Here is the color palette for the decorative painter that we use at GIDP to create most of our finishes. Based on my experience in business and teaching, I’ve found these colors to be essential for creating most finishes (with an emphasis on faux marble and woodgraining). See previous posts on our job site kits.
We will be breaking down each color in future posts along with posts on our mixing methods. There are many books on the subject of color in general. So, keep in mind, this palette of colors is for the decorative painter.
Also, we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce our color abbreviations that are (will be) used in future posts.
Palette of colors for the deco painter
*** I recommend that you find a manufacturer that you like and stick with them as colors vary from company to company. We use fast-dry, slow-dry acrylic colors and mediums by Golden Artist Colors, so their color names are most often listed first. We use Sennelier (from California based, Savoir Faire) for oil colors and those are listed as secondary color options.
Classified as “non-colors” that are not used to mix a hue, but to change the intensity and opacity (typically the last step of mixing).
W Titanium White, Zinc White
B Carbon Black, Lamp Black
TB Titan Buff (has a slight earthy tonality off white)
These colors actually come from the earth.
YO Yellow Ochre, Yellow Oxide
RO Red Ochre, Red Oxide
RS Raw Sienna
BS Burnt Sienna
RU Raw Umber
BU Burnt Umber
VDB VanDykeBrown, Cassel Earth
Generally yellow, orange, red, and purple — although some tones are cool.
HY Hansa Yellow, Lemon Yellow (cool)
NY Naples Yellow
NA Nickel Azo Yellow (Very transparent and greenish)
DY Diarylide Yellow, Cadmium Yellow
O Orange, Cadmium Orange
PR Pyrolle Red, Cadmium Red, Napthol Red
AC Alizarin Crimson, Carmine Lake, Crimson Lake, Magenta
TRIO Transparent Red Iron Oxide (transparent warm red)
P Dioxazine Purple, Violet (cool purple)
Generally blue and green — although some tones are cool
PB Prussian Blue
UB Ultramarine Blue
PhB Phthalo Blue
CB Cerulean Blue (warm)
CT Cobalt Teal (warm)
PhG Phthalo Green
G Permanent Green (medium green)
GG Green Gold (transparent yellow-green)
COX Chromium Oxide (warm)
JG Jenkins Green
PG Paynes Gray