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14 Best Shades of Orange

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Luke White

In the 19th-century suburban New Jersey home of Michael Maher, color brings a modern energy. Walls painted in Charlotte’s Locks by Farrow & Ball envelop the parlor-turned-living room in warmth and drama, while a Stark sisal rug tones down the formality of the antiques. The archway retains its original sliding pocket doors.

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Color Inspiration: Charlotte’s Locks

House Beautiful

“For an unexpected dash of personality and warmth, add a shock of color to the back of your cabinets. I know this is bright, but when it’s behind glass doors and acting as a backdrop to all your dishes, it livens things up nicely. And it’s easy to change in a few years, if turquoise starts calling to you.” — Douglass Graneto

Make it yours: Farrow & Ball Estate Eggshell Charlotte’s Locks 268

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The Look

Thomas Loof

Amanda Lindroth gave the exterior of a gorgeous Bahamas home a “showstopping personality” with big splashes of bold orange. The vibrant bench and awning perk up the white facade.

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Color Inspiration: Baja Orange

House Beautiful

“I’m Italian, and it’s very Italian to use orange. Think of those luxury brands with orange logos — Hermès and Pratesi. I see it lacquered on a ceiling, with cream walls. Or you could get that faded Tuscan feeling by using it as a wash in the living room. A lacquered orange library with black bookshelves would be totally sensational. Supermodern, superchic.” —Milly de Cabrol

Make it yours: Ralph Lauren Paint’s Baja Orange IB62

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The Look

Peter Vitale

Orange undertones give depth to the sunbaked custom paint in a New Mexico kitchen by Judith Espinar, Jim Deville, and Scott Robey.

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Color Inspiration: Summer Squash

House Beautiful

Golden-tinged oranges also brighten any space. “Orange is our go-to color, because it makes a room feel young, fresh, and modern. We use it where other people might use red. I would feel really happy in a room painted this pretty golden orange, with navy, turquoise, or pink as an accent. And I love Portola Paints because their colors are just slightly off, like the designer colors you’re always trying to get and don’t often find.” —Heidi Bonesteel

Make it yours: Portola Paints Summer Squash 022

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The Look

Victoria Pearson

Accessories in vibrant orange can help add vintage whimsy to an interior — like in the bedroom of a cheery beach house by Krista Ewart.

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Color Inspiration: Orange Sky

House Beautiful

However, this delightful shade doesn’t always have to read as retro. “Orange is far more versatile than most people think. You don’t have to put it with marabou feathers and 1960s furniture. Try it with a Louis XV carved giltwood console and see how sophisticated and European it looks. This is a Veuve Clicquot orange that we used inside kitchen cabinets, for a bon vivant whose signature pour is Champagne. Coat the paint with beeswax if you want an antique look.” —Maureen Footer

Make it yours: Benjamin Moore Orange Sky 2018-10

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The Look

Thomas Loof

In this fantasy apartment inspired by Edie Sedgwick, midcentury modern pieces mix with contemporary pieces. “I’m not afraid of color,” designer Heather Moore says. “I knew I wanted to use orangey autumnal tones, and I chose Ralph Lauren’s Cork for the walls. It’s a burnt umber, a saturated color that doesn’t read as flat. It has more reflectivity and depth than that.”

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Color Inspiration: Autumn Orange

House Beautiful

“I go for the warmth and earthiness of a certain version of orange — like this inside of a Japanese persimmon. It’s not loud or brash, and it’s a beautiful backdrop for other colors like hot pink, chartreuse, olive, aqua, and baby blue. Almost anything looks good against it. It has the quality of embracing and holding.” —Jackie Terrell

Make it yours: Benjamin Moore Autumn Orange 2156-10

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The Look

Thomas Loof

The brown-tinged orange in a vintage-inspired apartment by Heather Moore takes on a different cast based on the light in the room.

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Color Inspiration: Corlsbud Canyon

House Beautiful

“It’s easy to get a great orange when you’re working with a skilled decorative painter doing a multilayered custom glaze job. But if you’re trying to pick a ready-made color from a paint deck, I find the darker, more subdued shades work best. This color has great impact without looking like that garish NFL orange. I’d use it with ivory, black, and brown for a sophisticated classical look, or with cobalt blue, navy, and white if you want to go bolder, younger.” —Markham Roberts

Make it yours: Benjamin Moore Corlsbud Canyon 076

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The Look

Eric Piasecki

A bold orange hue sets off the Palladian details of a bookcase in the library of an Atlanta home by Kay Douglass.

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Color Inspiration: Blood Orange

House Beautiful

“This quickens the pulse and excites the eye. It brings back the hue and the scent of blood oranges piled high in the market stalls of Tuscany. With a black-and-white floor and Benjamin Moore’s Linen White trim, it would be the perfect foil for an array of drawings.” —Marcy Masterson

Make it yours: Sydney Harbour Paints Blood Orange

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The Look

Jonny Valiant

In a New Jersey beach house by Mona Ross Berman, a retro shade of orange brightens up a utilitarian space.

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Color Inspiration: Orangery

House Beautiful

“I love the orange color of the stucco I grew up with in the warm Mediterranean sun. There’s a very soft feeling about it, but at the same time it’s quite strong. This orange has depth and a touch of shadow, so it looks as if it’s always been there. It lends itself very naturally to browns and greens and watery turquoise. Orange is kind of an underdog in this country. It’s more a color of the East.” —Mona Hajj

Make it yours: Farrow & Ball Orangery 70

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The Look

David Duncan Livingston

In a Hillsborough, California, kitchen by Melanie Coddington, a spicy shade of orange is a refreshing alternative to the usual neutrals.

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Color Inspiration: Audubon Russet

House Beautiful

“You can’t let orange scare you. I rely on it to punch up a dreary corner. Paint this warm, bricky orange on the inside of a bookcase and it will add unexpected depth to a small space or make a big room seem more intimate. One of the most fascinating rooms I’ve ever seen had ivory walls and a ceiling painted this color. Very cozy.” —John Peixinho

Make it yours: Benjamin Moore Audubon Russet HC-51

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The Look

Thomas Loof

When Justine Cushing moved into her New York apartment in 1970, she had the living room painted a custom orange — a color she has never considered changing.

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Color Inspiration: Yuma

For a similar look, choose an orange with depth. “You need a little brown in your orange to keep it from getting too circusy. This reminds me of saddle leather. I’ve seen it in those great Palm Desert houses, with midcentury modern furniture and a flokati rug. But I’d jazz it up with hot pink, apple green, or peacock blue. And a heavy dose of white or cocoa brown would really soften it.” —Erinn Valencich

Make it yours: Ace Paint Yuma B21-6

20 Fabulous Shades Of Orange Paint and Furnishings

Ahhh, now that we are well into October, it always feels appropriate to bring out one of the most misunderstood, but actually awesome colors.



I say misunderstood because orange is often thought of in negative terms. We discussed why a while back in this post.

And, in another old post, we can see that one of the most classical colors is actually orange!


However, the truth is that orange as a wall color makes for a beautiful, warm, back drop.


The lighter, more yellow shades positively glow at night. It’s a delicious color in a dining room. However, I am going to share many places and ways to use orange. And, by the end of the post, I hope that those of you who dislike this color, may begin to feel differently about it.


Even as an accent color, orange paint colors and furnishings are  a welcome and refreshing note in an otherwise banal color scheme.


In addition, for all of you “orange haters,” it is very likely that you are already living with copious amounts of the color. Not all, but most wood tones are some variation of orange or its baked-in-the-sun-cousin, brown or rust. A favorite post featuring paint colors that look great with wood trim.


Orange adores its compliment which is blue, if you don’t already know that.


For one of my favorite posts on this magnificent marriage of colors made in heaven, click here.


The primary two companies are Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. In secondary roles (but not secondary colors!) are Farrow & Ball and Pratt & Lambert.


These are all wonderful paint companies.


Kudos goes to Sherwin Williams for the tenacity it took to break through the Benjamin Moore monopoly! And for good reason. SW has a tighter more consistent line, over-all than BM. While the latter has many, many exquisite colors, there are too many duds, IMO. And, since Sherwin Williams has an exceptional collection of orange paint colors, I’m including them, as well.


Please don’t ask me about other brands. I am not familiar with all of them.


However, the numerous fan decks and some 3,500 Benjamin Moore colors is the reason I created the Laurel Home Paint Collection. And, I feel that sticking with one brand would be in everyone’s best interest.


It’s confusing enough with just one brand!


But, the paint and pallet collection is a wonderful tool to help you choose colors. Of course, I’m a little biased. ;] However, there is so much information in these guides that you can’t find anywhere else. And, I share which are the best trim colors for each color in the collection.


Someone tried to match up a Benjamin Moore orange paint chip with a Hermes handbog. The electric orange is pretty close. It’s actually REALLY bright!


Love this chinoiserie end table which Alexa Hampton designed several years ago for  Hickory Chair.


Now, that we’ve established just how cool, historical, classic and rich orange is, let’s get on with the point of this post which what are some of the best shades of orange paint to use on our walls. And, also, other ways to use orange in our rooms.

At the end of the post will be a shopping widget of home furnishings that will bring this vibrant color into your homes.


So, what are the best shades of orange wall paint?







please pin this graphic to your pinterest boards for reference



*Before we begin, one important note*


The colors represented in the photos may or may not actually be painted the color they are representing. However, it really doesn’t matter because how many times have you seen a color in a magazine that looks nothing like what they say it is? Therefore, I chose images with great design that look close to the color I am talking about. In addition, some of these images are very recent and some were done years if not decades ago. Orange as we saw in the last post is timeless and forever.


Therefore, what I always say is this. If you love a color that you see in a photo, it matters not what it is in real life. Just match what you see.


We discussed this in a recent post.

In addition some of these images depicting the best shades of orange paint and furnishings are from clippings I’ve been saving for years. I love that. Because if something I saved 25 years ago still looks current, then to me, that is the very definition of timeless.


Let’s start with pale and work up from there.


Thomas Pheasant


This is a warm, wonderful, pale, pale warm, tawny peach. Farrow & Ball’s colors are always wonderful as they are made from complex formulas adding to their richness.


Amelia Handegan


This is a warm beautiful pale orange that glows like candle light.


Brockschmidt & Coleman



On the cool, cool lambrequins. (valances)


The next two images are by one of my design idols, Stephen Shubel whose work I’ve admired since the 1980s. His blend of antiques with casual elements and soft, blushy colors has distinguished him his entire career.


Stephen Shubel

This is a room from the early 90s. I remember because I cut it out. And then, I used that chandelier for a couple of jobs. It’s really cool!

In fact, you can see it here, in a dining room I did in 2003.


via – – David Hicks entry London


Semolina is veering on yellow and a very cool, well warm, modern color. Totally fabulous for a “night room.”


William Hodgins – Zuber screen dining room

The color? Who knows, but it looks like this.


Interestingly, Farrow and Ball has archived this color. However, you can still get it.


The next three images are also in orangery.


This is one of my favorite shades of orange paint


Miles Redd

Gil Schafer

above and below


Gil Schafer architecture and Miles Redd interior design


For more of this amazing home, click here.


Orangery is the color on all of the above.


This is not a pure orange but more orange than gold. It is warm and a wonderful choice for someone not ready to go with a more saturated orange.

Oh, if only we could truly test out a color and if we don’t like it, just flip a switch and it goes back to what it was.



Orange Ice is a color similar to orangery– just a touch lighter and brighter– but ice is a misnomer. The picture is attributed to Donald Kaufman who also has a brilliant line of paint, but it’s harder to get and I’m not as familiar with it. However, I do own two of his books.


Steven Gambrel


This is a dusty warm, terra cotta.


Miles Redd


Spiced pumpkin is a color I’ve used a few times and goes up looking a bit brighter than it does on the chip. It is more rust than terra cotta and a very lovely warm, rich color.


Amazing room by Studio Peregalli

I could not find a website for Studio Peregalli. They are an Italian duo from Milan, Roberto Peregalli and Laura Sartori Rimini. Their work is known internationally. I would classify it as old-world timeless. This article is a short interview with them about their process.

Sorry, at this time, I could not find out any further information about this room. However, if you know, please let me know.

If you’d like to see another cool room of theirs, click here.


kitchen by Judith Espinar, Jim Deville, and Scott Robey. Photo Peter Vitale via House Beautiful



Casa Muros Habitania



This is more of an adobe colored light orange.


Makes a wonderful backdrop when used with brighter colors. And what a gorgeous color scheme here!


Miles Redd





design by James T. Farmer.



Love that name. As you can see, determined is an orange with a lot of red in it, but still orange. I guess that’s more coral.


It’s funny that he describes this dining room as eccentric. The ONLY thing I find eccentric are the drapery rods. They are not parallel to the window as one end is attached to the fireplace wall.

Otherwise, the room is sublime! I’m just wondering if it was intentionally done that way or it’s a mistake they thought no one would notice.


Amelia Handegan


Exciting orange has a lot of life without being too in your face. I think it’s quite versatile


Henri Samuel


Kumquat is a shade deeper than Exciting and also wonderful.

I’m going to let you in a little secret right now. I struggled the most with the SW colors. Why? Because they are all so unbelievably gorgeous! Really, I don’t think you can go wrong, but I still want to break it down for you.

Via British Vogue

photo –  Peter Ash  Lee Tory Burch living room, designed by Daniel Romualdez


So what shade of orange is Tory Burch’s fabulous library?


Ahhh… well, of course, these secrets are not given up easily if at all. However… I have examined this one very carefully and weighed in on other factors in the photos and the hands-down winner is…





Orange Blossom is a soft coral color. Very pretty. Vignette via James T. Farmer on instagram


Sheila Bridges



Charlotte’s Locks is a densely pigmented color from Farrow and Ball. It has more red than a true orange.


Jolene Huitt


Another lovely orange red that’s not too bright


BD Home and Design


These deeper shades of orange paint look so yummy lacquered!


Justine Cushing


This is a very soft coral. Me like.


And finally our deepest hue for our 20+ best shades of orange wall paint– a rich deep saturated, warm rust. Perfect for a library or den


Ellen Hamilton


This is a rich terra cotta and looks great glazed as it is here.


One last image from James T Farmer. I so adore his work. And, he looks like he’d be a lot of fun to work with too. The colors in this room are absolutely incredible.

If you enjoyed this post, this is one of my favorite posts about rooms with warm paint colors.

A reader wanted to know if they would look dated.

And, below is a widget featuring home furnishings with orange. Please click on the individual images for more information.


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PS: Please check out the newly updated hot sales. Many fabulous sales going on this holiday weekend. And, the Serena and Lily sale is ending the 14th at 11:59PT

And, speaking of orange, a friend up in the Lake George of the southern Adirondacks invited me up for the weekend.


Fall foliage with Lake George in the background.


And, as promised , a cool photo of Marianela Nunez and Rupert Pennefather doing an exquisite pas de deux from Kenneth Macmillan’s Concerto.

To watch it click here.




How to get an orange color by mixing paints

How to get orange color and its shades on 10 photos + table of all possible derivatives. How to get coral, peach, terracotta and red colors? Influence of white, black and brown in color composition.
Orange is obtained by mixing red and yellow, but you can get a shade of this color (soft and fairly light) by adding pink to yellow paint. Subsequently, all the main saturated shades of orange are somehow associated with red, yellow, pink, white. More complex and darker tones are obtained with the participation of purple, brown and black.

How to get an orange color by mixing paints: red and yellow of the desired tone?

Everyone knows that the main orange gradient lies between red-orange and yellow-orange. Since the color is obtained or two colors, then, depending on the percentage of each color, there is a shift in one direction or another.
Of course, all the resulting shades from the primary colors (in our case, red and yellow) will be paler. However, orange is made up of 2 warm tones, the waves of which are not very different (the opposite would be blue and yellow to create green), and even in the second order it looks quite catchy.

Mixing acrylic paints for painting:

How to get yellow-orange and red-orange?

It is believed that to get a classic orange, you need to take 1 part of yellow and 1 part of red. However, in practice it turns out that you have to take more yellow than red. In the palette, you can always choose the right tone by adding yellow or red to the mixture.

How to get a light orange color?

This tone has a wide range of pastel shades. They are built using white, but there is an alternative: mix pink and yellow, the resulting shade is a soft orange tone related to the light range:

Another option would be to add yellow and white.
Usually in a palette of 12 colors there is already an orange tint, which is much brighter than the color obtained by mixing, so when building shades, we will use the existing one.
My palette of glossy acrylics has a vibrant red-orange tone. To get light orange tones from it, I need to mix red-orange, yellow and white:

How to get coral color?

Although this shade is closer to pink, its construction is completely tied to orange, and there are 2 scenarios for obtaining it:
, the main thing is to mix the paint thoroughly).

2) Red-orange is close to scarlet, and scarlet is a shade of red. Red mixed with white gives pink, and coral can be called a light shade of pink with an orange undertone.

In this case, the coral will lean closer to orange, but still remain a luxurious tropical shade.

How to get a peach color?

Another light and subtle shade of the base color. Peach belongs to the soft pastel scale., standing out from it with its sophistication, it has long been loved and entrenched in our imagination. Its construction consists of 4 colors:
1) Red + yellow + pink + white
2) Orange + yellow + pink + white
3) Coral + yellow + white

How to get terracotta color?

Moving on to darker shades of orange. One of the interesting options is terracotta: a medium-dark, but rich, complex red-orange hue is obtained by mixing purple and red-orange:

Adding a drop of white will help make the shade lighter.

How to get a red color?

Red has an orange undertone. If you take brown and mix it with red-orange, the resulting shades will be dark, but saturated. You can adjust the tone by adding yellow.

How to get a dark orange color?

You can adjust the brightness of shades of orange using black: either to completely darken it, or simply dim the brightness. This is necessary to create contrast.
If you want to dim light shades: mix white with black to a gray mass and bring it into the working tone.

Table for obtaining orange shades when mixing colors:

Practice in color science is indispensable, but theory can give you an understanding of how this or that tone is built.

In the center – the main color from which the color is built. The first circle of colors is the shades with which the color is mixed in the proportion indicated below. The third circle is formed by tones that are the result of mixing the primary color and the first circle in a smaller proportion than the third. On the sides of the color at the end of the beam, the same color with the addition of black (darker) and white (lighter).

How to get other colors and their shades: theory and practice. Click on the icon.

What colors need to be mixed to get orange: proportions for a bright shade

Often a particular shade of paint is not enough for a design project, this does not mean that you will have to spend a long search for the right option in order to implement the idea. In this case, you can resort to do-it-yourself paint tinting. An orange color that can be created by mixing basic shades. Details on how to get an orange color will be described in the article.

How to get an orange color when mixed

Artists and designers often resort to mixing shades. After all, then you can have only a standard color palette and at the same time get a variety of colors without difficulty. Professionals intuitively can mix paints to get the right shade option. But this skill is acquired with experience.

For beginners, a special table is required, which shows which colors need to be mixed to make orange. Getting different shades of paint will require different proportions, and you may also need different tones to work with.

Three colors serve as the basis for coloring – blue, yellow and red. They are distinguished by the fact that it is impossible to obtain them by mixing other colors. Light and dark shades of colors are obtained by introducing black or white, gray. These are also colors that fall into their own category and are considered, unsurprisingly, colorless.

Their peculiarity is the absorption of other colors, light, reflection of rays. Therefore, making them from other colors will not work. So in the palette you need to have these six shades, or at least five. After all, gray can be obtained with the help of black and white.

You can mix orange from red and yellow, the presence of red gives a bright look, but at the expense of yellow it becomes less aggressive.

Psychologically, orange is associated with joy and fun. For the interior, its use is limited to accent details; a bright shade is not applicable for home comfort if the entire wall is covered. Then a pale type of paintwork material is selected.

However, there are design options with rich orange in children’s rooms, as well as receptions in cafes, public places, where such a positive mood is given.

Getting different shades of paint will require different proportions, and you may need different tones to work with.

Color Mixing Chart

A special chart has been developed for tinting work showing which colors to mix to get orange. It also shows combinations for different shades of this color scheme. In the color wheel, orange is between red and yellow, which means that they are used to obtain the required paint.

The table serves as a guide for working on how to make orange at home. It is impossible to give an exact ratio of colors, due to the difference in brightness level and type, the primary colors used, which also have several shades.

In the color wheel, orange is between red and yellow, which means that they are used to obtain the required paint.

What color should be added to get shades from light to dark

Classic type orange can be obtained by mixing equal amounts of red and yellow. If it is required that one of these colors prevail, then its amount in the paint increases. Other shades may require the addition of a large amount of color agents.

How to make different types of orange paint:

  • A light shade is obtained when pink or white is added to the classic;
  • Coral – will be achieved by mixing red-orange enamel with white and pink;
  • Peach requires orange combined with lemon, white and pale red;
  • Copper – made up of yellow and red, the combination differs from the traditional amount of yellow, a ratio of 2 to 1 is made;
  • Terracotta can be obtained using red-orange and blue colors;
  • Red is made from red and light ocher;
  • Mustard in the paint is obtained by mixing yellow with a small amount of brown, or a combination of blue and orange is used.

Lightness can be added by introducing white, so pastel shades are obtained. You can darken the paint with a gray dark type dye, black is also suitable, but it is used minimally.

Classic type orange can be obtained by mixing equal amounts of red and yellow.

Orange Mixing Step-by-Step Instructions

To understand how to mix orange, you need to familiarize yourself with all the steps. The process can seem simple, if you rush and introduce too much of a certain color, then the shade can change too much. For this reason, all additional paints must be introduced gradually, after each addition thorough mixing is carried out so that no uncombined particles remain.

Next, a quality test is carried out, you need to paint a piece of the same material as the surface or a small area of ​​the base itself with the resulting solution, and evaluate the result after the paintwork material has dried.

All additive paints must be introduced gradually, thoroughly mixing after each addition so that no loose particles remain.

Materials needed

Every job requires the right tools and materials. You need to know what fixtures should be in quality:

  • Prepare several containers for mixing solutions, choose a plastic material that is neutral to the substances that make up the paints;
  • A long wooden or plastic stick is used for mixing, brushes can be used;
  • For a large mass, you can choose mechanical stirring – a drill or a construction mixer is selected, it will be more difficult to work manually and the process will be long.

All tools and containers must be thoroughly washed to ensure that no excess material remains.

Different paint colors are prepared from the materials:

  • Yellow;
  • Red;
  • Pink, blue depending on the chosen shade.

For a large mass, you can choose mechanical stirring – a drill or a construction mixer is selected.

Choice of paint

For artistic purposes, when working with canvas, gouache or watercolors are often taken. The latter are more difficult to make saturated due to the need to introduce water.

When walls, ceilings and other surfaces in a room are painted, special building compounds are used that can withstand external influences. The choice is made after studying the properties of the material, taking into account the necessary parameters for the operating conditions.

A large number of different based paints are on sale: based on acrylic, alkyd resin, latex and others. All of them have their own characteristics, pros and cons.

If the composition contains toxic substances, then you should take care of good ventilation, wear a respirator and rubber gloves.

The choice is made after studying the properties of the material, taking into account the necessary parameters for the operating conditions.

Preparation and basic process

The substrate must be free of all types of contaminants before use, degreasing may be required. If necessary, too thick paints are diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Acrylic products may require the addition of a solvent to slow down the curing process.

Mixing steps:

  1. The selected amount of yellow or red is poured into the main container. The choice is made based on the desired shade.
  2. After that, you can add a second base paint.
  3. Will you need to add additional colors, look at the mixing table.
  4. At all stages, high-quality mixing of the components is carried out so that the mass becomes one.
  5. A trial painting of the surface is done and the result is evaluated.
  6. If the required variant is obtained, painting can be carried out.

Beginners are not advised to work with more than three colors, it is better to entrust complex shades to a professional colorist.

At all stages, high-quality mixing of the components is carried out so that the mass becomes one.