Photo: Rachel Smith

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Go Bright

Bright contrasting colors are young, fresh and exuberant, but can leave your studio feeling a bit like a kindergarten. Dull down the effect with dashes of muddied pastels and plenty of white space. Add layers of visual texture with simple graphic patterns—spots, stripes, chevrons—applied in small splashes.

When it comes to color, you don't always have to rely on wall paint. Almost every element in your studio can have its own hue, whether it's a bright rug or pot of pencils.