meet you.