In painting colors, you're not only dealing with the paint itself. Paint colors change by light shinging on them. They change by surrounding colors. They change by the color you paint them on - when colors have a partial hide, they're influenced by the color underneath. Sometimes a color even looks different on your painting, than it did on your palette...
Tips for painting colors
The look of your paint colors is affected by:
- the paint sheen you choose
- the texture of your paint, and your brushing
- the hiding power of your paint (which is never a full 100%), and the color of the surface you paint it on
- the amount of light shining on it
- the color of your daylight shining on it
- the overall color setting it will beplaced in:
One kind of blue can look great in a brown environment, and sad or dull when painted on white, in a white environment. When your're painting colors, your paints are raw ingredients, just like when you're cooking - and we all know the taste of ingredients is defined by the way they were used. That goes even more when you do faux painting, color washing and decorative painting techniques.
Color is light, color is matter
This ceiling was painted white!
Color can be both light and matter. Paint is matter, but it reacts in an immaterial way on other colors (by contrast, shading etc), and to the color of the daylight in your room. This ceiling was painted white. On this picture the room has daylight and TL's. Because of the reflection from the walls and the floor, the ceiling is lit on with blue and green. And the blue and orange light blend into a magenta interval color.
Roughly you can say: paint colors are always more onesided and 'single-colored' then natural colors. Natural colors have upper- and undertones, like a good perfume, or natural sounds. Mixing in little bits of other colors can be a good idea, even with the better paint brands. It balances the colors. When painting colors that don't harmony with other colors in your room: add bits of the other (disharmonic) color to your paint colors, and suddenly they'll harmonize.
Art and interior paintng
When it comes to painting colors, there's no major difference between art and interior painting.. In art, beautiful techniques were developed to make the more dull and natural colors shine - and why not use them for your interior? Old paintings often have contrasting underpainting hues, to make the top color radiate and shine. These are the most beautiful colors to look at, because they're created while you look at them. They are both light and matter. Colors like this are very pleasing for your everyday living environment.
When you want to mix your own colors, it's good to begin with a starter's set of hues. Here you'll find a color mixing guide, and a list list of 8 colors (including black and white), with which you can mix all other colors. You'll learn about color fast, if you work with this basic set. You'll also find the color names, for acrylic- and oil paint colors.
Working with color knowledge
Of course, it's no use trying to follow all the 'rules'. But trying out a recipe won't do harm. Painting is like cooking: you may use recipes, but you follow your nose, taste and smell, you improvise and try things out. Knowing this stuff can help you understand why you see that some colors look great, and others don't. It helps you understand or support the intuitive choices you make. And some recipes just give ver tasty results, even if you don't understand why...
A little color theory can help you understand the different characters of colors. That is, if you take the colortheory of Goethe. Most of us were taught Newton's theory of color, which is great for building color tv's, but less useful for creatives. I've heard painters declare more than once, that color is a purely subjective thing and that it actually doesn't exist. No wonder that color plays little role in contemporary art...
- Paint sheen
- Choosing paint colors
- House paint software
- Elements of the color scheme
- Interior painting tips on color layering
- Interior painting ideas
- 7 steps for creating an interior painting design
- Painting tips for big and small rooms, and different lighting situations
- Adjusting your paint colors to your available light
- Interior painting techniques
- Wall painting techniques
- Color washing on walls
- Making your own paint
- Color theory basics
- Painting safety
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