Tones, Inks, And Pixels: The Process Of Translating Colors From The Screen

By now, many people are familiar with the fact that there is more than one color model in use today, with alphabet soup names derived from the colors of their primaries: RYB, RGB, and CMYK. The first of them, with the familiar fusion of red, yellow, and blue, are the ones most often taught to children and represent the traditional model used in visual art theory.

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Elsewhere, this model has been supplanted either by the triad of red, green, and blue (used in digital applications) and the quartet of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (used in print). In general, these three models work well for their respective media. The unique composition of many paints, for instance, makes red a preferable primary, especially since painters frequently mix colors on their canvasses. The inking process benefits from the broad assortment of color created by its lighter primaries in turn.

In our mixed media world, however, this becomes a challenge, especially when attempting to translate a specific color from one medium to another one that uses an altogether distinct color scheme. There exists a certain degree of difficulty in translating colors in print and digital to paint.

Merely bringing a printout to the color mixer at the paint shop was unlikely to replicate the colors exactly due to the many uncontrollable variables present, such as the calibration of the printer and paint mixing machine.

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Achieving a remarkably close shade requires acquiring its data values—under the terms RGB, HEX, CMYK, and HSB—and running them through one of many online color calculators, which can translate these values (based on the expected light source) and yield the appropriate swatch and color harmonies.

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Color Contrasts For Eye-Popping Interiors

Contrasting colors can help details pop out in a room, working well with both flat walls and walls with intricate ornamentation. A room can achieve harmony and aesthetic balance through the judicious use of color contrast in the walls, fixtures, and furnishings.
Contrasts can be achieved in an interior space through a variety of means. Moldings in otherwise flat walls can be painted a complementary or contrasting color to form visible borders and lines. A contrasting color scheme works exceptionally well in showcasing the details in intricately detailed paneled walls. Even flat walls painted a single color can be paired with furnishings of a contrasting color palette.

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Contrasting colors can also define spaces and focal points within large rooms. Painting one wall a contrasting color to the other walls can easily turn it into an accent wall.
The common feature in all good palette contrasts are how easily the colors are distinguished from one another. Popular color contrasts include differences in color intensity, hue, and warmth, and can incorporate both a palette of multiple complementary colors or a monochromatic series of shades. The contrast between lighter and darker tones is a popular choice.

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Moreover, effective color contrasts are hardly an excuse for eye-searing mashes of bright color. A beautifully coordinated contrast can be achieved without involving bright, saturated palettes. Muted pastel colors can work just as well complementing each other as they would be complementing more vibrant counterparts.
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