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.

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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.

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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!

Alicia Stanley

June 14, 2013

I love this! I may try this in the long, boring hallway that I have been procrastinating painting. 🙂

Anna Parker

June 19, 2013

You can also use an 18in roller and put two colors in the pan for a smoother gradient, a trick I use when painting skies all the time 😉

Deborah D George

June 24, 2013

I think this is an awesome idea for hallways. A wonderful background for art and family portraits!

Carla K. Lopez

June 26, 2013

I have done sponge painting on some walls that came out looking great in the rooms, and this is somethings that I will certainly do in a couple of the other rooms as we finish with the make over of our house. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!


July 4, 2013

for those who like the couch and want to know about the blue room….west elm sells that exact couch….. here’s a link ^_^

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July 5, 2013

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Isabelle Ofume

July 6, 2013

Awesome instructions!

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July 16, 2013

Such a cool idea! I really love the multicolored ombre wall, so unique. Thanks for the great tutorial!


July 17, 2013

what is the thick surface under where you are applying the paint? how did you get that? i like that effect quite a lot, especially with the ombre on it.

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August 3, 2013

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September 19, 2013

I really love this! Everything sounds in a four step tutorial, lol SOO simple and easy! Just the way I like to MESS IT UP! Here’s the deal, before jumping in two feet full speed ahead, I will be using a practise paper or tiny canvas until I personally get the technique right! So excited! Approaching this on a mother material project today–thank you for the explanation!


October 29, 2013

I like it.very successful the blue wall

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November 12, 2013

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December 9, 2013

@ Barclay!

you can use gesso for texture (very simple to able to a canvas)


February 25, 2014

Thank you so much, this was the most simplest instructional example for wall Ombre painting ever!


March 3, 2014

my house looks like this anyway, think it’s rising damp though haha


March 9, 2014

Perfect , I’ll make at my room !

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Lisa Lang

May 25, 2014

I’m doing this ombre wall in my ocean styled bathroom as we speak! in the video you spray the cloth, but I don’t see you using it. what did you do with it? spray the cloth to move the wet paint at first, then use the sponge?

Nashedra Stargell

June 10, 2014


Ronaldo Furriell

June 24, 2014

Very nice idea ….i love thats….i work doing that foux painting too…

Francesca Houlbrooke

July 20, 2014

Do you let the yellow dry first?


November 10, 2014

I LOVE this! Going to do this to my son’s room next week! I have cream colored walls. Should they be painted white bf doing this project?


December 22, 2014

very nice painting.

Barrie J. Ritter

December 28, 2014

Yeah, I loved this too. But has anyone else tried getting it done? You have to be or have an onsite artist, because even an artistic painter can’t figure out how to do it. I spent $300 on paint and another $300 getting the master/sitting and bathroom painted white. That was a year ago. West Elm would not help me in the slightest. This is the biggest waste of time and money – and the most thoughtless misuse of your customers’ trust, West Elm.


March 4, 2017

I am going to do this on my walls in my room

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