Decorating trend alert: Using ombre and graduating colour

Ombre paint project

Ombre is an emerging trend in both interior design and fashion, but what is it and how can you use it in your home?

What is ombre?

Ombre refers to graduating colour, or colour fading from dark to light. Ombre can refer to shades of the same colour, such as a deep blue graduating to a light blue, or can be used in a more dramatic way to show one colour graduating into another.

Ombre became popular in hair styling a few years ago, when we saw a rise in the  ‘dip dye’ look, with colour graduated from brown at the roots to blonde at the tips.

The word ombre is also being used to describe a two tone look – where there may not be a graduation between the two colours but the item shows two distinct tones or colours.

How can ombre be used in the home?

There are two ways that you can bring the trend for ombre into your home. You can a) buy one of the many gorgeous accessories or textiles that are ready made and waiting for you to purchase or b) you can make your own!

How about adding an ombre vase or plant pot? A quick internet search will show you many mainstream retail outlets selling ombre vases…or you can make your own for a fraction of the price.

Steps to create your own ombre vase

  1. Plan your project! Think about the colours you would like to use – do you want a subtle look with a few graduating shades of grey? Or would two colours with a significant contrast give you the stand out look that you want to create? Do you need masking tape for a sharp line or would you rather hand paint a line or buy/mix a third colour to blend the two?
  2. Prepare to paint! Ensure that your surfaces are protected and that you have all of the tools and equipment that you need.
  3. Does the surface need preparation before painting? If you hare painting a shiny surface it may need a primer first to ensure that the paint will stick. If the surface is dirty or uneven does it need sanding or cleaning first?
  4. Paint your first colour. We chose Deep Adam Green and Antique Gold, so we knew that the Metallic Paint would cover any green that was underneath. We also wanted an organic line, so painted freehand rather than marking out the line. If you want something more linear or geometric, mask the line first, then paint.
  5. Leave the colour to dry, or work with the next colour straight away? If you want to create a look like ours where the tone isn’t graduated, leave the first colour to dry. If you are graduating colours, working while they are wet will allow you to blend the edges.
  6. Paint on your second colour. If you are graduating and using three colours, continue on to the third. If you creating a look like ours, you are done – leave the paint to dry!
  7. Clean up – wash equipment before the paint dries, as waterbased paint simply washes out with water. If you see any uneven edges, you can smooth them with a wet cloth.

Projects like this one are easy to do and cost effective to achieve, as you can use sample pots of your favourite colours. The beauty of creating your own is that it will be a one off piece!

Start choosing colours:

 view all of our paint colours here

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