Coffee is brownish in color. The brown coffee color represents the color of roasted coffee beans. The first known use of coffee as an English word for color was in 1695. Thus, coffee is an acceptable alternative name for brown color. In this article, we will show you how to make coffee color paint.
To make coffee color paint, you will need to mix complementary colors. Complementary colors are the colors you find opposite each other on a color wheel. They include pairing red with green, yellow with purple, and blue with orange. Here is how to mix these colors to make coffee color (brown) paint:
Step 1- Gather the required materials
Select your oil paints, watercolors, or acrylic paints. Although you can combine different colors to form coffee color paint, you only need to mix two complementary colors. You will also need a paintbrush or palette knife for mixing and a mixing container.
Step 2- Mix the colors
Mix the complementary colors in equal proportions. Dab a little of each color on the mixing container. Use a palette knife to stir the colors until they become smooth brown.
Step 3- Try different proportions
Play with different amounts of each color and different complementary colors to create lighter or lighter and warmer or cooler shades. You can add in a dab of black paint to get a dark brown coffee color. Alternatively, add a dab of white paint to get a light brown coffee color.
Step 4- Note down your proportions
Different color combinations make coffee color paint. Once you find the hue you want, note down the proportions used. Then make enough paint for your project using similar proportions and color combinations.
How to Make Coffee Color Paint in Different Shades of Brown
Make each brown color hue by starting with complementary colors. Then add other pigments to control the brightness and temperature of your coffee color. Some of the shades of coffee paint color shades you can try include:
- Light brown- Start with a base of yellow and purple. Add a little titanium white paint to get a light coffee color shade. You can add more white paint to get a lighter shade as needed. If you want a coffee color that is both light and warm, add a little cadmium yellow paint.
- Cool brown- You can make colder coffee color by starting with blue and orange. Then add cool colors such as purples and greens. Add blue colors such as ultramarine blue to get a foggy coffee color. Add purples for a lighter brown color.
- Dark brown- You can make a darker coffee color that mimics rich chocolate by combining two complementary colors, followed by adding a little black paint. Add in blue for cool, darker shades or reds for warm, darker shades.