Ombré Makes the Grade at Home
Paint and tile in subtle or stunning color gradations creates an unusual eye-catching effect inside and out
It's no wonder the soft gradation of ombré has made its way from the runway to the home. This soothing color treatment is a great way to integrate soft and bold colors into the same space. From bathrooms to rugs to lamps to exteriors, it seems like every bit of home decor can be found with that lovely graduated color scheme. See how you can incorporate this eye-catching color treatment to spruce up your next decorating project.
If you're having a tough time deciding between a couple of paint choices within the same family, try buying them both. It's a quick compromise — simply divide up your wall and get to painting.
The ombré paint treatment in this entryway is subtle and stunning. The door and entryway are painted a cheery yellow that eases into a cool cream as you go up the stairs.
Painting the exterior of a house a couple of different shades may not work for everyone, but the subtle ombré adds dimension and charm to this home with wood siding.
Deciding on a color scheme and running with it is always a bold choice. The payoff in this kitchen — where the walls and cabinets are different shades of blue — is huge! I doubt this space would look as fresh if the lower cabinets were a basic white.
Bathrooms are a great place to use ombré. Choose tiles in different shades of the same hue and install them from dark to light (or vice versa) to achieve a soothing ombré effect.
If you want to add drama to your bedroom, consider painting the ceiling a dark shade and slowly blending that into a lighter shade when you paint the walls. The look feels natural in this space — almost like the night sky.
Try ombré in the opposite direction too. This room displays a subtler effect with the darker shade near the bottom of the wall gradually working up to the lighter shade.
Ideabook published on July 19, 2012.
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