How many of us are willing to agree that brown is an important color in our life?
It might not be the fanciest color, but it is an important one, be it makeup, fashion, everyday basics, etc.
So why do brown not get the appreciation it deserves? The answer is simple. What comes to your mind when I ask you to imagine the color brown? A muddy mixture? Perhaps that is why Brown has such a bad reputation.
But brown is a versatile color and we will see the color in depth in this article which would definitely make you fall in love with the color and you’ll definitely be wondering,how to make the color brown.
Before we learn more about brown, here’s a simple guide where I show you how easy it is to make brown color using other colors.
With the wide range of low chroma colors which are similar to brown, those range in hue from yellows through to oranges and reds. But there still are a few colors that may help you in the process.
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What colors make brown and how to make brown paint?
3 step guide on how to make brown with primary colors:
1- Get a color wheel that shows primary, secondary and tertiary colors.
Primary Colors: Red, Yellow, Blue;
Secondary Colors: Orange, Green, Violet;
Tertiary Colors: Brown, tans, etc.
2- Mix the Blue color with yellow to get green.
3- Mix green with red to obtain brown.
The simple answer to the question of what combination of colors makes brown is that you mix all three primary colors together, in equal quantities to get your average brown.
But what to do if you need different shades of brown? And how do you know what colors to mix to make brown of a different shade? Like we mentioned before, there are many shades of brown in our life so there are different colors that can make brown.
Shades of Brown:
Brown is a neutral palette that extends beyond our imagination of the color. It has a variety of shades stretching from nude to dark that we love to incorporate into our everyday life.
The nude shades contain anything on the lighter side of brown. The nude palette compliments every skin tone and every fashion choice; it is a color that you can not go wrong with. Nudes shades contain colors like beige, light brown etc. So if you’re wondering how to make tan or any other light color, stick around.
Average Brown –
Your average brown is the color that comes to your mind when I say its name. It is a medium shade that is usually used while making furniture, delicious chocolate, or when we are picking out the perfect summer shade to dye our hair too. We have already discussed what colors mixed together make brown and so it is the easiest shade to make.
Dark to Espresso –
Let’s go to the dark side, shall we? They’ve got dark chocolate cookies. Who doesn’t love a chocolate chip cookie? We are all guilty of that so let’s give the color the same amount of love. Anything darker than a medium, average brown is in this family. Imagining this color gives me the same amount of comfort as holding the perfect cup of coffee. So keep on reading to find out how to make dark brown.
Importance of the color Brown:
What is more important than mother nature? Brown is a very important factor of the nature that surrounds us; the trees, the roots, the different types of soil that give birth to beautiful plants and fruits. It might not be as beautiful as a flower, but surely is the reason we have those bright and vivid colors in our life.
Without brown, we wouldn’t have the roasted nuts in soothing colors that we all love. Coffee beans might not be as comforting and chocolate might not be as delicious.
The color brown in makeup and fashion is unmatched; We all love nude lipstick or a beige cardigan. The neutrality of brown makes it perfect for all ages and all genders.
Why would you make brown paint:
There are lots of reasons why you may want to mix colors to make brown paint. Some reasons would be for artists mixing watercolors, you may be needing to mix colors to get the right shade of brown for painting a room in your home, or simply may not have brown available. Brown is a very popular color as an earth tone and is very neutral so can contrast or balance out many other colors.
An alternative way of making brown:
Another way of obtaining brown is mixing orange or orange-red color with a tiny portion of black paint, adding a little bit more black if you want it darker or adding white or any other lighter color if you want it lighter. Interestingly, orange is basically considered to be in the same hue as brown.
Make Chocolate Brown:
You can make a rich chocolate brown by starting with orange, add blue slowly until you start to obtain the right tint of brown, or until you get the desired chocolate brown you are looking for. If you don’t have orange you could mix red and yellow to get orange.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q1. How to make Brown?
We have already discussed how to make your everyday brown, but let’s see how we can make the varieties of browns that we have previously discussed.
Q2. What colors make beige?
Once you mix together the three primary colors, you get the basic brown. But how do you turn it into beige or a lighter shade? It’s simple, you add white to it. However, the actual question is how much white?
What you can do is use a white base and add a small quantity of yellow in it to give it a cream color. But if you need to make it darker, add a little bit of brown to it.
Q3. How to make tan paint?
We know by now that to make any light brown, we need to add white to it. But all colors need a little variation. So to make tan brown, you add a little white and then a hint of red and mix tan color or until you achieve the shade that you need.
Q4. How to make a darker brown?
One way to do it, if you already have a brown color on hand, is to add the tiniest amount of black or purple to darken.
But if you are starting from scratch, the perfect way to make dark brown paint would be to add more red and blue than yellow ( that is if you’re using the primary colors to make it ) this should result in a darker shade of brown. The variation of black, red or blue will result in variations of the dark brown color formed.
Q5. How to make chestnut brown?
You can make chestnut brown by adding yellow and red to the basic shade of brown. However, do not add them both at once. To get the perfect shade, add little by little (of both red and yellow to it) and keep on adding more till you get what you need.
Q6. How to get the perfect cinnamon shade?
Even though cinnamon is a part of the brown family, the best way to make cinnamon brown is to start from the beginning. Take a red base and then add blue and yellow (in minute amounts) until you get the variation that you need. To further lighten it, add a small amount of white color to it, and voila!
Q7. How do you make brown skin with paint?
Let’s start with imagining that you already have a brown in your hand. You can either go “cool” or “warm” or even “neutral” depending on what skin tone you need. To go towards a cooler tone, you can add blue color to it, drop by drop, until you achieve the result you need. Similarly, if you need to go warmer, go with orange.
If the undertone is not what you’re worried about but the shade of brown, then black and white are your friends. White for light and black for darker and you’re good to go!
Brown is a lifestyle!
I hope you can better understand it now when I say that brown isn’t just a color, it is a lifestyle. It is a color that is a part of our life, everyday and in every moment. Whether you’re outside, amongst the dirt and trees, whether you’re inside holding a dark cup of coffee amongst your brown furniture or whether you’re just at peace with yourself with a comfy beige sweater, a nude lipstick or at the beach with your super tan body. Brown is everywhere and it deserves similar respect as black and white because it is just as important.