How do you mix burnt orange paint?


Quick Answer

Burnt orange paint is a mix of mostly red, some yellow and a minuscule touch of blue. However, since this mixture involves all the primary colors, it can easily turn into muck instead of the burnt orange shade that is desired.

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The key to burnt orange is to mix carefully. Since orange is a tertiary color, it is easiest to start with a bright orange paint and its tertiary friend, brown ? in this case, a darker brown. This orange requires a special touch to create warmth without looking flat.

Start with a larger amount of orange and slowly drip in dark brown. If it loses heat, add a few drops of red. If it is not rich enough, add a few drops of navy blue.

If the home-made mixture of paint isn't turning into the desired shade of burnt orange, a local paint store can produce the color professionally. This is also a good option when trying to match a previously-used burnt orange paint. Most paint stores can match any paint based on a sample, even a paint chip. If all else fails, buy it already mixed. Orange is a very popular color and most paint companies offer it in a variety of shades.

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