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

May 18, 2017

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.

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Credit: Matthew Clark

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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