I discovered Matisse's The Red Studio at the Museum of Modern Art last summer, and found it to be completely captivating. It also got my wheels spinning: why not paint your own studio from toe top to crown in plum red?...
I vowed long ago to never again paint a room plain white, save a closet. But as an artist myself, I've always thought it makes sense to keep studio areas fairly neutral. This painting shocked me back to my senses—a color like this on the walls would stimulate the senses and tickle your imagination daily. It makes me want to play.
The Victorians thought that the idea color for a sitting room or a portrait gallery was deep red. Matisse painted this in 1911, not long after the Victorian age, and offers us his own Fauvist version of a portrait gallery. I'd photoshop some suggested uses for the modern home, but I find this painting to be so vivifying that I'll let you, dear reader, come up with your own examples.
Possible color matches: Plum Raison 2082-20, Raisin torte 2083-10. Try staining your floor Jacobean or Bombay Mahogany.
- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter