6 Steps In Creating Your Own Ombre Effect Wall

by Beverly

Ombre is a French word that means “shaded”, where colours gradually blend from one into another, but usually lighter into darker or vice versa. This design style has taken popular culture by storm, often showing up in hair styles, graphic illustration, and interior decorating.

In the 19th century, the use of Ombre effects was often applied for textile designs.

Today it has become one of the most favourable treatments to adopt in home décor. This effect is not only applied in interior design alone, but used in a wide range of products such as fabrics, glassware, tiles, and more.

You can start with two colours first, and when more experienced you can move on to more colours of your choice. For best results, try to stay within a colour’s palette.

How to create Ombre:

1. Choose well.

Keep in mind when selecting your paint, that Ombre means going from a lighter shade to a darker one. So, go with colours that can blend well together.

 2.Prepare your supplies before you start.

Start off on the right footing without having to constantly interrupt yourself every time you need something (that you don’t already have near you).

 3.Tape off unwanted areas.

Using sticky tape to prevent painting areas you don’t want getting paint on will save you a lot of frustration!

4.Mark the blend locations.

Remember to allocate allowance for blending between each colour. This space left in between each colour is crucial for the colours to blend but don’t have too much, considering the need to paint fast when blending the colours together before the paint dries. Ideally, leave around 1 inch of space between each colour choice.

5.Roll out your paint.

Remember to paint the base colour first which is usually the lightest tone in your paint selection. Work in sections at a time. If you are using 2 or more colours, you will need to mix the first two colours together, then the second and third colours, and so forth for the blending part. Mix them as you go. When fusing the colours together, use them while the paint is wet. It would be hard to merge colours when the paint has dried.

6.All Done.

After all is done, leave it to dry off.

The Parisian apartment was designed by Ramy Fischler’s firm, RF Studio. (rom Paul Graves for AD Magazine via Yatzer)


Inspired by Rejuvenation’s Faceted Butte Pendant


Photography by Daniel Collopy


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Nothing beats colour blending on your plain old walls. Something new and different will make huge changes to the whole outlook in your room.








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