What colors mix with beige

Mix beige - this is how it works

Beige - an indefinable color

Ten different people will imagine ten different shades of color under the color beige. But what exactly is beige?

  • According to the RAL color system, beige is defined as a light, warm, slightly grayish shade of brown - similar to the color of a cardboard box. In addition, the system also records a green beige and a brown beige, which can be seen as a darker level of beige. Gray beige is a warm, darker shade of gray, similar to pearl beige, but a little lighter. The listed shade of beige-red would be referred to by most as dusky pink and beige-brown hardly as beige.
  • In everyday language, various light natural tones can be referred to as beige. Some are more sand-colored, others more brownish or even greenish. Mixing the color cannot be generalized - you have to try out which shade most closely matches the name for you.

How to mix the natural tone

How can you approach your beige tone now?

  • First of all, the basis for mixing the color beige is an opaque white. Now carefully mix the following colors into the white. The darker the mixed in color, the less color you use - in fact, a tiny brush tip of a dark and opaque shade can already darken a large blob of white.
  • First, mix a shade of yellow into your white. For example, Jaune brilliant from the Norma oil paint from Schmincke is suitable for this. This shade of yellow is already very light itself and can also be used alone as a starting color instead of white. Other suitable yellow tones are light Naples yellow or chrome yellow (imitation of the toxic chrome yellow).
  • The tones of light ocher, gold ocher and natural sienna are also very suitable for mixing beige. When burned with sienna, your beige will get a reddish shade.
  • Now you have to decide which orientation you want your beige to be. For a rather gray shade, mix in a very small amount of a darker shade of brown and the color warm gray. Warm gray can also serve as the starting color for a darker gray shade of beige, if you then mix in a little yellow or ocher.
  • You can get a more brownish shade with colors such as natural umber or burnt umber as well as Vandyck brown. With the brown shade Caput mortuum you get a darker and slightly reddish beige.

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