Transform Your Walls with a DIY Ombre Paint Treatment

Create an eye-catching accent wall in three simple steps with this cool gradient paint technique.

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Wondering what to do about that plain wall in your living room, bedroom, or office? Try this amazing DIY ombre wall treatment. With a gradient of monochromatic colors, this accent wall stands out and looks great paired with any aesthetic. Opt for bright shades for a wall that pops or keep it subtle with rich neutrals. No matter which hues you choose, your new ombre walls will look stunning with help from our easy-to-follow instructions. 

What You Need

  • Drop cloth
  • Painters tape
  • Two small buckets
  • 2-3 paint colors, each 3-5 shades apart from dark to light
  • Stir sticks
  • Paint rollers and trays for each paint color
  • Large paintbrushes

Step 1: Prep Room

Prepare the room for painting by taping off trim and baseboards with painters tape and laying down a drop cloth.

Step 2: Mix Colors

In a small bucket, mix equal parts of your darkest and medium paint colors. In a second bucket, mix equal portions medium and light paint shades.

Step 3: Paint

Working in small areas so your paint doesn't dry up, paint the bottom portion of the wall the darkest paint color. Leave a gap of wall space above the dark paint color; paint the next lighter color; repeat  with all your colors.

While the wall is still wet, brush dark-medium paint mix onto the first gap and blend the colored layers together. Brush medium-light paint mix onto the next gap and blend the colored layers together. Repeat for all layers until you've achieved your desired ombre effect. Let dry. Remove tape.

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