When it comes to choosing a paint color for various distinct works, it’s a matter of finding balance, Hum explained: “It’s not cacophonous, it’s not specific to each work, it’s this environment that feels right and still gives each medium what it needs to stand out.”
The same rules can apply to choosing paint colors for a home filled with art. Patrick O’Donnell, a brand ambassador for Farrow & Ball, noted there aren’t hard and fast rules, though it’s important to let the art breathe, not to overwhelm it. “Color should be the glue in a room, it should bring everything else together, rather than be the main star of the show,” he said.
O’Donnell said that choosing a paint color from a work of art you own can be a strong strategy, as the MoMA curators did with the Stettheimer room. It should be a color that is not too prominent in the piece. “There will be a nice marriage, without it looking too matched and twee,” he explained. One of his go-to Farrow & Ball colors is Light Blue, which has hints of gray and green, and changes with the light.