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Combining Paint Colors: Between Going It Alone And Getting Specialist Help

By Jack Wogan

Cave paintings that date back 40,000 years ago are unanimously considered masterpieces of the world and are part of our common heritage. And yet, they were of amazing simplicity. The pigments our ancestors used for their paints were derived from minerals such as limonite or hematite for nuances of ochre, charcoal, burnt bones or dirt. Things got more interesting when it came to choosing the binder to make the pigments stick together and to fix the paint on the cave wall; blood, urine, animal fat or water and albumen were the usual choices. But the beauty of them still attracts millions of visitors each year.

But as things evolved throughout history and the world we live in became ever more sophisticated we are no longer content with dirt and spit to make paint for our bedroom walls. We became more demanding in terms of options and requirements. And rightfully so. When it comes to colors and paints we are spoilt for choice.

When you decide to change something about your house, painting it differently is the obvious and simplest answer. But getting it right is not always a piece of cake. Using just one color can be dull and finding the ideal combination of color hues could prove tricky. Many people think that paint stinks. Their enthusiasm fades away when it comes to harmonizing the colors of their home. If you are not afraid to go it alone and circumvent outside advice, then there are some things you need to keep in mind when painting your walls. First of all do not get carried away; the colors you choose need to match also the theme and the purpose of the room. Then bear in mind that single colors may lose their effect when used in combination with other colors. A useful tip when picking your color scheme is to start from the furniture of the room.

In general, when choosing colors people refer to a color wheel. It helps in the sense that it shows clearly the primary, the secondary and the complementary colors. There are certain ways to achieve color harmony. One is to pick colors that are next to each other on the wheel, which are called analogous colors. One example would be yellow-green, yellow and orange-yellow. Or you can turn to nature for help. The way colors are arranged in the natural surrounding can be very inspiring. For more contrast, go for complementary colors. You will find them opposite each other on the wheel.

Last but not least use now we can use software to help you choose paint colors. Just pick your nuances and observe how they look like on the screen. But nothing compares with the trained eye and the experience of a professional.

Don’t get used to the idea that Paint stinks; change your home using Crown’s wide range of colors and ideas.

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