how to paint an ombre wall at home

We’ve gotten an amazing response from the ombré walls in our stores + catalog this summer! How’d you like one of your own? It’s actually easier than you think. Here are two different ways to recreate the look at home.

how to paint ombre wall

1. THE SINGLE-COLOR OMBRE WALL (For smaller accent walls.)

• Choose a dark paint color with plenty shade to fade.
• Paint the bottom half of your wall with a thick band of paint.
• While the wall is still wet, use a spray bottle of water to thin the top quarter of paint.
• Use a large natural sea sponge to spread and pat the paint up the wall.
• Gather more paint as needed from the middle and bottom parts of the wall, using your sponge to blend the color as you go.

west elm ombre wall painting

painting an ombre wall how to west elm

2. THE MULTI-COLOR OMBRE WALL (For larger walls.)

• Choose three shades in a common palette: one dark, one medium, and one light.
• Cover the entire wall in the lightest color, then paint the bottom quarter of the wall in the darkest shade.
• Paint two more bands of color above this: one stripe with the medium paint, and one stripe with a lighter blend of medium + light paint.
• While your wall is still wet, take a dry paint brush and blend the borders between colors until they become a light-to-dark work of art.

west elm ombre wall
paint an ombre wall at home ombre wall west elm

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RobbieD Lauterjung

May 27, 2013

I love this!!


May 27, 2013

this is such an adorable idea! I’m moving into a new place soon, and I cannot wait to try this technique while painting!


May 29, 2013

This looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it inin my bedroom


June 13, 2013

Where is the gray painting from?


June 13, 2013

love this AND the couch!

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