This DIY painting technique is a great way to get creative and unleash your inner Picasso. Learn the 5 steps to your own ombre wall below...
Hello, welcome to my first blog post...
I'm super excited to be sharing my DIY tips, home renovation learnings and my love of all things interiors. I get questions all the time on Instagram asking me things like what's the best paint for painting laminate (blog post here), tips for renovating a kitchen (blog post on it's way), where I bought my couch etc. so I thought it was about time I put it all in one place for easy viewing.
Ok onto today's post... DIY Ombre Walls.
This was the love and bane of my life all in one. I did a super cool collaboration with @crownpaintireland and @houseandhomemagazine I was challenged to creatively use Crown Paint to update a space. Below on the right is a photo of the gorgeous space I selected in my home...
Stunning right. Lol. It's literally the most random space, a weird little skinny corridor that connects a small extension to the rest of the house. We really didn't know what to do with it when we first moved in and it annoyed and underwhelmed me whenever I went out to my office, which is fun and full of colour.
So when I got this challenge I was like hell yes... this is the space I can get creative in. When you want to get creative or try something new, sometimes it's best to use an area of your home you don't use too much. That way if you screw it up, so what. You don't have to look at it everyday watching TV or making dinner.
As I said this was a labour of love and a little trickier than I thought it would be. I spent 4 years in Art College so I felt like this would be a breeze... not so much. BUT I did learn some great tips and I think if I was to do it again it would be a lot easier.
Here's a list of what I used:
Paint (I used Crown Paint)
Primer (if needed, I was painting my press at the same time in a forest green. This press needed to be primed but the walls did not)
Paint brush x 2
Rollers x 3 (small ones, I used the Two Fussy Blokes rollers, they're all kinds of great)
Sheets to cover the floor (it can get messy going between all the different shades)
And here's my 5 steps to creating your own DIY Ombre Walls...
1. Decide on Your Colours
Once you decide on the space, picking the colour should be a little easier. Look what colours are around the room for inspiration. Try keep it balanced with the rest of your house so you're not going in a random direction that doesn't fit with your style. I'm all about creating a "golden thread" theme through your house for consistency. I love it when the colours used in a house looks curated.
For my ombre wall I wanted to pink. It's a colour that shows up in every room and so it was time to get dramatic with the colour I love.
To do the ombre you need at least 3 colours (I recommend sticking with 3, 4 starts to make the whole process more difficult). You need a dark, middle and neutral/light shade.
Here's the colours I selected:
Dark Shade: Luscious
Middle Shade: Cherub
Light Shade: Glass Slipper
Green for the Press (if you're interested): Dark Hedges
2. The Prep
Measure out 3 equal areas on the wall with a pencil and leave equal gaps of about 5 inches between each area. So you should have
Large Block for Dark Shade - 5 Inch Gap - Large Block for Medium Shade - 5 Inch Gap - Dark Block for Light Shade.
Then get yourself two buckets. In one bucket pour equal measure of the darkest and middle shade paint and in the second bucket pour equal measures of the middle and lightest/neutral shade paint. These two new shades will blend your three colours.
3. Add Paint
Completely paint the three main section in blocks, with your three main colours. I started dark on the bottom working my way up to the lightest.
Top tip: if you have a small room and you want to make it feel bigger paint the dark colour on the bottom and work your way up. And visa versa, if you've a big room and want it to feel cosy paint the dark colour at the top and work your way down.
4. Blend Blend Blend
This is the trickiest part. You need to blend all three sections when the paint is still a little wet. Get your two buckets of blending shades and start painting in the small areas between the main sections. I went with upward and downward semicircle motions but you'll need to find the rhythm that works for you and the effect you want.
5. Let it Dry and Repeat if Needed
I wasn't 100% happy with the first attempt so I waited till it was fully dry and tried again the next day. It's not a simple case of going over the bad bits, it all needs to be painted and reblended. This is kinda why I had a love/hate relationship with it. There was no easy fix, but it was definitely worth redoing it. Plus I do think the bottom layer added to the effect and created a nicer blend between the shades.
After attempt one:
And here's the final results:
I always wanted a plant room, a nice zen space for me and my lovely plants, and now I have one. If you want to see more images from the photoshoot I did with Crown Paint and House and Home Magazine check out this link.
I'd love to hear from you if you try this yourself. Send me a photo or drop a mail (you can find a contact form at the bottom of my site) if you have any further questions, I'm happy to help.
Thanks for reading.