Mixing paint colors may seem to be an extremely simple task. Is it as simple as Orange = Yellow + Red? No, in reality, it's a complex and cumbersome task.
In fact, when it comes to mixing paint colors, there are so many important factors to consider. The primary reason is that -- paint colors are not always manufactured in the same uniform hue. In fact, millions of varieties of a single color can exist. For example, when you are buying Red color, it may be available in transparent red, opaque red, or warm red color options. Therefore, if you do not know the important techniques of mixing the right colors, you may end up creating a wrong shade (that isn't something that you are looking for).
While mixing colors for interior painting, the properties of a particular shade play a key role. Again, the individual pigment type of a particular shade also pays a vital role while mixing colors. Therefore, it is really important to understand the actual science behind mixing colors for interior painting. Let's now reveal some expert-recommended techniques for mixing paint colors.
Eleven Expert-Recommended Techniques
I) Mixing The Right Amounts: To start mixing colors, you are advised to use a very little amount of paint colors in the first place. For instance, if you put too much paint colors in the beginning, then you will face difficulties in adjusting or changing the resultant shade. Note, using the right proportion of paint colors is extremely important.
II) Keep Records: Start by taking relatively small amounts of paint colors and gradually add more colors to the mixture. This process will help you get the desired shade without much hassles. You are also recommended to keep a track of the quantities and ratios you have used (just in case you may want to get the exact same shade later).
III) Let It Become Dry: When you are using custom mixed colors to paint walls, please allow the paint to be dried before you apply another coating of colors. The color that you get while the paint is wet will not offer the same effects as compared to when it is already dried.
IV) Know Three Primary Colors: There are three primary colors, such as blue, yellow, and red. They are widely known as primary colors as these colors can't be made by combining other paint colors together. The most interesting thing is that -- when these three primary colors are combined in varying ratios and different combinations, it can create a wide array of hues.
V) Dark Vs Light Paint Colors: As you probably know that a little amount of dark paint color can change the shade of a light color. However, it takes considerably more light colors to change the darker shades. For example, you can always add blue paint colors to white in order to darken it (instead of trying to lighten a dark blue-shaded color by adding extensive quantities of white color).
The same principle applies for mixing a transparent color and an opaque paint color. Ideally, you should add a little amount of opaque paint color to your transparent shade in order to get the desired tone (rather than the reverse way round). Please note, the opaque color really has more strength and influence than that of a transparent color.
VI) Always Mix Same Types of Paint Together: As we all know, water and oil do not mix. Hence, do not ever try to mix them. You are advised not to combine your oil-based paint colors with water-based paints. If you accidentally mix these two different paint colors together, you will eventually end up having a clumpy substance which resembles cottage cheese. Therefore, do not try to associate an exterior paint color with an interior paint color.
VII) Safety Tips: You should place drop cloths on the floors in order to protect it from paint spillage. Also, wear protective gears, for example, gloves, respirator masks, and safety glasses when you are mixing paint colors.
VIII) Use Color Wheel: When you are mixing colors for interior painting, consider using the color wheel. You should always blend primary colors in order to create secondary colors.
For example, mix red and blue to create a beautiful purple shade, or add blue and yellow to create green.
IX) Reinforce the Color: In order to intensify a dark color, you can add some orange and yellow shade paint colors to it. Likewise, to bright up the sage green shade, simply add green color to it.
X) Toning down the Paint Color: In the previous tip, you have revealed how to intensify a blunt or dull color simply by mixing more base colors to it. Similarly, you can easily tone down the original color shade as well. For example, adding a complementary color to the original paint can excellently decrease its overall intensity. In order to tone down the shade, please use the paint color wheel.
XI) Change the Hue: You can shift color undertones, temperatures, hues. Taking an example, green paint color can be warmed up just by adding some yellow paints into it (moss green). It can be cooled down simply by adding blue (teal or sea green). Red paint color can be turned into a violet color, with an addition of blue. Complex paint colors, such as beige, gray, and brown are difficult to change as they already contain loads of hues.
Simpler colors like yellows, blue, and green are usually much easier to modify. While mixing colors for interior painting, practice mixing them in a small container first to check the effect before you decide to add a colorant to the full-size can. And do not forget to stir the entire mixture well while mixing colors.
A new coating of paint can excellently upgrade your homestead's interior & add a personal touch to your rooms. Whether you wish to use an old, leftover paint color or blend different colors in order to come up with a perfect shade, interior painting can be a fun, interesting, and affordable way to brighten up your home.
You can mix any colors/shades of interior paint as long as they are of the same type and finish. In this context, please follow the aforementioned eleven tips and techniques for mixing different shades of interior paint colors.