Whether it’s hair, clothes or interior design, ombre remains one the hottest trends right now. Although most commonly seen on hair, this art form has really taken off in the world of home decor. Ombre can be characterised as the gradation of a colour from lightest to darkest, and is proving to be a sublime choice when it comes to decorating your home. The ombre design style can be applied to pretty much any object or surface in any part of your home, but for now we are going to focus on ombre wall designs, which can create a truly dramatic effect in any room.
Displaying the gradual but defined transformation of a particular colour into lighter and lighter shades, this a textbook example of an ombre wall. It illustrates the beautiful simplicity of the design style.
This example demonstrates that the shading of a colour doesn’t have to be a gradual process. Here we see the dark pink morph slowly into a lighter shade before suddenly and boldly becoming white.
In the wall above, the moment where yellow tones cross over into white is almost imperceptible. Finishing off the room is the matching yellow/lime green sofa, which brings more attention to the wall than it might otherwise enjoy.
Described as a sunset ombre wall, this example brings a warm and lively feel to the space. An unusual approach to the ombre design style, it shows that the colours don’t just have to blend upwards or downwards, as is most common.
A pale blue and white wall such as this one will create a tranquil atmosphere in any room. The way the paint has been applied here evokes the image of a mild summer’s day or the gentle breaking of a wave.
The pink gradient painted on to this wood wall is made all the more striking by the texture of the wood itself. Together they project a sense of informality, and your eye can’t help but be drawn to it.
Done well, an ombre wall can work in any colour, even those that by themselves are often considered dull and uninteresting. The wall above has been painted to resemble greyscale, and it works very well.
A wonderful harmony has been created in this space by matching the purple shades on the wall with that of the furniture. This technique also works to draw the eye out to the entire room, preventing you from focusing purely on any one detail.
When adding gradient colours to a wall in your home, there’s no reason why you can’t include patterns as well. The wall above combines the ombre design style with painted chevrons to great effect.
If you’re not sure an ombre wall is for you, then you could always opt for something temporary – such as wall art – instead. Above is a piece of textured canvas art with blended colours that reflect the ombre style.