How to Paint an Ombre Wall

by Quinn Larson

There is something innately soothing about a harmonious blending of colors. We find color gradients everywhere in nature from the skies at sunrise, leaves turning in autumn, to the beautiful concealment patterns in animal furs. Perhaps this is why ombre effects have gained such popularity- infiltrating the design world, popping up on everything from walls, to clothing, furnishings and art pieces. This entry will outline the material and steps necessary to paint an ombre wall of your very own.

Materials:

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3” paint brushes

Rollers

Paint trays

Paint colors

Bucket (for water)

Painters tape

Paper towels

The number of paint trays, rollers and colors you’ll need will depend on how many colors you’d like to blend. Our wall features two colors, however, you can blend one color into your current wall color, or do multiple colors together.

Step 1: Prep your wall

Clean your wall’s surface with a cleanser or soap and water mixture. Allow to dry. Apply painters tape around trim, walls and ceiling to define your working space.

Step 2: Measure your walls

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You’ll need to decide where you’d like your colors to mix on your wall. The colors can mix at any length on your wall, we measured our wall to mix at the halfway point. If you are using more than two colors, you will need to measure and mark where each color will mix.

Step 3: Paint Colors

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Pour and roll out your first color to your blending mark. Allow to dry. Apply second coat if necessary/desired. Allow to dry.

Repeat Step 3 for additional colors. Move on to step 4 when all colors have been painted.

Step 4: Prepare to begin blending

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To blend your colors you will need a brush for each color and one to blend the two colors with water. Secure the number of brushes needed and fill a bucket with an inch or so of water. Paper towels are good to have on hand to absorb excess water from your blending brush.

Step 5: Apply color

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You will need to work quickly across your wall to blend the two colors. Dip your paint brushes into their respective colors. Begin by painting one color 12” or so above or below your color division line.

Step 6: Blend your colors

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Dip your blending brush into the water. Blot the brush so it is not dripping with water. Blend the edge of the color you just applied up/down the wall over the other color. The idea is to thin the color so it seems to fade into the other color.

Step 7: Continue blending

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Apply the second the color over the top edge of the first color and blend with a wet blending brush. Bring some of this color down below the division line and blend with a wet blending brush.

Step 8: Finish your effect

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Continue to work across your wall, blending the two colors until you are satisfied with how it looks. Allow the paint to dry. Remove tape and enjoy.

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Featured colors: Pagoda† T16-02, Coralette† T16-07

Colorfully yours,

-Quinn

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