Trend Alert: Ombre in Decorating

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Photo, Cococozy

For the past few years, the ombre color effect has been seen on hair, clothing and wedding cakes.  This trend is now emerging stronger in interior design.  Fabrics and wallpapers have been created in the ombre style and interior designers and do-it-yourselfers are embracing the ombre effect in paint.

Photo, digsdigs.com
Photo, digsdigs.com
Photo, lushome.com
Photo, lushome.com

Ombre is a gradient range of color from light to dark.  This effect is best used in moderation and with a careful hand, making sure the end result is subtle and gradual.  The finished effect should be similar to a watercolor, where one tone blends into another seamlessly.

Ombre walls and window treatments are fresh and lively
Ombre walls and window treatments are fresh and lively
Photo, lushome.com
Photo, lushome.com
Ombre paint technique on stairs by Nicki Bongiorno
Ombre paint technique on stairs by Nicki Bongiorno

Fabrics, wall and floor tiles, wallpapers and rugs are all available in ombre and can be used in the home to create interiors that are fresh and appealing.  Painting a wall or a piece of furniture with the ombre effect is a great way to make a statement.

Photo, lushome.com
Photo, lushome.com
An ombre shower curtain in pleasing shades of lilac
An ombre shower curtain in pleasing shades of lilac
Dawn A Jones Design
Dawn A Jones Design

Experiment with the direction of fade when painting ombre.  You can go from dark to light or light to dark to create an interesting and unique effect.  Take cues from paint color swatches to achieve the right look, as these colors are already displayed on the sample card in a gradient manner.

Photo, BHG
Photo, BHG
Turquoise dreams
Turquoise dreams
Photo, interiorcomplex.com
Photo, interiorcomplex.com

Decorating with ombre lets you experiment with color and gives interiors a fresh look.  It can enliven a space in a subtle manner and provide a unique splash of color.  Incorporate the ombre trend into your décor through fabrics, wallpaper, tiles, rugs or paint technique.

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