What Paint Colors Mixed Together Make Khaki?

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Dictionary.com defines khaki as a "dull yellowish-brown." Often a vague term used to describe various light shades of an earth-toned olive to yellowish-brown, khakis are most often associated with the color of some military uniforms.

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Complementary Colors

The basic color of brown is easily made by mixing complementary colors that are opposite from each other on the color wheel. After a shade of brown is made, add in some white to lighten the shade to a more khaki tone.

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Orange and Blue

The complementary colors orange and blue make the best brown for a khaki color. Use more orange and slowly add in the blue. Adding more blue darkens the brown. Mix white in the brown to make khaki.

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Green and Red

The complementary colors red and green make a darker brown, which can be mixed in with a lot of white to severely lighten the color.

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Yellow and Purple

The complementary colors yellow and purple make a muddier brown. A large amount of white must be added to change the color to a light tan.

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A small amount of yellow and/or green can be added to a light tan color to create various tones of khaki. A pre-mixed brown paint, such as a raw umber or ochre, can be mixed with white for a quicker khaki mixture.

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