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Color Mixing Tutorial

December 20, 2022
Author Country Chic Paint
Are you looking for a specific color that doesn't quite match anything from our line? Why not play around with mixing your own colors? Watch this video tutorial to see company co-founder, Rosanne mixing some beautiful tints, shades, tones, and colors!

Mixing Tints

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Let’s start with mixing Tints. A tint is basically a lighter version of a color. Tints are also called pastels. We can mix a tint by adding Simplicity to any base color. Simplicity is our pure white color. Say, for example, you are looking for a nice light apple green. You’ll start with some Simplicity and add a bit of Luscious Lime. Can you see what a pretty light green color this is?

The best way to create a tint is to start with Simplicity and add a bit of color to it. If you start with the color, you might need to add a lot of the Simplicity to get the tint that you are looking for.

Mixing Shades

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Now, let’s say you wanted to create a darker shade of a color, you can achieve that by adding a bit of Liquorice to the color of your choice.

Let’s start with some Cranberry Sauce, one of our limited edition colors, and add just a tad of Liquorice to it. As you can see here, we’ve create a beautiful wine red color by mixing Cranberry Sauce and Liquorice together. The color mix we used was 8 parts of Cranberry Sauce with 1 part of Liquorice.

When mixing shades, you’ll want to be careful not to add too much Liquorice. Just start by adding a very small amount at a time.

Mixing Tones

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Usually we are attracted to colors that are a bit toned down, as they seem more sophisticated than bright colors. If you have a Country Chic Paint color you’d like to tone down, you can mix it with any grey such as Pebble Beach, Rocky Mountain, or Hurricane. If you don’t have grey on hand, you can create it with mixture of Liquorice and Simplicity.

For example, if you take our pretty, bright turquoise, Tropical Cocktail and add a drop of Hurricane you’ll see a big difference! We can achieve a similar tone by adding Liquorice and Simplicity instead of Hurricane.

You can, of course add a bit more of the white Simplicity to lighten it up, if it’s too dark for your liking.

Mixing Colors

We can do more with color mixing than creating tints, shades, and tones of a color. We can also mix 2 colors together to create a new hue. We’ve shown a few examples here, but the possibilities are endless so we recommend playing around with this to create some unique colors yourself!

To make a pretty mint color, try mixing Tropical Cocktail and Luscious Lime, then add Simplicity until you like the tint.

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If you’d like to mix a pretty lilac color, we suggest using Cranberry Sauce, Starstruck, and Simplicity in a mix of 1 part Cranberry Sauce, 1 part Starstruck, and 4 parts Simplicity.

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For more color mixing recipe ideas, visit our colors page!

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