Tuesday, May 21, 2024

How to make brown color? – A guide for kids!

Brown is one of the most common colors we typically see around us. It is a symbol of beauty and natural warmth. It is commonly related to the colors of fall and winter. We see it everywhere, from wood, soil, and landscapes to human hair and eye color. Some food items come in brown as well. Many people perceive it as a color of style, consistency, trustworthiness, protection, and healing. There are many different shades of brown, such as light brown or dark brown, that can be obtained by mixing a variety of colors. Let’s find out how to make brown!

How to make brown colors?

Brown Can Be Made From Three Different Colors:

  • Primary colors.
  • Secondary colors.
  • Complementary colors. 

A brown color can be created by combining a few colors from the color wheel ranging from red to yellow. One of the simple tricks to making brown is to add two primary colors, for instance, red and green, or two primary colors, let’s say blue, with a secondary color, orange. However, it is also possible to determine the intensity of the colors because some colors cancel each other’s effects and increase or decrease the brightness and intensity of each other. In addition, getting a brown color is quite easy by mixing a variety of color combinations, but getting an exact shade takes some effort and perfection.

Let’s Make brown

It is easy and simple to make brown by mixing only two colors. But for this, there is a need to understand the basics of color theory to get the desired color palette. A visual list to know what two colors make up brown is given below:

  • When we combine red and blue they will make purple
  • Mixing of blue and yellow colors will make green
  • A combination of yellow and red will make orange
  • Consequently, purple, green, and orange become secondary colors.

Now, to make brown from two colors, mix one secondary color with its complementary primary color. That is, if you mix purple and yellow, green and red, and orange and blue, you will get brown:

  • Purple + Yellow = Brown
  • Green + Red = Brown
  • Orange + Blue = Brown

To create a lighter shade of brown, use opaque white to make the necessary adjustments.

How to make dark brown color

It is possible to create a dark effect by adding black or purple. It will create a chocolate brown color. if someone is using red, yellow, and blue, then they can add more red and blue than yellow. For a darker tone, it will be good to mix red with ultramarine blue or black. 

Many expert artists recommend that if someone is adding black or purple to get dark brown, they must understand the difference between the results obtained by adding both colors. For instance, adding black will create a smoother look and feel. It will make a brighter mixture as compared to adding purple. 


If there is a need to draw the bark of a tree, a brick, or a tree in sunlight or paint a shine in old wood, these primary colors can be used to obtain a reddish-blackish-brown shade with more or less white.

Abu Bakar
Abu Bakar
Abubakar is a writer and digital marketing expert. Who has founded multiple blogs and successful businesses in the fields of digital marketing, software development. A full-service digital media agency that partners with clients to boost their business outcomes.


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