Whether you’re moving into a new home or just want to mix up your space a bit, creating a beautiful and cohesive interior design can be challenging. You may feel like you need to be an expert at coordinating paint color palettes to make sure you’re using the best wall color for your artwork or black and white photos. Yet when it comes to the right wall color for hanging art, there’s no need to cover your furniture and get out the blue tape.
Instead of stressing over the “perfect” color for your walls, you can create a beautiful living space by choosing artwork that matches the color you’ve already got! All you have to do is follow a few of the basic design principles we’ve outlined in this step-by-step guide to matching paintings and wall color. Now break out the ol’ color wheel — we’ve got some decisions to make!
1. Look at the Big Picture
Before you hang any art on your walls, it’s a good idea to consider the overall direction of your design. How do you want the space to look and feel when you finish?
Are you aiming for a cozy, peaceful vibe? Something more functional, bright, and clean? Or maybe you’ve got a flair for the dramatic, and you want a space that’s elegant and striking?
Whichever direction you choose will help you determine the appropriate color palette to match your artwork and wall color. For example, a tranquil space might call for darker, cooler colors like blues, greens, and purples. A more bright and minimalistic design could use a mix of neutrals and lighter, softer tones. And if you want a bit of drama? Go for bolder, warmer colors like red or magenta.
2. Identify the Color and Undertone of Your Wall Paint
The color of your walls may seem obvious to you, but look a little closer. Unless your wall paint is pure white, there are likely some undertones present that will affect your overall color scheme. In fact, all paint colors have undertones — even neutral colors like whites, grays, and beiges. The trouble is that these “hidden” colors are hard to see without comparing your wall paint to another color.
That’s why it helps to have a paint color fan deck around for comparisons. If your wall paint is cream, eggshell, ivory, or any other kind of neutral white, use the purest white on the fan deck to spot the undertones in your wall color. Similarly, compare your wall to different types of beige, gray, blue (or whatever color your wall happens to be) to get an idea of the subtle undertones affecting the primary color.
If you don’t have a paint fan deck lying around, don’t sweat it. The fantastic thing about neutral wall colors is that they look great with just about any decor. Still, if you’re determined to figure out the undertone in your wall paint, keep this info in mind: most “white” walls tend to have undertones of pink, yellow, or blue. Beige walls usually have undertones of yellow, green, or pink. Gray paint typically has blue, green, or purple in it.
Coordinating the color palette of your artwork with your wall’s undertone will ensure nothing seems inexplicably “off” when everything comes together.
3. Decide on a Color Scheme
Here’s where some neat design principles come into play — and where you’ll need to break out your color wheel. You have a few options when it comes to the kind of color scheme that will tie your space together: analogous, complementary, or monochromatic. Let’s break down what each of these means.
Analogous colors are ones that are next to each other on the color wheel. Using shades of a similar hue will create a more relaxing and balanced look between your wall color and hanging art. Try to pick one dominant color and use the other two or three as accents.
If you have a neutral wall color, use the wall’s undertone as the place to start for your analogous color scheme. For example, if the undertone of your wall color is a light blue, your accent colors might be a navy blue and soft green.
Are you looking to make more of a statement with your art? Then a complementary color scheme is the one for you. Complementary colors appear opposite of each other on the color wheel, like orange and blue or purple and green. Combining complementary colors creates a bold contrast and adds excitement to the room.
Again, if your wall color is neutral, use the undertone to figure out the right complementary color to use. If your wall is already a distinct color, simply find its opposite on the color wheel!
Become one with your color scheme — literally. A monochromatic design brings a uniform, harmonious look to your space by making use of just one color in different shades.
Take your wall’s color (or undertone) and pick a few different shades, tones, or tints of the same color to feature in your artwork.
4. Choose Your Decor
While we’re a fan of the classics, there’s no need to get stuck trying to find Picassos and Monets for your decor. Try to find paintings you love that match your color scheme, no matter what’s on the canvas! You certainly can’t go wrong with an adorable portrait of your favorite furry friend. Keep in mind that not every color on a painting has to fit your color design perfectly — it’s the dominant color that matters most.
Want to mix things up with your decor? Black and white photography is a great way to add some class to your living space. When it comes to the best wall color for black and white photos, contrast is essential. A darker neutral wall color, like a deep gray or charcoal, will help the white in the photos stand out and complement the black. On the other hand, a boldly colored wall (like crimson, turquoise, or magenta) would also provide a nice contrast to the monochromatic black and white photos.
Looking for even more alternatives? There are a million ways to get creative with hanging art that isn’t a painting or photo. This list should give you some ideas:
Vertical gardens and hanging plants
Electronic photo galleries
Tapestries or other woven textiles
Old, vintage signs
5. Make Your Own Matching Artwork
We love good artwork AND artwork made in good fun. That’s why sometimes the best thing to do is skip the galleries and make your own art! There’s no reason to stress about finding the perfect matching artwork when you can create your own during a Painting with a Twist Open Studio event.
At our Open Studio events, you get to choose a piece of artwork you love with the colors you want. Then, add your special touch during the event and voila! You’ve just created a colorful memory to tie any room together.
Ultimately, whether you’re collecting pieces or creating your own, decorating your home is about creating a space you love. Color schemes and decor create cohesion, but don’t get stressed out if you’re having a hard time. Go with art you’re attracted to, even if it doesn’t perfectly match the vase on your side table or the color on your wall. Now let’s grab that color wheel and have some fun!
Create a Colorful Memory to Hang On Your Wall
Can’t quite find artwork that matches the paint color on your walls? You might as well make it! Whether it’s one of our rustic wood painting events or a Paint Your Pet event, we’ll help you unleash your full creative energy so you can make the perfect art piece for any room in your home.
It’s been one hundred years since the roaring twenties. Gone are the days of speakeasies, motorcars, and all night Jazz clubs. Charlie Chaplin is no longer the king of comedy, movies have sound, and the internet controls practically everything about our daily lives! And though we’ve come a long way since 1920, we could see some 100-year old trends make a comeback! Here are four trends to get excited about in 2020.
The iconic, influential style of the 1920’s decade still impacts some of our fashion choices today. Flappers, known for chic, bobbed haircuts, headbands, pearls, and drop-waist sleeveless dresses, set the look and tone of that decade. And though the term “flapper” is out of style, their fashion choices could make a comeback!
For the ladies, capture that flapper look by sporting a headband – make it beaded or feathered for extra flair – and a scarf – think big with a feather fan! Try loose, flowing dresses that you wouldn’t mind dancing the Charleston in! Sleeveless dresses with drop-waist beading, knee-length hemlines, layered fringe, or soft draping are ideal. Combine it with Mary-Jane or T-Strap heels, a bold lipstick color, and your chunkiest gold, silver, black, or green drop jewelry, and you’re ready for your girls’ night out!
And let’s not forget about 1920s men’s fashion! For your daytime attire, don a button vest, suspenders, and a pocket square. Complete the look with a newspaper cap or linen hat, and add a cane for extra gusto. For nighttime, go with a black, three-piece suit. Add a bowtie, cufflinks, and a large-face pocket watch to complete the look, and you’re ready for the roaring 2020s!
Party Games & Group Activities
Party and parlor games gained traction during the 1920s. Popular games like poker, dominos, and Yahtzee gave people reason to socialize. And while Psychology Today reports that we’ve adopted more solitary behaviors in recent years, we could see this changing in the new decade! As more attention is given to combating loneliness, 1920s-inspired social activities could start to gain traction again.
Culture & Nightlife
Speakeasies were born out of necessity to avoid prohibition laws. And while those laws are long gone, the speakeasy culture remains! Fancy cocktails, savvy mixologists, and even hidden bars could likely be a focal point for 2020 socialites.
Don’t feel like searching for hidden bars in your city? Gather your friends and serve up your own classic cocktails at a private Painting with a Twist party. Put on your fanciest garb, blast some jazz, and create a 1920s-inspired painting!
Dancing was all the rage in the 1920s, especially dances that really made you move! And even though some of these choreographed steps are a little dated compared to today’s modern dance trends, the focus on stylized dances could make a big comeback! Look for a 2020 dance craze resurgence on social media platforms like Tik-Tok and Instagram, where videos of people dancing to popular songs can trend rather quickly.
Gatsby-Inspired Parties at Painting with a Twist
Are you ready to get into the spirit of the 20s? Well, there’s no need to bootleg to have a Gatsby-inspired prohibition-era party. Just phone your pals, plan your outfits, and prepare those prohibition-era cocktails for a night of jazz, dancing, and fun at a Painting with a Twist near you!
What makes the best gift? Is it the most expensive one? The one that takes the most effort to find? Well, we think the best holiday gift is one that comes from the heart and speaks to the special relationship you share with the recipient. If you’re looking for that kind of gift, a one-of-a-kind wood board painting can be a perfect idea. Whether you want to paint a unique wood board for a loved one or give them a gift card to make a DIY wood board themselves, read on to learn more about one of the best holiday gifts you can give.
Why Is a Wood Board Painting the Best Holiday Gift?
Sure, you could head to the mall and shop for something to give a friend or loved one. But, do you really want to face those holiday shopping crowds only to leave with a gift that everyone else is buying, too? At Painting with a Twist, you won’t find just any old gift—you’ll create something unique!
A wood board painting is fully customizable. A Painting with a Twist artist can guide you through the steps to create a piece of art you’ll be proud of, but remember: YOU’RE the one holding the brush! If you want to add a unique detail that your gift recipient will appreciate, you can! Let your creativity run wild.
Farmhouse chic is so in right now! Your wood board painting’s simple but rustic style will serve as a stylish reminder of how much you care about them. The gift recipient will think of your thoughtfulness every time they walk into their kitchen (or wherever they hang your masterpiece).
Memories together are always the best holiday gifts! When you give a Painting with a Twist gift card as a holiday gift, you’re giving your loved one so much more than an item you bought. You’re giving them the gift of quality time! Plus, you can come in together to create wood board signs and memories. You can even swap paintings at the end!
You and yours can make the experience your own. At Painting with a Twist, we want to channel your creativity. That’s why we let you choose if you want to paint on canvas or wood board. If you give a loved one the gift of a paint party, you can each paint on whatever material you like the most—and still enjoy the experience sitting side by side. You won’t find any of that on a store shelf!
Find DIY Wood Signs and Wood Cutouts to Paint for Holiday Gifts
“You better not pout, I’m telling you why…” Don’t let holiday gift shopping get you down. Painting with a Twist is here to help you give the best holiday gift imaginable. Give the gift of laughter and memories with a paint party gift card for your loved one, or paint them a DIY sign they can admire for years to come. Reserve a seat at a painting studio near you today!
Bring on the pumpkin spiced EVERYTHING, Fall has arrived! We’re super excited at Painting with a Twist because Fall brings new products, new art and new experiences for our Twisters out there. We’ve put together a list of five things you don’t want to miss this Fall season in studio! Check them out below!
5 Ways to Get Fall Festive:
Wood Boards for Fall
Can you smell the pine from there?! We recently launched our brand new real pine plank wood boards in studios across the country. They’re sure to be a Fall favorite! We have a ton of new Fall and Holiday art that looks amazing on these plank wood boards, giving your space a little rustic charm. And guess what, they can be used for more than just hanging on your wall! Add hardware (handles) to make a decorative tray, add hooks for a key holder or add it as a new texture to your photo gallery wall! The options are endless!
Pick Your Own Product
We’ve officially solved the issue of your friend wanting to paint on canvas and you wanting to paint on wood board. Now, you can each choose the surface you want, but still paint the same art in the same event! Grab your besties and plan a girls’ night stat!
Rebeca Flott Arts Screen Art
Screen art SCREAMS Fall! Screen art uses a screen, wooden frame, paint and texture to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece! The product was popularized by Rebeca Flott and lucky for us, Rebeca is a Painting with a Twist franchisee! Rebeca Flott grew up painting anything she could get her hands on. Her creative spirit lef her to where she is today: Making extraordinary art with ordinary materials! Grab a palette knife and a bottle of wine and paint your own Rebeca Flott Arts screen art piece!
Trivia Night for the WIN
If you haven’t tried one of our trivia nights yet, you are missing out! Trivia nights are hugely popular in our studios. You get to paint and drink wine with friends (as usual in our studios) but there’s a BONUS: play trivia too! Ready for a little friendly competition? Whether you choose a Paper Company themed event, 90’s Coffeehouse, Wizard or 3 Witches Trivia, you’ll have the BEST time. Get your thinking cap on and join us for an upcoming trivia night near you!
Holiday Parties are Upon Us!
Want to be the hostess with the mostest this holiday season? Ask us about our private holiday parties! The same awesome experience with wine, paint and friends (or co-workers) but YOU get to pick the painting! It’s never too early to start planning. Request a holiday party with us now!
So there you have it. We’ve given you PLENTY of reasons to join us in-studio this Fall. So grab your spiked apple cider, your best girls and schedule a night out with us!
Feeling like you are entering your blue period? Or maybe pop art is more your taste? Painting with a Twist doesn’t just DO a Paint Your Pet class… we do Paint Your Pet classes with style.
Painting with a Twist offers, “Paint your Pet” classes in a variety of styles including Pop Art, Monochromatic, and Rainbow. Available canvas sizes are 16″ x 20″ or 12″ x 12″. If you are looking for a particular color scheme to match your décor, we’ve got you covered! You can pick the colors you would like to incorporate into your painting.
How our Paint Your Pet classes work.
Visit your local studio’s website and pick your class.
Email a picture of your favorite furry (or feathery) friend to the studio.
Paint, Sip, and have a great time!
Whether you go solo or with friends, you will have a great time. You will also walk away with a really cool painting of your beloved pet that you can hang on your wall.
Do you have a friend who just loves their pet? This is a fantastic gift idea! Paint their pet for them, and you’ll give them something personal that they are sure to love.
The holiday season is around the corner and it’s time to hang up the holiday decor! Some people start decorating the moment Halloween ends and others wait until the dishes from Thanksgiving dinner are cleaned and put back in the cupboard. Whichever type of person you may be, it’s never too early to start creating new memories and new holiday decor! Painting with a Twist studios are offering classes where you come to relax, laugh, sip, and paint a beautiful new addition to your holiday decor. Already have too many decorations waiting to be hung? Painting a loved one a festive door hanger or vibrant set of wine glasses could be the sentimental gift idea you’ve been searching for.
Thanksgiving Place Cards Set
Make your Thanksgiving table the talk of the town by painting personalized place setting canvases on mini easels. Seasonal sets are tiny but pack a serious wow factor. They can be painted any color to match any place setting. Think of all the possibilities! Your guests will be in awe at your creativity and thoughtfulness. Click here to paint your own Thanksgiving Place Cards.
Neon Christmas Ornaments Set
The seasonal sets have another meaningful purpose, too: Tree Ornaments! Add a memory to your tree this year with a brightly colored set of ornaments, handpainted by YOU! Loop a strand of ribbon around these darling canvases, and voila: An ornament! You can even tie them to the bows on your presents to add a sentimental touch to your holiday gift giving. Click here to paint a set of Christmas Ornaments.
Decorative Wine Glasses
Introducing… hand painted wine glasses! Ooh, la la! These decorative beauties will help you level up your holiday decor from November all the way into the New Year. Click here to paint a set of Boho Feather Wine Glasses, perfect to spice up any Thanksgiving decor. Looking for a Christmas design? Find your local studio to browse their calendar for more seasonally themed decorative wine glasses.
Holiday Door Hangers
Show off your holiday spirit by dressing up your door in holiday decor! Trade in the standard wreath for a more creative option: A pallet style wooden cutout. Bring joy to your neighbors every time they pass by. Click here to paint your own Joy Wreath Pallet Door Hanger.
Holiday Wall Art
Inside holiday decor is just as important as outside holiday decor. Fill your rooms to the brim with festive cheer and artwork! Tis the season to remind yourself to feel grateful and jolly, right? Hang up your artwork from Painting with a Twist for a personalized look. Click here to paint Shake Your Flakes 2 at your local studio.
It’s fall! Time for changing of the leaves and routines. Are you looking for different DIYs to bring some of that autumn spirit into your home, but don’t have the time to look for any inspirational ideas? We have got you covered!
There’s no doubt you are focusing on getting reacclimated to schedules filled with school schedules, homework, and after-school games. It’s completely understandable if the time left to think about bringing warm colors of fall into your home has been given to coordinating time slots between soccer and football practices.
There are so many different ways to incorporate the season changes into your home, we thought it might be nice to give you some festive DIY ideas to help you create a cozy, organized decor for fall.
Which idea are you most excited to try? Each one is so much fun. Please post pictures of your projects below. We’re dying to see how your’s turn out.
1. Chalk painted Wooden Cutout Jar To Do List
Turn list-keeping into a fun family activity! This charming wooden cutout adds a touch of cute to your kitchen and a fun place for everyone for notes and reminders to each other.
Did you know Fall is also prime time for Purple Martin Bird to make their annual visit? Since these birdhouses are man-made structures, not only do these DIY gourd birdhouses look neat, they also attract these birds.
Your threshold gets an enormous amount of much this time of year. Why not make sure it represents your family in the best way possible? This family monogram is just one option to make over your door this season.
Pine cones. They one of the most fun parts of Fall. This little DIY project is a perfect weekend activity for you and the kids. Spend some time looking for the pine cones, decorate them and then watch the fruits of your labor.
A super quick way to spruce up your decor for Fall is to paint something yourself! Not only will you be proud of how glam the feeling in your house has become when your friends and family you can also be proud that you made it yourself.