An ombre wall treatment begins with a single paint color and slowly melts into another, creating a dreamy, water-colored effect as it covers the spectrum between two colors. Sound complicated? It’s not as hard to pull off as you might think. The trick is to prep the wall and paints 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.
Choose Two Colors That Blend Well
Choosing shades that blend well can be tricky, especially if you hope to fade from one color into another. If you’re not sure which colors will work, try consulting a color wheel. Analogous colors, or colors that share a single base color and sit beside one another on the color wheel, will always blend well. Choose two adjacent shades on the color wheel for a subtle effect. If you’re looking for a more dramatic result, skip one shade, and choose the colors on either side.
If you’re planning on sticking to variations of a single color, you’ll need to choose a light shade and a dark shade of that color. Keep in mind that the greater the difference in colors, the more dramatic the result.
For example, for a soft, soothing effect, you can pair a pale pastel with a medium hue of another color, or choose a single shade of paint to blend with white. If you prefer a bold look, go a little deeper into the spectrum, starting with a pale-to-medium shade and finishing with something a little richer.
Here are some gorgeous examples sure to give you inspiration, scroll to the end for the video tutorial