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The Ombre Effect for Walls

The Ombre Effect
The Ombre Effect
Sherwin-Williams

Looking for more than just a fresh coat of paint for your walls? Why not try applying the ombre effect. Ombre is a French term meaning “to shade” or transitioning of one color, from a lighter shade to the darker shade, or vise-versa, while remaining within the same color group. It’s like viewing a paint chip with multiply colors in a group. Then imagine blending those colors together. Ombre had been used only in the beauty industry but now the trend is becoming common for interior designs. Ombre creates a subtle and unique effect for any space from traditional to modern, and adds character to drab spaces. If you’re really creative, ombre works great on fabrics for window coverings, bed coverings, and trims.

Techniques Tips for the Ombre Effect on Walls

  • Select at least three colors from your pick of a paint chip card.
  • Since darker colors feel heavier, consider using the darkest color at the lowest point of the wall, working upward to lighter shades.
  • Make sure the paint and glaze is mixed properly in order to achieve the right consistency.
  • Practice on a piece of cardboard to get the feel of applying the correct pressure of the brush strokes to achieve your look.
  • Using painters tape, paint over a small area, quickly remove the tape and lightly brush over the paint line to soften the color.
  • Make sure to gradually change the color for the ombre-effect. Otherwise, you may end up with a color-blocked wall instead.

The process is simply but very time consuming so patience is required. But the out-come is worth it. You'll have a beautiful stunning room, which you created, with your own personality and style.