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The ombre wall how-to!

08 June 18 Author:Michelle Gaffaney


The ombre paint effect is where one tone gradually fades into another tone of the same colour. The effect creates a big impact but it’s actually easy to paint your own ombre wall – and you don’t need much more than a few cans of paint, some paint brushes, and rollers.


  • Tape measure
  • Pencil/chalk
  • Wide paint brush or paint roller
  • Paint (in two shades)
  • Two paint trays


Before you start painting, use a tape measure and either a pencil or some chalk to mark the points where you want your colour to start changing. Think about what would work best in your room. If your space is small, start fading your first colour about three quarters up your wall, this will create the illusion of a higher ceiling.


Start with the top section. Using a roller or a wide paint brush, paint downwards with your lightest colour across the whole width of your wall until, at last, you hit your marked meeting point. Before the paint dries, take your second colour and paint the top of the lower section, keeping the edge where they meet uneven.

Top tip: For the results, choose two colours that are similar in tone as these will be easiest to blend, or slowly add a colour to a large pot of white paint to darken it gradually (the downside to this is that you can’t predict how dark your darkest shade will be).


Using upwards and criss-cross strokes, start to blend the the borders between the two colours before they completely dry. The more you work, the more graduated the ombre effect will become, so keep going over the border until you achieve the look you want. Carefully apply more of either of your colours if you need to improve the blended look.

Top tip: Practice the effect on a small section of wall before you do a whole room. If you pick an area behind a sofa, for example, you can paint over it and it won’t be noticeable. (realhomes)

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Michelle Gaffaney
Michelle Gaffaney - Architectural Director
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