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What colors make beige?

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Beige is usually made with white, yellow and small amounts of raw umber or burnt umber, black, red oxide and violet to adjust the color slightly. To mix a beige-colored paint, one starts with white paint and adds raw sienna and raw umber colors.

Beige is a problematic color, because there is not a standard composition for the color. Other names for beige include latte, tan, sand, buff, cream, oatmeal, biscuit, ecru, mushroom and manila. The color beige changes considerably with the type of light it reflects. To fix a beige paint that is too pink, 10 drops of yellow pigment and 1 drop of green should be added to 1 quart of paint. To fix a beige that is too yellow or warm, 6 drops of magenta pigment and 1 drop of blue should be added to 1 quart of paint.


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