Monday, November 17, 2014

Ombre walls

Ombre Defined

: having colors or tones that shade into each other 
used especially on fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark
Ombre is a French word for a color with a shaded tone or varying tones.

Ombre is a very today trend on not only in walls and art...
but hair and nails too!

But we'll stick to walls in this post, 
since I usually only have paint in my hair and on my nails!

Ombre is the gradation of colors,
it's fun and tricky to do 
depending on how blended you want you wall to look.

Clear defined lines as in above
blended transitions from one color to the next as below.

I did the look below in my living room years ago
(I guess I was ahead of the trend)
I taped off grids with 1 1/2 inch painters tape
and graduated from a soft green on the bottom
to a pale yellow on top...
I loved it.

This post is about Ombre walls I did for a clients daughters room in late summer.
Soon to be 13, Ryan was well over the princess castle 
I had painted for her when she was much younger!

Out with the old Princess...
in with the new.

I worked at giving her the Ombre walls she loves in the colors she picked.

Here are the Readers Digest, short version directions.
I found all kinds of tutorials on YouTube...where else!

I started by taping off markers on the side of the wall 
where I wanted the four wall sections to be.

Premixing my colors 
(actually using one color and lightening it into four different shades)
I started at the top and worked my way across the wall. 
Once I made it side to side I stepped down to the next darker shade,
softly blended into the proceeding color and worked my way across.
I continued this down the wall with all four shades using a 
BIG paintbrush I've had for years and don't get to use that often. 
Softening as I went along.

It was actually MUCH easier than it looks.

She's a Bohemian girl now...
BoHo for short.

The walls turned out great, just like we envisioned...
and then she added all her BoHo touches in fabrics and accessories.

Along with a few stencil patterns to tie in all the colors.

I don't have after photos with the room all together...
I could get them, but that would postpone this post even longer...
and its really all about the Ombre walls after all.


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