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Basic Paint Color Mixing Chart

Paint Color Mixing Chart

Paint Color Mixing Chart. Mixing paint can be a good way for you to achieve new level of creativity when you are going to paint your house. Moreover, this procedure can create your desired custom color that would suit your taste. However, paint color mixing chart is needed so that you can have a guide on creating colors.
First, let’s understand the basic rules of general color mixing. There are several basic colors; including red, blue, yellow, black, and white. All of these colors can be mixed to create new colors. For the record, black and white color are used to give the new color a darker or lighter look. For example, to create a light violet, first, you mix red and blue color, and then you add white color little by little until you get the color you want.

Basic Paint Color Mixing Chart
Basic Paint Color Mixing Chart

  • Red + Blue = Violet
  • Red + Yellow = Orange
  • Blue + Yellow = Green
  • Red + Violet = Red – Violet
  • Red + Orange = Red – Orange
  • Red + Green = Red – Green
  • Yellow + Violet = Yellow – Violet
  • Yellow + Green = Yellow – Green
  • Yellow + Orange = Yellow – orange
  • Blue + Violet = Blue – violet
  • Blue + Orange = Blue – orange
  • Blue + Green = Blue – Green

Tips for Paint Color Mixing Chart

The paint color mixing chart will help you through this process, so you don’t have to remember all of them. However, since there are many people who use different kind of paint brands, you should consider some things, which include:

  • Always do your color mixing experiment in small amount of paint.

This way, you can avoid wasting paint. One thing that I always do is to have write down the percentage. I usually use that measurement glass so that I can tell how many milliliters of paint I use. Once I got the perfect color, I wrote the combination percentage down.

  • Don’t use too much color

It may be tempting, but using too much color in the color-mixing procedure is a bad idea. The result could be brownish-gray paint. Yuck. It is also recommended to use the same brand, because the thickness of the paint is similar.

Mixing Colors to Make Other Colors
Mixing Colors to Make Other Colors

  • Mix enough for the whole project.

Although I have written down the percentage and composition of that perfect paint, I would still mix extra amount of paint so that I don’t have to redo the mixing again. The reason I do this is because precise mixing is something that can only be done by machines. Usually there will be slight differences. Having enough mix for the whole project will ensure you have the same color throughout the project.

  • Start with the closest color.

When you are trying to make a custom paint, look into the color chart. Write down which base color your target color is between, and then mix them as the base custom color. Then, look once more to your color chart and see which primary color is closer to your color. Add more of that and perhaps some white or black, depending on your need.
As you can see, the paint color mixing chart is really helpful!
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