Colours of the world Ombré style


After reading the Sunday papers recently, it seems that interiors this spring are going to be bold and bright.  Not only with the colours of the soft furnishings, but with the colours we have chosen to use on the walls and furniture too. And for those of you feeling really bold you might be interested in an old decorating style making a comeback called ‘Ombré’.

The word Ombré is a French term meaning ‘shaded’.  It is usually associated to a selection of colours graded in tone from the same colour family from light to dark.

For those of us that wear eye make up, we associate putting on different colours and blending contrasting shades, but this has now progressed to painting walls and wall papers, and can be achieved by blending similar paint tones and colours together.

Perhaps a good example of the use of Ombré paint work would be in a child’s bedroom, where you could paint a garden/green field graduating through from the land to the sky.

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Ombré paint effects stand out in rooms that are taller and have a wide expanse of wall.  It can act as a focal point on one wall and if blues are painted together it can give the feel of the sea.  The colour you choose can affect your mood so always pick what suits your home and mood best.

How do you paint an Ombré wall?

If you would like to achieve the new multi-tone look on a wall in your home this is what you need to do:
1.   Choose colours that you feel comfortable with, they may relate to anything that inspires you, it maybe a piece of material, a trinket or the colours in the sky.

2.    Choose four shades of colour all from the same colour family.  1 x light, 1 x dark and 2 x in-between shades.

3.  Measure the length of the wall and roughly mark out evenly how wide you want your painted strips of colour to be.

4.  Paint the whole wall in the lightest shade you have chosen.

5.  Next paint a stripe of the darkest colour onto the wall either top to bottom or side to side, whichever way around you want it  to be. Use a roller to spread the paint out evenly.

6.  Next, paint the next darkest shade of paint in a strip beside the other dark colour. Use a dry paint brush to blend the two colours together, work in the same direction with each stroke and blend carefully. If the paint is drying before you can blend it in to the previous colour, work in smaller sections.

7. Lastly add the final lightest colour in a strip on the wall and again blend the shades together with the brush.

Ombré’s come in many shapes and styles from diamond patterns, to chevrons and fish scales.  We hope that this has inspired you to have a go.

We would love to see a picture of the wall you have painted Ombré style.  Tell us about the colours you have chosen to use, what inspired you to use the colour combination?

If you are looking for inspiration, we have a new section on our Pinterest page about “Windows on your “World” which might help?  There you will find a selection of beautiful scenes taken by our staff, customers and the general public. Why not take a look and let us know what you think?



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