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There are several types of colour wheels from a simple version which only shows primary colours and the basic colours such as green, orange and purple, to the more complex with a boundless number of tints and shades.


Warm colours tend to be more vibrant and tend to inspire confidence. These colours typically work well in dining and entertaining spaces as they are inviting and promote intimacy. Cooler colours on the other hand are often used to create a relaxed mood and bring calm to a space. Natural colour tones can also achieve a relaxed, peaceful environment.

Colour can also be used to help enhance the feeling of space or make it feel smaller. Light colours for example, tend to feel more spacious and airy than darker tones. Whereas, warm colours typically make a small space feel even smaller and somewhat claustrophobic.

If you like contrasting colours, an interior with a complimentary colour palette will likely appeal to you. Start by choosing colours on the opposite side of the colour wheel. While the two colours will bounce off each of their intensities, they can be balanced and soothing too.

You can also mix a warm colour with a cool colour. For example, a room painted in a cool, light blue can be brought to life with pops of bold orange. This is certainly not a colour scheme for minimalists, but it can be a great way to add interest in your home.

When selecting colours, consider how the tones work with other areas of your home. If you have a small interior, it may also be worth connecting the spaces through soft furnishings rather painting too many colours throughout.

Ever walked into a room and thought it looked bland and felt a little unfinished? Playing it too safe with your paint colours and decorative elements is likely the main culprit. Sometimes begin brave and stepping out of your comfort zone really pays off.

Valspar is an excellent brand of paint, but they get a little less notoriety than some of the more popular brands. However, Noir by Valspar has absolutely earned the top spot on this black paint color guide.

The working properties of acrylic paints make them very different in use than oils or watercolours. The amount of variety in paint consistency and mediums makes them the most versatile painting media. Artists who share a studio space, or who find oil paints too harsh may prefer acrylics for their quick drying, water-based formula. Mistakes are easier to rectify, as the paint is touch dry and can be worked on top of quicker. The versatility of acrylic mediums also allows you to work with them in a similar way to oils (by using slow drying mediums) and watercolour (using inks or soft body colour with flow aid mediums). Although most of your painting tool kit will remain the same there are some special considerations you will have to make if you are painting in acrylics.

Artist grade typically contain a high ratio of single pigment colours and fewer additives or extenders. The more pigments you put into your mixes, the more likely they are to become flat, muddy and lifeless. Single pigment colours are much sought after to make colour mixes clean and clear. Artist paints also tend to let the unique characteristics of each pigment shine through. This means you will find that some colours dry to a different finish, are a slightly different texture and have varying degrees of opacity.

Most student ranges also contain additives so that all colours dry to a uniform finish and texture. This can be beneficial to beginners as there is no need to worry about any variations in sheen or handling. The following brands fall into the student quality category:

Both Liquitex and Golden offer these more fluid acrylic colours. Golden Fluid and Open Acrylic colours offer textures that fall between Heavy Body and Soft Body. Their Open acrylic range are not quite as thick as heavy body, but firmer than a traditional soft body acrylic. Fluid Acrylics are lower viscosity than Liquitex Soft Body, and are more free flowing across your painting surface.

Acrylic Inks are the most fluid acrylic colour. Inks are made using finely ground artists pigments in a fluid acrylic emulsion. They are easy to apply with the pipette or nozzle lid of the bottle. Use them to create watercolour-like effects, poured artwork or for airbrushing. They are also suitable for use with dip pens and refillable markers for a pen and ink technique. Like paint, acrylic can be split into different quality grades. Daler Rowney System 3 Acrylic Inks fall into a student grade bracket. Liquitex Professional Acrylic Inks and Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Inks are higher quality, while Golden High Flow acrylics are very highest quality.

We have plenty of acrylic painting sets for beginners that include a mix of primaries, a convenient secondary or two, plus some earth shades and the usual black and white. These colour selections will allow you to explore colour mixing but also give the freedom of being able to use colour straight from the tube.

Some sets, like the Sennelier Abstract Acrylic Primary Set, do have a minimal mixing palette using only primaries plus black and white. While some artists enjoy the challenge of painting with a restricted palette, the lack of colours can be daunting for a beginner.

If you are looking to buy your own colours separately then you will have full control over the colours to choose. Usually we would recommend going with one or two variations on each primary colour, a green for convenience, a few earth tones and the usual black and white. We do have some more information on selecting your own palette of acrylic colours on our website.

Acrylic paints can be used with all kinds of brushes, whether they are natural hair or synthetic. If you are working with heavy body colours then you may find it easier to work with a natural bristle (hog) or firm synthetic hair. The stiffness of the hair makes it much easier to work your paint and apply it to the canvas. You may notice that the stiffness of hog hair decreases with use over time. Water softens the bristles, so make sure that your brushes are not sitting in water too long and you will extend their workable life.

Any non-stick surface on which you can easily separate and mix your colours makes a great acrylic painting palette, whether you use a purpose-made tray or a large plate. If you are working with thick colour you may prefer to work on a large, flat palette. These styles of palettes have a large working area, perfect for creating large patches of mixed colour. If you are using paint with a lower viscosity a palette with wells will probably be useful. Using a large flat palette with low viscosity paint could mean your paint mixes run into each other, if not off the actual palette! Wells make it easy to contain your inks without contaminating one another.

Additionally, using natural materials like fabrics or flowers as inspiration can be effective when choosing the perfect paint color. Using these items as part of the palette naturally creates an ambiance in which every color works together seamlessly and harmoniously.

When choosing a paint color, think about the overall feeling you want for your home. Do you want it to feel light and airy, dark and cozy, bright and cheery? The right color can help create the atmosphere you're looking for.

Another critical factor to consider when choosing paint colors is your design style. Some shades will be more appropriate than others. Do you prefer the simplistic palette of Scandinavian interior design style, or do you like the vibrant style of Art Deco? Maybe you prefer the traditional or rustic style. Your choice will play a role in your selection.

Choosing an exterior paint color for your home is just one part of the paint-selection process. As a homeowner, you want to ensure that your exterior paint withstands harsh weather conditions and UV radiation. While exterior painters will expertly prepare your home for a smooth, long-lasting paint job, your chosen paint finish can either make or break the final look and longevity of the paint. This handy guide will help you choose the best paint finish for your home exterior.

When looking at a paint fan deck, interior designers recommend choosing the lightest color on the swatch for dark wood floors. After that, you can move towards darker shades on the swatch for accent colors.

We hope this guide can help you navigate your way to making the best paint choice for you, your home and our earth! We are always here to answer any questions or give technical advice, simply drop us an email to, call our HQ on 01544388535 or visit our NEW London showroom at 194 Ebury Street.

Earthy paint colour are officially trending and we are excited! At Edward Bulmer Natural Paint we are all about embracing colours of the earth and this inspirational palette has such variety; some bold like the dark umber tones of soil and burnt sienna of the desert sand or the soft hues of weathered stone or soft terracotta.

Discover again this month more about the natural earth and mineral pigments we use to create our colours which are far more sophisticated and subtle than synthetic AZO dyes used by most paint companies.

NOTE: We highly recommend that you follow along with a Classic or Colour Preview fan deck from Benjamin Moore or a Sherwin Williams fan deck. Or you can also pick up the colour chips individually from the paint store using the lists in this book.

By using six pigments, you use the fewest colours possible to create the greatest range of hues. Therefore enabling you to make better colour contrasts than you would be able to if you were using fewer than six.

All of the palettes listed in this guide use a colour that has a dominant hue of a primary, either blue, red or yellow. As from this, you can create contrast in hue, shade and temperature. For example, the Anders Zorn palette is vermilion (red hue), ivory black (blue hue) and yellow ochre (yellow hue).

However, many artists work in a far more reductive manner, using colours which give them a smaller, more restricted colour wheel to play with, but allow them to capture mood and emotion, rather than using colour realistically. 041b061a72


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