Good color schemes for a crackle finish include contrasting colors and light and dark shades of the same color, suggests SFGate. The contrast in the colors highlights the crackle finish, which is designed to give furniture a weathered look.
To achieve a crackle finish, apply a base coat of latex paint. Use either the lighter or the darker shade as the base coat. Next, apply a water-based crackle finish in a single layer. A thick layer of the finish results in large cracks, whereas a thin layer forms smaller cracks. Apply the contrasting top coat in the opposite direction. Do not thicken the topcoat, as it may interfere with the cracking process.