How to Paint Your Favorite Team’s Colors

If you’re looking to paint your room or a child’s room a specific color, there is a proper way to go about it. If you want to paint it a recognizable color, you need to do some research before you make that leap. For example, the crimson of the Alabama Crimson Tide is very distinct from the maroon of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. However, they’re pretty close on the color wheel. So, if you just walk into a store with your favorite jersey, you might end up with a color that doesn’t actually look like your team. That shirt could have faded or could even be unauthorized gear which doesn’t have the specific color. The key is in the surface, the gloss, and the hexadecimal.

The Hexadecimal

There are several different kinds of color codes. Hexadecimal codes are often used for computer codes. YPbPr, also known as “yippers”, is the type of code that was in use for early computer applications. For example, if you were looking for the colors used in the early Super Mario Bros. video games, they were likely on a YPbPr system.

Every team and licensed property has a hexadecimal code for their specific hue. It can be input into a computer to reproduce the specific color you need. You should look up any licensed source for the hexadecimal code. If you can’t find an official source, there are websites that provide hexadecimal codes. You should have your local hardware store mix you a sample of that color to make sure it is right for you. You should apply the color to the surface because that’s nearly as important.


The surface you use is going to be important. It will provide the base for the paint. So, if you are trying to mix a light color but you use a dark primer, it might darken the finished paint. Alternately, you’ll need more coats to fully cover the primer. Also, drywall soaks up paint differently than wood or other surfaces. So, if you apply a coat of latex paint, the amount of absorption will affect the color after application. Remember, you’ll probably have to spend some time prepping the surface for paint.


The gloss of the paint matters as well. It will change how much light is reflected. That won’t necessarily make the paint look darker or brighter, but certain teams like their colors to be more muted. For example, the New Orleans Saints tend to use a satin for their gold accents; the Green Bay Packers, on the other hand, trend towards glossier yellows.

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