Dreamy Ombré Wall - Tutorial

8 Materials
12 Hours

I wanted to do something different with my master bedroom walls. My original plan was to build a super original and rustic headboard, but that would take time, money and skills I didn't have, so I decided to stay in my comfort zone: paint. And I couldn't be happier with the result.

dreamy ombr wall tutorial

This is how my wall looked before. Boring, right? I decided to do an ombré wall using dark gray, navy blue and white. I will show here you how I did it, but I recommend that you watch my video tutorial of the entire process.

dreamy ombr wall tutorial

First I painted a large stripe the darker color (gray) on the bottom. You can use a roller to save time at this point.

dreamy ombr wall tutorial

Did the same thing on the top, with my lighter color (white).

dreamy ombr wall tutorial

When I got to the middle area, I started adding water to my brush, and overlapping the colors on the wall, letting them blend softly.

dreamy ombr wall tutorial

I worked in a crisscross pattern, but that is optional, since the colors will blend and the pattern won't show.

dreamy ombr wall tutorial

The middle area had several shades of blue, since I blended it with the gray and the white.

dreamy ombr wall tutorial

I worked all the way across my wall, two colors at a time (gray and blue, then white and blue), always keeping my brush wet.

dreamy ombr wall tutorial

I covered the entire wall and, the next day, with fresh eyes, I made all the adjustments I wanted, adding more dark or light color to some spots, or making some harsh areas more blended by adding watery paint.

I mixed the approximate shade of color in my tray before brushing it to the wall.

dreamy ombr wall tutorial

This is how my bedroom looks now. Much cooler, right? If you decide to try, check out my blog post with the detailed tutorial and extra tips.

And here is the video tutorial.

Thanks for reading!

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  • Shelli Kisch Haipek
    on Dec 31, 2018

    You only used a paint brush? No towel or rag? Seems hard to imagine one could get such a soft look from a basic wall brush

    • I added a lot of water. If you look very up close you can see some subtle texture but not from a distance.

  • Lynn
    on Jan 2, 2019

    This Is Awesome May I ask how long it

    took ? Great Job,

    hAppy 2019


    • Lynn
      on Jan 2, 2019

      You did A Fantastic job, I think it looks like a foggy day.

      Thanks for Sharing

  • Mandy Baker
    on Jan 16, 2019

    Do you think this could be done with metallic paints? I recently painted my bedroom and master bath. I had to get creative and texture the walls because it showed every brush AND roller stroke. I wasn’t happy with the look untill I textured it with my paint brush. I’m just not sure if this technic would work with the ombré, and I’ve put a lot of time and effort into the rooms already!

    • Hi Mandy, if your metallic paint are not translucent, I think it will work beautifully. You can test it on a piece of wood first. Good luck!

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  • Tina Singleton
    on Jan 8, 2019

    I like that a lot

  • Dalayne
    on Jan 8, 2019

    This is awesome, but here’s a another awesome idea. A 47 inch picture. Love my New Orleans style decor.

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