Jazz Things Up with Ombre Walls

Try painting your walls with an ombre effect. You'll love the results.
Jazz Things Up with Ombre Walls

Last update: 25 November, 2018

We’re going to explain how to liven up your home by painting your walls with an ombre effect. Something as simple as your wall color or texture can change your home decor completely.

You can draw attention to your walls by giving them an ombre effect. In our other posts, we’ve also given you some other ideas to think about, like painting walls halfway.

Painting your walls halfway and painting them with a fade effect shares similarities. Both techniques divide a wall into two sections of color. However, ombre always works with shades of one single color (monochrome) while you can choose to use two completely different colors for the halfway design.

Fading yellow

If you want to make your walls stand out, we suggest using minimal decor. You can try just painting one of your walls with a fading effect, leaving the other ones solid, ideally in a light or gentle color.

Below, we’ll show you some more ideas to decorate any room in your home with an ombre effect.

Important aspects to consider before starting

As we’ve already mentioned, you have to choose one main color as a base if you want to nail this technique. Then, all you need to do is choose your favorite shades to paint your wall. For the most part, fading walls are painted horizontally.

We recommend choosing light, soft colors, maybe pastel ones. With light colors, your room will look brighter. So, you have to think about where you want the light shade and the fade. How you organize the shades will determine what the resulting effect will look like. Having the light color on the top of the wall will look different than having it on the bottom part.

If you choose a darker palette, you’ll have a darker setting, so you need to have big windows or adequate artificial lighting. When you’re picking out your colors, consider the color psychology, which tells us that every color transmits a feeling: tranquility, harmony, etc.

Fading color psychology

One of the most popular examples is a blue palette. It starts with a dark blue at the base of the wall and fades into a light blue, almost white, at the top. It’s a wonderful option for rooms that have a Mediterranean decor.

How can you paint your own ombre walls?

To paint your own ombre walls, you need to (after having prepared your wallspaint the entire surface in the lightest shade. Then, measure your wall. Think about how many tones you want your fade to have and divide them into sections.

Some people prefer painting all of the shades with the same width while others like to leave the widths of the shades at the bottom a little thicker. When you have measured the tones’ widths, mark them out with some chalk or tape so you can paint them one by one. You can leave the last one because it’ll be the lightest shade, which you’ve already applied as a base.

Walls with fading effect / dikaestudio.com
you need to blend out the borders 

To blend, you can use a sponge or brush to spread out the paint when it’s still wet. Depending on your preferences, you can paint the colors on smooth, use your strokes to create texture, or use a roller. The main thing is to make sure that there aren’t any strong contrasts between the shades. The end result should look proportional and balanced.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading about the fading effect. As you’ve seen today, you can do this yourself. Remember, your wall color and emotional health are interlinked, so the color palette that you choose for your walls matters. With fading walls, your rooms could look either brighter or darker, bigger or smaller.