Color Central

Using color at home or in the office - for paintings, furniture or any artistic challenge - takes a good eye, a little know how, and a creative imagination.


Where to start?

At artSparx we've developed a color program that will help you solve all your color challenges. Start by visiting the 'Colors for residential and commercial interiors' feature, providing you with overall information on using colors sucessfully in any environment. Next, browse the following colorScheme features to tailor and design your color palette to fit your interior color needs. From basic ideas on how we see color, to the unique 3 step colorScheme system created at artSparx especially for you, we'll help you understand the elements of color, and how to incorporate these ideas to create successful color solutions to any project.

Color Palette

color palette

Color mixing recipes, ideas and basic color principles help get you started.

ColorSelect

Create custom color effects in your home or office. Learn how to: Use the best base color: create a glaze, mixing colors, and more.

ColorScheme

Understanding the 12 step color wheel. Creating a 12 step color wheel.

Color Theory

About Color - How we see color. Learning to use color. Advanced color principles.

Color Facts

Did you know? Vermillion color has been dated back to over 7000 years. Cinnabar. mined in Spain, became a luxury item amoung the Roman elite. And thres more...

Historic Colors

Neutrals and clearity of color. Federal Style introduces blues, greens and soft rose colors. While Modern Design emphisizes greys, clean whites and ...


Blending Traditional and Contemporary Design
Venetian Plaster

Inspired by the ornate plaster-work of Renaissance Italy, decorative plaster has a millennial history, with origins dating back to the Rome of the Caesars and in the art of Ancient Greece.

It was Andrea Palladio, a famous Italian architect, who in the XVI century re-discovered it through his studies and re-proposed it in the splendid Venetian villas that are still to this day the distinguishing mark of his career. Stucco Veneziano is an aesthetic solution that step by step, conquered Venice and Lombardy, then Italy, and finally entire Europe in the XVII century. Today, venetian plaster Stucco Veneziano restores the splendor of a classic and prestigious finish.

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Pre-mixed Glazes

Ready, set, GO!

Getting going with these premixed glazes. Select one of our pre-mixed glaze colors or create your own. We custom mix any color from all major paint manufacturers. Just pick your own color from any swatch book and let us know the paint name and number and we'll send you the right glaze - interior or exterior - custom matched to your liking.

Create classic effects such as colorwashing, dragging, striee, antiquing effects, furniture effects and much more!

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premixed color glaze for faux finishing


Color Palette

TIPS

Look for neutrals. Understanding a few simple color principles can result in successful color combinations for any project. Useful for interior design projects, decorative painting techniques, fine art painting, graphic design or illustration techniques, understanding color combinations can be easy and fun.

Look for compliments. When any one primary color is mixed with another a secondary color effect is produced. 3 secondary colors are produced from the mixing of one primary color with another. These colors are orange-green-violet. These secondary colors are also known as Secondary colors.


Step-by-step Features

antiquing

Antiquing For creating old world charm and sophistication.

Antiquing is the process of aging a surface to produce a time-worn appearance. There are many methods of antiquing, but I found that by mastering these few simple steps I’ve been able to successfully handle the antiquing of untold objects, furniture, mural paintings and wall surface finishing.


neutral colors

Working with Neutrals

Neutral colors primarily consist of a selection grays, beiges, tans, creams and taupe. These colors generally work with most other colors making them excellent choices as background colors for walls and ceilings. In this manner, more vibrant color choices can be executed in the interior in the form of fabrics, draperies and curtains, rugs and carpets, objects, furniture and accessories like throw-pillows, lamp shades and pictures or paintings.


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