If you’re looking for an affordable way to add some dramatic flair and personality to your favourite room in the house, look no further than ombre walls.
First of all, you might be wondering “what is an ombre wall?” Basically, the simple effect begins with a single paint color and gradually into another. This creates a sort of watery, dreamy effect and it slips from one colour to the next.
If it sounds complicated, don’t worry. It’s not as hard to perfect this as one might think. The one thing you must do to make it easy-peasy is prep the wall and paints. You will do this before you start creating the ombre effect. Once the paint colors are on the wall, you will quickly blend them with a dry brush before the paints dry.
We’re going to give you a step-by-step rundown of how to do this as easily as possible, while still retaining all of that magic you wanted to create in the first place.
First, you’ll need to choose your three colours. (For an average bedroom wall, you should get one gallon of each colour)
Then, you will need: Tape measure, Paint roller, Paint tray and liners, Wide paintbrush
To get started, you will need to paint a base coat to prime the wall. To make the look as smooth as possible, wipe down the wall before you paint. Start with the lightest shade of the three you have chosen, and paint the entire wall. Let it dry.
Next, divide your wall into three equal sections. If we’re going to have a stunning ombre effect, we need to measure three sections on the wall. Mark each one lightly with pencil. The lightest colour will be on the top section, and the darkest colour will go at the bottom, leaving the third colour of your choosing for the center.
After you have painted your lightest colour over the entire wall, and penciled your lines, you will paint the middle section. Paint the middle portion with the second-lightest color, and be sure to leave six inches of room between the edges of each section. After the paint has been applied, and before it dries, hold a dry brush at a 45 degree angle to blend.
Paint the darkest colour at the bottom section. Apply your darkest colour and be sure to leave 12 inches between that coat and the lighter shade above it.
Time to mix and blend. In a new and clean paint tray, mix your lightest color and your middle shade at a ratio of 50/50. Use this new shade to blend the six inch space between the lightest (top) and second (middle) colour. Then, take a dry brush and hold it at an angle, quickly blend in an upward motion until you meet the next colour section.
Mix and blend your final colour. In a new paint tray, mix the darkest colour and your middle shade at a ratio of 50/50. Use this second new shade to blend the 12 inch space between the darkest and middle color. Then, same as before, take a dry brush and hold it at an angle, quickly blend in an upward motion until you meet the middle color section.
Finally, blend it all together. To get the desired level of ombre you have imagined, continue to brush the three sections together.
This ombre trend has definite staying power. It’s gone from classic art techniques, to the walls of our homes, and the trend keeps coming back again and again. Why? Because it is eternally mesmerizing and timeless.