Creating a beautiful ombre accent wall or furniture item is a great way to change the mood or feeling of a space. In the video I’m working on a sample board however this technique can easily be applied to almost anything in your home. Creating samples is always a good idea if you’re nervous or unsure of the exact look you want to achieve. They provide a space to experiment without altering your project, that way when you’re ready you will have the confidence and knowledge you need to ensure your success.
-2 paint colors (additional colors could easily be integrated)
-2 paint brushes (a brush for each paint color)
-rag or paper towel
I’m using Chalk Paint™ in the video to create an ombre finish. Chalk Paint™ is a non-toxic mineral based paint that will bond to most surfaces. It is a great option for furniture, décor items and walls as it requires no sanding or priming even on top of varnishes and other sealers. Latex, acrylic or other paints could definitely be used with this same technique.
Prep your surface by taping off the ceiling line, neighboring walls, baseboards, outlets, etc. There are a few methods to tackling such a large surface, the way I would work is in vertical strips across the wall (first image below). Starting on one side of the wall, apply the paint in the same manner as illustrated in the video. Depending on how large you wanted your color transition area to be you could start by painting out a strip in the top color and a strip in the bottom color (second image below). As you move from section to section you will want overlap your last painted area slightly, feathering out the paint to ensure there is a smooth blending of colors.
For furniture or décor pieces
Prep your surface by wiping down your piece and taping off any interior sections where you wish to keep the original finish. A crisp paint line will keep your finish looking clean and professional. Depending how large your item is you could paint the entire thing at once or you may have to break it down into smaller areas, similar to the wall images. For instance on a large dresser I might paint one side completely with the first layer of my ombre prior to moving on to the neighboring side.
Just as the video illustrates, the more layers you add the softer and smoother your transition from one color to the next will be. Don’t get discouraged if your finish is not what you imagined after one or two layers, continue building layers and you will get there.
Ombres come in all colors and textures. Here are some of the other finishes we’ve created. Choppy and textured ombres are really forgiving, if a mistake is made you can either lean into it or cover it up with more product 🙂