Help Me Create a New Jewelry Studio in an Empty Room

by Pamela.
(Stanwood WA)

Help Me Create a New Jewelry Studio in an Empty Room - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

I have a room, totally empty, that I can now convert to a jewelry studio.

I won’t have to try to fit my workspace onto the end of the dining room table, yay!

I have furniture pieces in storage, including a watchmaker’s bench and a steel dental cabinet with 27 drawers.

The room has an east window and measures 8 1/2 by 9 1/2 feet and has a 5 foot closet in the corner near the door to the hall.

I would like some suggestions as to colors… I have an abundance of light yellow exterior latex but also have interior paint in pale pink, pale blue and off white.

I’m tempted to paint it yellow, and be done with it, but I’m just as tempted to do each wall a different color…

Eventually, I want to paint a mural on the dark closet door… Any suggestions?

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  • Pamela, first I have to say how much I LOVE your “Secret Cedars Studio” business name! It sounds wonderfully mysterious, and all the “ssssss” sounds in the words are like a breeze making the cedars whisper secrets to each other.

    And about your new studio setup – how exciting and fun! I would start by sketching the floorplan of the room on graph paper. Then make little paper cut-outs of the furniture that will go in the room (also on the graph paper so everything will be on the same scale).

    Now play around with the arrangement of your furniture in the room, making sure you have space to access the closet, etc., and that your main worktable can use the daylight from the windows.

    As for paint colors, I would choose between either white so you can see true colors of your jewelry materials, or your favorite colors so you’ll feel happy and inspired in your new creative space.

    And I hope to see photos of your wonderful new studio! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Pamela Maring says:

    Thanks Rena, My studio name comes from the name of the novel I’m writing, Secret Cedars Bed and Breakfast… it was going to be a REAL B&B, but when financing fell through, I went into a depression until I realized I could WRITE my B&B and not have to do laundry! It’s about 3/4 done, but that’s taken 10 years. One thing that was going into the B&B was a heavily beaded silk ball gown from the 1920s… It cannot be displayed “as is” so I was going to take the best panels and frame them then take all the rest of the beads and make jewelry to sell in the “gift shop”… So, that is where the merge of names got its beginning.

  • Mary Morris says:

    I got to create my studio a few years ago. I continue to make changes but love that the room is cheerful with l green walls and spring themed accessories. My favorite part is that I have painting and photos that were my grandparent’s. When I walk in the room I go, “aaaahh”. That makes it so easy to create. Create your paradise and have fun. You may get ideas on Pinterest.

  • Kim says:

    So cool that you have a whole room! I don’t have much else to add except just make it a place that makes you happy. So I’d choose a color you really love that makes you smile when you walk in the door. ๐Ÿ™‚ And what a cool story you have about the origins of your name. Sorry that the B&B didn’t work out, but how cool that you’re writing a novel!

  • Sarah R says:

    Last summer I finally made over my teeny tiny bead room. I had just bought my dream bead storage cabinet, an antique printing printing press storage cabinet and I wanted to room to reflect the cabinet.
    The room was white and very plain. I decided to leave the wall that my desk is on white so the paint color wouldn’t affect seeing the true colors of my beads. The other walls I painted a beautiful tropical ocean green. I wish I had done it years ago!
    I added a pretty canvas picture of the ocean with an inspirational quote and a few other decor touches. I’m hoping to design my new bead room to look similar but ideally a little larger than the last one.

  • Betty says:

    My bead room is an unused 12×12 guest room painted white. The far right wall has a 6×6 sliding glass door which gives plenty of natural light. On the back wall just inside of the glass door is a large office desk that I use as my work station. On the wall above the desk are framed baby pictures of my husband & myself as well as our seven grandchildren. To the left of that are several pieces of our baby clothing on hangers. This makes for a very happy place to design my jewelry.


    The one thing I would suggest from my experience is to put things in “zones”. I do a variety of media and having areas with “themes” helps a lot. Beads all go in certain places all in the same basic area, paints go in another, and wire in another. Putting things where you are most apt to use them helps. My pliers and other tools are all near the desk where I do my beading, and paint brushes over where I do that. Sounds easy and logical, but I have had to rearrange a couple times to get it right! Labels are a godsend…and I just use masking tape with marker on most things. Otherwise someone mentioned pinterest…yep, great assortment of ideas and “looks”. Oh, and good lighting is a MUST. Make it YOURS! And don’t be afraid to change things if you find them not quite right…it will come together! Have fun!

  • Trish Lochnicht says:

    White walls are helpful for matching colors, as the reflection of other color walls can affect color.

  • All great ideas, but I’m especially with Trish on the idea of keeping the walls white. I do graphic design as my day job, so I’m especially conscious about how surrounding colors can affect what you’re seeing. It doesn’t need to be stark white โ€“ perhaps something in a soft ivory. Just my 2ยข.

  • Nicole Green says:

    I agree with Rena about lighting and I do zones like Carla. I only had one electrical outlet, so be sure to mark things like that if you draw a graph. I rearranged my tables a couple of times. In the end, I placed them in the center of the room where I could use both sides of the table for more workspace. It really comes in handy when others are working in my shop with me. I have even considered teaching jewelry making in the future, so my layout would accommodate that function.

  • Emmy says:


    You are so fortunate to have a dedicated room for your craft. I have to agree with Rena and the others who suggested white. It will not compete or interfere with your creativity. Also, as you begin to work in this space you will decide whether a wall needs a creative touch. Each one of us is inspired by different things. I’m inspired by music, lighting and sparkly things. So, if I create in the evening the lights are dim, my room is illuminated by white string lights and my immediate work area is lighted properly. In the day, of course, lots of light.

  • sue says:

    White or a light neutral grey are good wall colors to have to keep it bright and not compete with jewelry colors, but why not accent with one wall of a favorite color to make you happy to be in the space?

    I just moved into a rental and my workspace is a formal dining room with dark red wainscoting, dark wood and not enough light – ugh. Enjoy your space!

  • Gail says:

    When you think of color study your light. It has a definite effect on how colors will look at different times of the day. And any bulbs you need to use will affect how your color looks. Your room is small like mine and painting each wall a different color will make it look smaller. I have two large windows on my worktable wall and lots of overhead fluorescent lights, so my room is flooded with light. I painted my walls a pastel aqua and added white shelving and drawer units and I love how light and bright it is and how well I can tell my colors when working. In a small room we don’t have a lot of room to build out, so build up too. Label EVERYTHING that is hidden in boxes, bins and containers. It will save you a lot of grief when looking for something. Shelving and drawers are your friend. And zones, as mentioned are a godsend. I have a painting messy zone, a soldering zone, a kiln zone and an everything else main work zone. My main work area is a table my hubby made that runs from one side of the room to the other under my windows. My most used tools are within arms reach in each zone. I took the doors off my closet and my husband made me a wall to wall worktable inside the closet with shelves above me wall to wall and even some small narrow shelves on the side. I hope something I offered gives you an idea or two. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gail, thanks for these great tips! I especially love your strategy of labeling everything that’s hidden in containers – a HUGE time saver.

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