We have previously introduced you hottest wall colour trends and home decor trends for the year 2016. But as you might notice, modern interior design in the UK is refreshed with a new trend, unconventional paint effect, called ombre. We will show you in 5 steps, how to paint ombre properly for gradual and soft wall effect.

Five steps to ombre wall

Choose right ombre colours

Choosing shades that will work together well and will over-fade in a smooth way is a little bit risky. If you want to be sure about ombre colours that will look fabulous together, try the colour wheel. Colour shades sharing a single base colour and situated closely on the wheel, will always blend well. For more dramatic and extravagant effect, skip one or two colours on the wheel and try colour shades on both sides. If you prefer one wall colour in variations, choose the light shade and dark shade of one colour. According to your design preference and personality, try soft effect by pairing pastel with medium shade or pastel shade with simple white, or try bold look by choosing medium with rich colour shade.


Paint white basecoat

For the appropriate base of an ombre effect, start painting the wall white. Paint the whole wall and wait until it´s dry. Don´t try to fool this step and look for a paint of a very good quality. After a few years, you´ll appreciate this money saving decision.


Create wall sections

Using your tape measure and pencil, divide your wall into a three equal sections. If you are planning to work with more than two shades, create more sections. The more contrast shades of colour used, the more wall sections required. In a case of really bold and different ombre colours, feel free to draw even six – seven lines for a gradual colour change.


 Ombre colour flow

You have to choose which way to direct your ombre effect. In a large and spacy room, the transition from light to darker makes room homier. In opposite case of a small room, the transition from dark to light colour shade makes the troom larger and ceiling higher.


Paint ombre wall

If you have decided for a three sectional ombre, prepare three paint trays and pour two original paint colours into its own tray. In the third tray create a new third mixed colour by combining the first two colours (in equal parts). Use the first shade on the bottom-third of your wall and second shade on top-third. Mixed colour should be applied on centre-third of the wall. Ensure, that the paint is still wet and begin blending boundaries between colours with the large dry paintbrush using „X“ strokes.

In a multi wall-sectional model, just prepare more trays and paintbrushes and create mixed colours for every boundary on the wall.


Tips for painting ombre

  • Paint blends when wet and work in smaller sections.
  • Leave a few inches for colour blending and gradual transition effect.
  • You need a dry brush for proper blending.
  • Don´t use latex and other fast drying paints. Use instead oil-based paint, which dries slower.

What will you need?


  • Three medium-sized rollers

  • Three large paint trays

  • Pencil

  • Tape measure

  • Ladder

  • Large mixing stick

  • Pale paint colour for basecoat

  • Two colours to create ombre effect

  • 4-inch brushes

  • 1.5-inch brush


If you nevertheless don´t feel confident to paint ombre wall by yourself, just call the professionals from Making World Beautiful and enjoy new home decoration.