Dreamy Ombré Wall – Tutorial

Hello friends,

I recently shared some pictures of this ombré wall on my Facebook and Instagram pages and was quite surprised with the immediate positive response I had from so many people!

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I recorded most part of my process because I was planning to prepare a video tutorial on it, but I have to be honest with you. This was not a straightforward, step-by-step -instructions type of project. Far from it. There was a lot of trial and error, back and forth, cleanup-the-mess stages, which is always expected when you are trying to do something for the first time and have to learn as you go. You will notice exactly that if you watch my video below. So please take my tutorial more as a general guideline. Hopefully, it will have the basic information you need to create your own ombré wall.

If you decide to try, I have a few important warnings for you.

  • It gets ugly before it gets pretty
  • In the middle of it, you will be absolutely sure you failed and will be tempted to drop everything and just paint the whole wall in one color. Don’t give up! Take a break, and come back to it the next day
  • If your wall is large, prepare yourself for a long and tedious process, and go for it anyways. I promise it will be worth your time and effort
  • No two ombre walls will ever look exactly the same so, watch my tutorial a couple of times to get the main idea and don’t come back to it. Your wall will turn out different and probably more beautiful than mine!

Are you ready?

You can start by watching my video tutorial below before reading my detailed instructions in this post.

For this project, I used regular latex paint in these colors

  • New House White (white)
  • Starless Sky (navy blue)
  • Shadow Mountain (dark gray)

These colors are all by Behr (a brand sold at Home Depot), in an eggshell sheen.

You will also need:

  • Painters tape
  • Paint trays
  • A spray bottle of water
  • Several chip brushes
  • Baby wipes (they are a lifesaver when you mess up)

Note: If the wall you will work on is currently painted in a dark or very bright color, you should paint it completely white before you start, or the original color will show through your ombré.

I started by painting a large stripe of the darker and the lighter colors on the extreme opposite sides of my ombré. Gray on the bottom and white on the top.

If your wall is already white, you can skip the latter step (white stripe on the top). To save time, you can do this part with paint rollers.

At this point, I didn’t need any water on my brushes. The purpose was to get the best coverage in those two areas.

As I got to the area in the middle, it was time to dilute my paint with water, loosen up my strokes, and proceed with the blending. I worked my brush in a criss-cross pattern but there is no rule here since the pattern won’t be visible once you start adding water and blending the colors.

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Criss-Cross pattern
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Adding blue to the middle area. Brush always wet.

I applied all three colors in one small area of the wall to visualize where I wanted my transitions to be. After that, I worked one large stripe at a time across the entire length of the wall.

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The goal was to blend two colors at a time with a smooth transition between them. The water is what allows the soft blending to happen.

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Spraying water on my brush.

I avoided spraying water straight on my wall because I wanted to have more control of the paint and didn’t want any drips to show. Also, too much water would cause the original color of my wall to peek through.

I repeated that process blending two colors at a time (gray and blue, then blue and white), always wetting my brush, and working quickly to avoid drippings and to blend the colors before the paint dried.

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From time to time, I stepped back and see where I need to go back with a different color.

I covered my entire wall with my blended colors and called it a day.

Tip: You will certainly want to make some changes and adjustments at this point, but I strongly recommend that you wait until the next day to do it. You will look at your project with fresh eyes, a rested mind and all the energy you need to finish it up.

Sometimes it helps if you blend your colors on the tray instead of the wall. Just make sure to add a little water to your brush before applying the paint to the wall.

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Mixing two colors in my tray for final adjustments.

It took me two coats (mainly in the middle and top areas) to achieve this finish. You may be happy with your result after just one coat. Or maybe you will need to add a third one. There is no right or wrong. This is your own unique project, and you will know when it is done.

Here is how my bedroom looks now. I love it! My husband is also happy. He calls it our “dreamy wall”.

Let me know what you think!

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Thanks for reading!

Pat.

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It all started in the spring of 2013. I realized how tired I was to see my house entirely decorated with IKEA stuff. Nothing against IKEA, but after 12 years, I just needed some change. I wanted stylish, original furniture, but noticed that everything I liked from retail stores was way out of my budget. Thanks to Google, Youtube, and a couple of amazing blogs, I was able to discover and explore the world of furniture refinishing, and it was the beginning of my addiction. I now spend my days rescuing old, dull, unwanted pieces of furniture to give them a fresh look so they can be displayed, used and loved again for many more years to come. Thanks for stopping by.

8 thoughts on “Dreamy Ombré Wall – Tutorial

  1. Pat it goes without saying that your awesome wall is my feature this week at Sweet Inspiration because to me that is exactly what you have done! Inspired me in a big way!!

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  2. Wow!!! Pat, your bedroom wall is stunning!!! Pinning to my Perfect Paint board for you and will pin to my Decorating board, too. Awesome job and I hope you and your husband enjoy it for a long time to come. ❤

    Beautiful,
    Barb 🙂

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