I went to visit my friend last week, she and her husband just moved into their own home and they were having their house warming so we went to celebrate with her. While she was taking us around her home I came across a room with two shades of the same colour on the wall.
It was unlike anything I had ever seen in anybody’s home so I was very drawn to it. When I asked her about it she said it was called an Ombre Wall. She said it was her interior designer that showed her and she was so impressed that with it she knew she had to have it in her house.
Ombre is a blending of colours to create a fading effect. When talking interior paints, it’s basically blending 2 or more colours on a wall. The ombre look starts with the lightest colour at the top, which blends into the medium value colour, which blends into the darkest hue at the bottom of the wall. It is usually used to create an accent wall in the home.
The first step to creating an Ombre wall is picking the colours to mix together, the best bet is to use different hues of the same colour for instance if you want to use the colour purple, you can mix Sandtex Easter Violet and Plum Splendor. Starting from the lightest shade to the darkest shade.
If you are a DIY like me, here are a few tips on how to paint an ombre wall;
-Paintbrush and paint roller
- Using your pencil and measuring tape, separate your wall into a minimum of three or four equal sections depending on how many colours you would like to use.
- Before you can start painting, decide which way to direct the flow of colour. Transitioning from dark to light makes the ceiling seem higher and the space appear larger. However, a transition from light to dark can make a large room feel cosier.
- Make sure your wall is clean and dry then coat with Sandtex Primer. When the paint has dried, use a small paintbrush to paint around the base of your wall using your darkest shade of paint. Use your lightest shade of paint to cut in around the ceiling.
- Prepare all the paint trays you would need in advance. Pour each of your original paint colours into its own tray. Then, using your measuring cup, mix a third colour by combining the first two shades in equal parts.
- Roll the bottom-third of your wall with the darkest shade, the top-third with your lightest shade and the centre-third with your custom-mixed colour.
- With a large, dry paintbrush, immediately begin blending the boundaries between each colour using large “x” strokes.
- Leave a couple of inches between each colour for blending. This will ensure that the transition effect is gradual and that the boundaries between colours are not obvious.
- Paint blends best when wet.
- Good blending requires a dry brush. Keep extra paintbrushes on hand, and change them
out as needed.