Creating Your Color Palette with Chalk Paint®

"... using color can be a curious business: part science, part intuition, but mostly a matter of taste and experience.” — Anonymous

Finishes painted with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan can often work best when more than one paint color is used. When selecting your colors, keep in mind the following:

Choose Analogous Colors

Start by choosing two or three or more colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. Choose colors that have similar tones so that they are in harmonious balance with each other. An example would be painting with different blues and greens, such as Aubusson Blue, Napoleonic Blue, and Duck Egg Blue. Using analogous colors, particularly when applied over a contrasting color, will give your finishes depth and interest.

Add Underlying Contrast

Contrast is the difference between two colors. After choosing your analogous color scheme, next choose a color from a different segment of the color wheel, or you could choose a clean neutral color such as a white or black instead. For example, a red color will add a certain impact when placed under colors within the opposite segment on the color wheel, such as a bright turquoise- blues and greens. A black color painted under yellows and oranges would make a powerful combination because of the high contrast of color; the impact of a black with more muted colors with less contrast would be much less but still add depth to the finish. A white can effectively serve as a base when layered with softer, more muted colors.

Add a Complementary Color

Finding a color’s complementary color is simply a case of looking across the wheel at its opposite color. Complementary colors are used to add contrast or to create depth and interest.

Finish with a Neutral Color

The Chalk Paint® color palette offers several neutral colors — Graphite, Old White, Pure White, Paris Grey, and French Linen — but don’t feel limited by that short list.

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