How to Paint Ombre Walls
A rich gradient of colour that resembles a dramatic sunset of vibrant shades; nothing beats the statement of ombre walls.
Well known as a popular hair dying technique, fashionistas have taken this trend to a whole new level by applying it to all elements of life; clothing, makeup and of course home decor. A stunning cascading waterfall of colour will elongate your walls and wow your guests, yet you’d be so surprised by just how easy this painting method is.
Whether you choose two contrasting shades to merge together or two complementary colours, this ombre paint project is easy to recreate. All you need is tape, a paint roller, a large sponge and a bit of imagination. Here’s our fool-proof guide to painting ombre walls in your very own home:
1) Ensure your walls are ready for painting by taking a closer look. You’ll need to ensure that all of the wallpaper has been stripped and no remnants still linger. Make sure you take a look at our guide to painting walls, so you know you’re working with the best surface possible.
2) Split your wall into sections lengthwise, carefully draw lines across your wall in light pencil and cover over the line you’ve created with tape. Use a spirit level to make sure your lines are perfectly straight.
3) Once you’ve created each section, you’ll be able to calculate how many different shades you’ll need. Let’s use the above ocean-inspired image as an example…
Taking our Blue Suede Shoe paint and Oceana Blue paint by Kelly Hoppen, we can begin to make various gradually-changing shades with a little help from our Oakville white paint. What you’ll need to do is create a subtle change in shade for each section depending on how many horizontal stripes you’ve created. The image above has about 6 sections, the top stripe being larger than the others to balance out the colour.
Your top section would be plain white paint and the bottom would be your darkest blue shade. Each section in between should be a mixture of each shade to create a blend that gradually transitions to the next.
4) Once you’ve premixed your colours you can start from the bottom up. It’s vital that you do not paint all the sections at once as the paint will dry too quickly.
5) Once you’ve painted the two bottom sections, take off the strip of tape that separates them both. Grab a sponge and lightly add just a touch of both colours, layered on top of each other. You’ll only need a small bit of paint as too much will be too heavy to blend.
Dab the paint along the line that divides the two colours and keep blotting away with the sponge until a gentle blend appears that joins each colour together.
6) Once your first blend is done, you can gradually work your way up the wall using the same technique to create a subtle transition across the blank line you created with tape. It will take time to sponge down the subtle colour changes, but the finished look will certainly be something you will be proud of!
It doesn’t have to be the crashing blue waves of our original image that cast a gentle transitioning curtain across your walls. By using the exact same method, you can recreate the look with our Buddleia, Opium Essence and Oakville paint to create a dusky purple delight. Take your time and make sure you don’t layer too much paint on to the same area, as it may dry a little darker than the other patches.
Ombre walls are a stunning way to apply more colour in your home, and the gentle combination of dark and light shades make this look perfect for both summer and winter. Graham & Brown has an extensive paint collection, so you’re sure to find the exact colours you’ve been looking for.