How to Lower the Brightness of a Color Painting

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Lowering the brightness of a color painting is something you can accomplish with a few different techniques. Lower the brightness of a color painting with help from a passionate interior designer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Erica Lugbill and I'm an interior designer in Chicago. I own Lugbill Designs which is a high end residential remodeling and interior design firm. Today, I'm going to be covering how to lower the brightness of a color painting. Whether you're working on a painting at home or you've purchased a painting they're are couple of different techniques you can use to kind of dull down the color and make it work better with your decor. This painting here I'm using to show you this nice aged effect. How we created the effect this painting is to use steel wool and when the paints wet you just rub the painting in different spots to dull down the color and give it that aged look and pull the color of the canvas through the painting. Another option is to use a sponge and wet the sponge and then soak up some of the paint over the canvas when the paint is still wet. On a painting that you've purchased you can try ether using the steel wool and see what happens depending on the finish of the painting that could work to pull off some of the color. You could also try using sandpaper that could also help dull up and rough up the painting for you. And then another option would be to take a brown paint and then dilute it with water and then brush that over your current painting and that will dull down the painting and help make it more muted and work better with your space. Thanks for watching my video. I hope you found these steps helpful. To see more of my work go to


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