Use The Ombre Technique To Create Stunning And Colorful Designs For Your Home



Ombre, a term that comes from Latin, refers to a technique that requires having colors or tones that shade into each other. Most often we see colors that gradually go from light to dark and it’s a term that can be applied to a lot of types of projects, especially in interior design. So let’s see what you can achieve with this technique.

Ombre walls.

The way the blue fades out and turns into white at the top of the walls is very beautiful and it’s something you could use in a nautical-inspired décor or in a beach house.

You can also play with the same color and use different shades. Here, for example, you can see how the blue is darker at the bottom part of the walls and gradually becomes lighter.

A similar type of combination was also used here but the difference is that, in this case, the shades are better delimitated by the white stripes. This way it’s easier to see the slight difference in shade.

You can create wonderful ombre walls by also using unusual combinations of color. The combination of grey and yellow is definitely not one of the most popular but it’s very beautiful and wonderfully executed here.

Here, the way the blue fades out towards the ceiling is very subtle and thus it’s a perfect look for a bedroom. The décor is simple, serene and relaxing.

Of course, you can also create more striking combinations. You only need two colors but you need to know how to make them each stand out. In this case, the décor is dynamic and quite dramatic as well.

Also, it’s not absolutely necessary to paint all the walls with the same colors or techniques. An ombre wall can be a great accent wall and you can create a cohesive overall look by using similar shades.

And here’s the yellow and grey combination used beautifully once again. The walls have yellow on the bottom which fades into white and what’s beautiful is how everything else fits into the same color palette.

This is a more unusual type of ombre wall. In the case of this accent wall, the middle point where the two colors should gradually blend is very small and so the transition is sudden. However, it’s an intentional look meant to make the wall stand out.

Ombre furniture and accessories.

The same color technique can also be used on furniture. For example, you can give a dresser a wonderful makeover by painting the fronts of the drawers in colors that gradually fade out.

A very similar example featuring different colors. The peach shades are very beautiful and the transition between them is wonderful, very subtle and very artistic.

Another great nightstand featuring shades of turquoise. The differences in color are almost unnoticeable if you only compare two drawers for example but, overall, the result is very chic and stylish.

This is a very minimalistic example of an ombre bureau. It only has three drawers and the front of the drawers each have a different color. They go from vivid pink to pastel pink to white.

Ombre carpets.

Since areas rugs and carpets are great ways of introducing color into a room, why not experiment with something a little more different such as an ombre carpet for example? This one has blue sides that meet in a white center.

It’s a little difficult to see, but this carpet actually features different shades of grey. It starts as a dark grey at one end and it becomes light grey little by little as the carpet reaches the window wall.

You can also play with more vibrant colors. For example, the combination of orange and red is very interesting in this case. The way the two shades meet and mix is very beautiful.

In this living room, the décor is focused on shades of purple. The area rug is no exception. It’s a very nice ombre rug with subtle shades of purple that meet in a white center.

A pink and white ombre carpet can also be a bold addition to a room. It will look even more interesting if you place it on a dark floor. Here, for example, the black parquet floor is the perfect background to make this carpet stand out.

Ombre wall art.


Since this technique is so artistic and stylish, it sounds logical to use it when you’re creating wall art. Here, for example, we have a series of canvases with paint chips glued on them and they create beautiful ombre patterns.

Creating ombre art is very simple. If you want something easy to make, just take a canvas, pick a color and trace lines with a paint brush while gradually diluting the paint with water.

You can also pick a pattern and combine two simple techniques to create great wall art to display in your home. This zig zag pattern is quite nice, especially since the yellow gradually fades out and becomes a pastel.

To make something similar to this type of wall art you’ll need five blue acrylic paints. You could also just have one or two and mix them with white to get different shades. Attach wooden letters on the canvas if you want to also send a message.

Here’s another ombre chevron pattern. This one is featuring shades of pink but it also has a brown line. It’s an interesting perspective that makes the design look lees monotonous.

Ombre bedding.

Another great way of introducing pattern into the bedroom, for example, is by having colorful bedding. This one features beautiful shades of turquoise that gradually fade into white.

The layers on this bedding make the ombre pattern look smooth and beautifully toned. The differences in shade and color are very subtle and it’s great that the pillows and the headboard are white.

This is an interesting mix of colors. The ombre pattern on one side features shades of pink while on the other side the duvet is pastel turquoise. The white pillow and sheet are a perfect background for the colors.

Ombre curtains.

If you want to add some color to your bedroom, for example, you could make some wonderful ombre curtains. Just dip them in colored water and slowly minimize the amount of fabric that goes in so that the color can be more potent at the bottom.

Add some colors into your living room by choosing colorful curtains. They don’t have to be colored when you buy them because you can give them a makeover. Make your own ombre curtains with some colored water.

In this décor the colors are all very crisp, bright and beautiful. The ombre curtains only feature a hint of pin at the bottom and this maintains a minimalist and peaceful atmosphere in the room.

Usually the light color goes at the top and the dark one at the bottom. However, there’s no rule that says you can’t change the order. These ombre curtains are very interesting because of that and they complement the two-toned décor beautifully.

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Published by in Best Of, on June 3rd, 2013

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