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The Vintage Palette Match

Vintage colors can range from vibrant retro diner scenes (Happy Days) to more subdued and muted tones captured on film cameras. When considering vintage 'anything', there is such diversity in color choice.

Have you ever had problems when trying to match that perfect color to paint a room or a piece of furniture?

The beauty of our modern era affords us the ability to create wonderful tones through a variety of sources including (but not limited to) a computer-generated color system as seen at the right of this gorgeous sunny picture below.

My Favourite Vintage Color Palette

(obviously I call it Vintage Violet)

Explaining the Color Code Numbers

The exact value of computer-generated color is determined by a couple of color schemes such as:

  • RGB (which has values between 0-255 for red, green and blue)

  • HEX (the same red, green and blue values, except in hexadecimal numbers)

  • CMYK (values between 0-255 for cyan, magenta, yellow and black)

  • HSB (which stands for Hue, Saturation, and Brightness)

Here's the kicker - We have access to get that perfect color through matching software.

ColorZilla is an awesome extension to Chrome or Edge or Firefox and enables you to pick the perfect color through an 'eye-dropper' extension. This cool color picker gives you the exact values in the formats above. All you then need to do then is "RUN Forest, RUN" down to your paint shop and give them the value - voila!

What has that to do with the Vintage Palette? Everything and nothing - depends on what you're looking for. You can capture any formula for the Vintage Palette by understanding the info below - keep reading. I used this nifty little color picker to determine the palette values above - have a go, it's fun!

Try This

Look at this gorgeous scene below and check out the color match - go on, have some fun with this and other pictures you love - it will expand your vision when looking at a painting subject.

This is what I could see - there are so many more colors in this picture

Color Hex for Magnolia Scene
Download PDF • 28KB

Try it out on your favourite things to paint or design and let me know what you find.


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