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DIY: How to Paint an Ombre Wall

DIY: How to Paint an Ombre Wall

Leave the major painting projects to us, BUT, if you’re looking for a fun DIY project and want to give a wall some flair, here’s a quick guide on how to get started on your ombre wall on a budget.

  • 3 Gallons of 3 different paint colors of your choice
  • Tape measure
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray & liners
  • Wide paintbrush

Paint a Base Coat: For best results, wipe down or dust the wall you are going to paint. Choose the lightest shade of paint and begin by painting the entire wall this color.

This will give your other colors a fresh base of paint to go over, making an even surface for blending. Let it dry.

Divide the Wall Into Sections: To achieve an ombre look, measure three equal sections on your wall and mark lightly in pencil. The top section will be the lightest color. The darkest color goes at the bottom, leaving the third color for the center.

Start With Medium in the Middle: Paint the middle section with the second-lightest color, leaving 6" of room between the edges of each section. Hold a dry brush at a 45 degree angle to blend.

Apply the Darkest Hue at the Bottom: Paint the darkest hue at the bottom of the wall, leaving around a foot between color sections

Mix the First New Color: In a fresh paint liner, mix your lightest color and your middle shade at a ratio of half & half. Use this first new color blend to paint the 6" gap between the lightest and middle color. Taking a dry brush and holding it at an angle, quickly blend up until you meet the next color section.

Then...mix the Second New Color: In a fresh paint liner, mix your darkest color and your middle shade at a ratio of half and half. Use this second new color blend to paint the 6" gap between the darkest and middle color. Taking a dry brush and holding it at an angle, quickly blend up until you meet the next color section. Continue to brush the three sections together until you achieve the level of shading you desire.

Easy peasy! Ombre success. No worries, if you need some extra help, even on the smallest of projects- give us a call! 

All Ombre Wall Photos by West Elm, Front +Main. 

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