Category: Finishes

A better color circle for mixing pigments

Use this (C-M-Y) color circle for more accurate color mixing.

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Beige – The Chameleon Color

Beige is a problematic color for walls in that no two people will agree on exactly what it is. It can be the most docile of neutrals and it can be as insipid as a flesh tone. Beige is used as a neutralizing hue in between stronger hues but most often it is used as a safe compromise…

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Why Color Often Goes Awry

That perfect beige you picked out in the store will shift to “pinkish” on your wall because of metamerism. You did not see the “pinkish” cast of the beige at the paint store because the cool fluorescent lights cancelled that hue. The coolish Northern light coming in through a window makes the beige look perfect during the day but as soon as the warm incandescent lights come on… the pink pops out again.

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Contemporary Faux Arts

A contemporary finish is used as a major design element itself, even if it is an imitation of another material. Take concrete for example. This is a major look right now in new construction for clean, elegant and minimalist design. To use this in a re-design of an existing room is, however, cost –prohibitive and that is when the decorative finisher can step in and use their talents to imitate this material.

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