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Wall Painting Techniques For Your Photography Studio

Updated: Jul 10, 2021

Using different backgrounds can make your photography stand out. In my 5 Ways to Improve Your Editorial Photography post, I mention using paint to create textured backgrounds. In this guide, we'll talk about what colours work well together and how to create textured backgrounds.

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Let's Talk Colour

Colour theory is very important in understanding how colours interact with one another. Placing two colours against one another can either brighten or lower its intensity.

In my drawing class, we placed coloured paper on neutral backgrounds. The point of the exercise was to understand the interaction of colour. When we placed a blue square on a white background versus black, the blue square the looked brighter. When placed the same colour on a grey background compared to black, the blue looked duller on the grey. This exercise was an eye-opening and made me appreciate colour interaction.


Neutrals are your black, whites and greys. These tones are without saturated colour. Neutral colours can still have an undertone which is a lack of its saturated colour. A dulled down version of a blue would be considered a neutral.

How do we use neutral colours on a background? Well, using various tones and shades of a neutral on a wall can create texture and interest depending on the application. You can paint a wall with vertical stripes varying the tone of the neutral colour or apply it in small random strokes. Using these types of techniques can create interesting backdrops for your photography. We get into techniques later in this post.