Paint is a very powerful tool in decorating and design: whether you are decorating a whole building, designing the walls and floors of your house, decorating an object, or coloring your face; paint always comes in handy and ready to help.
Paint can do a lot of things since it has the capability of making things look totally different. A once gloomy room can be brightened up by painting the walls with a light colors and adding some drawings or other decor. An object can look totally different after it is painted.
These examples mentioned are merely illustrations of ways to camouflage with paint. Camouflage can be defined in many ways; but essentially, it means trying to conceal the identity of something by blending it into the surroundings so that it becomes less noticeable.
Paint comes in different colors and shades - there are more than a thousand available to choose from. It is now easier for designers and their clients to pick the exact shade they desire. If the right color is not found, paint can always be mixed to achieve just the color.
With the right choice of color, designers are able to achieve solutions that create a mood, camouflage flaws, and enhance appearance
- When designers want to set the right mood for an area, the purpose of the area should be determined first. A sleeping room would require a different color choice than a work area.
- If painting a house, it is preferable that one color is used for the entire structure; the may be a contrasting color. This will create harmony and allows for continuity.
- Flaws are always present; they often cannot be avoided, but we can do something to hide them. This is when camouflage may be used. For example, if the ceiling of the room is too high, a darker paint will make it appear lower. If you want to create the image of a larger space in a small room, paint the walls with lighter colors. For large cold rooms, painting them with warm colors like orange, red or pink will make it appear warm and cozy.
Here are some more examples where camouflaging with paint can be used:
- If you are painting your bedroom, it is nice to blend the wall color with the linens and sheets that you use. You can also decorative paint patterns that match the prints or color of most of the linens but don't over-do it because it might be distracting.
- If the floor has been damaged, you can paint it with a color that matches or contrasts with the current wall color. Add a faux tile design for a more realistic look.
- If the pieces of a dining set do not match, paint the table and chairs with a single cohesive color to create a unified effect
- Old frames can still be used by painting them with a color that blends with the color of the wall where they will be hung.
- Classic wood furniture can look new again by applying paint that matches the color of the room or a paint that is close to the shade of the original material.
- Camouflage is not just used when painting structures and their interiors. Some actors and performers use body paint on their faces and bodies to enable them portray a character; it can also be used as a mask itself, in lieu of wearing a mask.
- Some artists or painters use a human body as their canvass to showcase their work. An example of camouflage body painting is when a person is painted to blend with a background so he cannot be recognized at all.