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HOME HANDLING: WHAT COLORS DO YOU USE?

HOME HANDLING: WHAT COLORS DO YOU USE?
Are you a bold type and are you looking for “energetic” colors to paint the walls of your home or do you prefer neutral, decidedly more sober and relaxing tones? Regardless of your choice, know that you cannot start your project without first identifying the best color scheme that fits your home and your lifestyle. So … colors yes, but … let’s see how best to match them!

Are you ready? Let’s begin!
Which colors capture your look when you go shopping, go shopping or browse through a magazine? Are there any shades that you tend, perhaps unknowingly, to seek? Do you have a favorite color? Surely. Well, once you have identified these trends, try to create a combination of colors and find the compatible colors.

There are so many types of colors …
There are active, passive or neutral colors, each of which elicits different reactions in people.

Active colors such as yellow and red tend to “activate” a room, which makes them suitable for offices and kitchens.

Passive colors, such as blue, green and purple, create a relaxing background ideal for bedrooms.

Neutral colors, such as browns, beiges, grays, whites and blacks, are intermediate colors that do not cause any strong reaction, either positive or negative. For this reason they are perfect for painting “connecting” rooms (corridors, small entrances, etc.) and create a minimalist palette capable of reproducing the nuances of nature or attenuating other colors.

Each room corresponds to a color
Each room has some specific features that cannot be overlooked: I’m talking about its size, the floors, the windows present, and so on. When choosing a color, keep these details in mind, so as to highlight them with the choice of the right shades.

Passive colors tend to make small spaces seem larger.

Active colors make a room seem warmer and more intimate.

Use a white paint on the ceiling to visually increase its height.

Also, make sure that the basic furnishings, artwork and accessories support the color scheme you’ve chosen!

Colors yes, colors no
Once you’ve chosen the color of the main wall, use the color wheel to create an interesting color scheme for your room.

Usually we work on the chosen color using shades. The decoration with colors within the same tonal range is common and is also very elegant. If you are looking for a shock effect, instead, combine your color with its opposite on the wheel. The three main shades (red, yellow and blue) are enhanced by secondary tones (green, orange and purple).

Warning! Remember that the color of the walls influences the atmosphere of a room and that too much color can even be annoying! So choose well looking for a middle ground between what you want to express and what you want the room to send you.

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The technical advice for whitewashing is the same for all environments: if they are empty rooms, proceed with speed and do not get dirty; if on the contrary they are furnished rooms, it is better to waste some time at the beginning covering everything well with plastic maxi-sheets to avoid the splashes of paint: in this way the final cleaning operations will be faster. If you want to know which tools you can’t absolutely do without, read here ( “What it takes to paint at home” ).

The difference between the various environments lies in the use of colors, so much so that there are numerous studies on this subject. In environments where relaxation is sought, such as bedrooms, it is preferable to use pastel shades; for children you can also opt for stronger colors, while for offices you use a little of everything depending on the message you want to communicate.

It is also possible to create walls of different colors, tone on tone or in contrast, using even a beautiful wallpaper on a single wall. Finally, there is the possibility of adding real decorations, such as Venetian stuccos, glazes and much more. The offer is really wide and Italsir has all the necessary tools for each application: browse our catalog to learn more!

BRUSHES FOR FINE ARTS AND OIL PAINTING: SOME TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

Do you want to make amazing paintings that leave your friends breathless? Know that the key to doing this lies not only in your skills and your experience as an artist, but also in the tools you use.Usually, quality materials translate into quality paintings. There is no way to reverse this fact! So … don’t you think the time has come to invest in your art?

The most important tool when dealing with oil painting is the brush. That’s why we decided to turn this post into a little guide thanks to which you can learn how to identify a quality brush, the various types of brushes and their use, and finally how to clean the brushes correctly.

First of all … a good oil paint brush is:

– the one that keeps its shape after being loaded with color;

– what returns to its original shape after each stroke.

In general, for larger backgrounds you can use a simple brush with bristles. However, when you are ready to add the finer details, we recommend switching to a smaller brush made from ox hair or marten.

Choose a “size”
You have already noticed that each number has a number associated with it. This indicates the size of the brush. When choosing the size of the brush, keep in mind how big the canvas you are working on. A big brush will be better suited for a large canvas, right?

Brush shapes
Plate: The flat brushes are rectangular in shape. They are the most versatile brush model when working with oil paint: they can in fact be used flat or cut, thus producing both wide and narrow strokes.

Cat’s tongue: it is similar to the flat brush, except for rounded corners. Use it when you want to get a softer edge.

Round: it is used for details and finishes, the line is soft. Most likely you will not use it for an entire painting.

Fan: used for staining, shading and glazing effects.

Fine art brushes usually have long handles because they are made to paint vertically with the brush held horizontally: the longer handle offers more balance.

How to clean brushes
The cleaning of an oil paint brush is very different from that for a brush used for watercolors or tempera. Instead of water, brushes should be cleaned with a solution known as “turpentine” or turpentine.

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Fine art brushes are a world of their own.

In the past the brushes made with the finest bristles, such as ox hair, marten hair and skunk were the most sought after by artists: in fact, they are of such a softness that the application of the oil color is in any case perfect! Today there are various types of brushes made with synthetic fibers, from the most expensive to the most economical: they have perfectly replaced the old natural bristles improving the application and … resulting more advantageous for the artist’s wallet!

When you start an oil painting, being able to count on quality brushes is extremely important, but it’s not the only thing to worry about. We told you about the shape of the brush, its cleanliness, but for more information on the other materials you need, entrusted to Italsir. By purchasing an Italsir brush you will have a product made with the best raw materials and studied in detail: browse our catalog to choose your most suitable workmate!

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