Today I’m going to teach you how to DIY this beauty. Over New Year’s weekend I finally took the plunge and decided to paint an accent wall in my bedroom. I knew I wanted a dusty mauve pink color but after two days of staring at paint chips, I couldn’t decide between two different shades. Solution: OMBRE. I did a little research through the interwebs and decided on the technique of three panels of color followed by blending with a dry paint brush.
Before I even got my paint samples from Lowes, I pulled a bunch of color inspiration photos. Here were some of my favorites.
Next, I went to Lowes and got an obscene number of paint chips before finally deciding on two colors from their HGTV Home Sherman Williams Collection – Quaint Peche and Pink Glamour. I also loaded up on paint rollers, paint trays, paint brushes, painters tape, a drop cloth, and one of the little metal things that helps to open up the paint cans because I once tried to do it with a screwdriver and it was NOT good. Since my walls were already white I didn’t need a primer but make sure to ask a store associate about your own walls just to make sure.
Since my bed and bookshelf cut my wall about a third of the way up, I tried to stagger each layer of color so I got an equal viewable amount of each of them. This meant that the darkest color took up the bottom 2/3 of the wall and the medium and light shades shared the top 1/3. I also wanted to make sure the lightest pink hit right where the top of my flower wall started so the very top looked like a light pink sky. I took a long piece of string and a level and made small pencil marks as a guide to remind myself when to start and stop painting each layer.
For the top layer I used Quaint Peche and for the bottom layer I used Pink Glamour. For the middle, I did my own mix of both but ended up making it a tad on the darker side for my own personal taste. I did one coat of each paint color without blending, let it dry and followed it up with a second coat. This is where the ombre gets a bit tricky. Before the second coat can dry, start blending the paint line with a dry paint brush. Key words are DRY PAINT BRUSH. I ended up having to wash my paint brush a few times in between blending to make sure it never had to much paint on it. Make sure to blend the darker color “up” more than you drag the lighter color “down” as it’s easier to erase and blend out mistakes if you make any.
After the second coat/first round of blending I found it didn’t look quite as seamless as I had hoped, so I went back in with a single line of each paint color right against the paint line and blended it out again until it finally looked like the pink ombre cloud I was envisioning. If at first you don’t get the blend you want, don’t get frustrated. You can always go back in with more paint and buff it out to your liking until you get the perfect ombre.
There you have it! One bedroom ombre accent wall. I could not be happier with the way it turned out, it completely transformed the room to look brand new. It’s a pop of color with a subtle shift and I would highly recommend it for anyone who can’t/won’t settle for just one paint color. OMBRE FOREVER.