Ombre Wall DIY: How to Paint an Ombre Accent Wall (Tutorial, Tips & Tricks)

Ombre Wall DIY: How to Paint an Ombre Accent Wall (Tutorial, Tips & Tricks)


So you want an ombre wall DIY? Well
you’ve come to the right place. We recently repainted my daughter’s room
with a two-tone ombre wall and I know what you’re thinking but it was actually
shockingly easy. And if you’re thinking that we’re actually secret artists and
have some, you know, like mad painting skills…we don’t. In fact I’m pretty sure
my seven-year-old is actually a far better painter than I am. Hey guys it’s Wendy Valencia. The key to a easy awesome ombre wall is preparation. Taking that
time to set everything up beforehand will save you so much heartache in the
end. So let’s jump in first things first. You’re gonna pick the color that you
want to ombre. We chose aqua and pink a bright pink for our daughter’s room
because it perfectly matched her new bedspread and we actually took the
bedspread to Home Depot to match the paint not even a lie and that is
actually tip number one if you were trying to match something I highly
highly highly suggest taking the item with you when you go to let’s say Home
Depot or wherever you’re gonna get your paint because the Lightning directly
over the paint chips is fantastic so you can put your item and the paint chip
right next to it and match it perfectly if though your item is large let’s say
like a sofa or something that you can’t pick up and take with you then get as
many paint chips as you can and go ahead and bring them home so once you have
picked the colors that you want you’re going to figure out how many transitions
you want and by transitions I mean light or lighter and lighter most DIYs for
ombre walls are going to tell you you want three transitions and here’s what
I’m going to tell you those transitions are drastic like these now if you want a
more gradual transition you’re gonna go with at least
and your primary color and then white being two of those so for transitions
between your primary color and then complete pure white
it isn’t that three transitions look bad it just looks really really stripy and
we wanted a much more like gradual fade when we did ours so tip number two is if
you want a gradual fade do at least six transitions that includes one pure color
and one pure white so your color for transitions pure white so tip number
three always ombre to white even if you were transitioning to a second color
like we did and the reason is when you are on braying from one color to another
color if you don’t go to pure white at some point you’re gonna have to mix the
two colors and in our situation aqua + pink equals purple and there was no
purple in the room so we didn’t want to mix our two colors so if you own Brahe
always two white and then start your ombre again maybe on the bottom like we
did then you will never have to worry about mixing two different colors now
you can do that if you want a third color in the middle that’s okay
but for us we didn’t want to do that once you figure out how many transitions
you want it’s time to go shopping you’re gonna be purchasing a lot of supplies so
make sure you make a list the first thing you’re gonna need is two cans
paint we eat shows the bare eggshell finish paint interior wall paint this
video by the way is not at all sponsored oh how I wish it was but it is not
sponsored at all by there he just really really like bear products their paint is
amazing when we’re painting interior walls we always choose the bare paint
plus primer in eggshell for interior walls because like I said it’s the best
so you’re gonna take one of these cans with your paint chip up to the paint guy
and have him mix your colored paint and the other one you’re just gonna put in
your cart because it’s going to stay then you’re gonna look for the rest of
the supplies you will need for each color each transition and keep in mind
each transition is its own color something to mix the paint in a stirring
stick a narrow roller for painting the stripes and a disposable paint tray for
each color so for us that meant five transitions plus an additional one for
white for each color because we were doing pink and aqua and then you’re
gonna need a paintbrush for each transition and I am serious when I say
you need a paintbrush you cannot use one paintbrush for this whole project
because wet paintbrushes do not work for this project so unless you want to pull
out the hair dryer and dry your paintbrush in between each thing which I
don’t recommend doing go and buy paint brushes for each transition now we
because we’re cheap we bought the cheap Ichi extra cheap cheap paint brushes
they’re like a dollar apiece and the bristles fall out constantly so if you
buy those you are gonna be pulling hairs off your wall as you go which is fine I
can deal with that for a dollar don’t forget to buy something to cover your
floor if you don’t already have a tarp at home and make sure you get lots of
painters tape if you don’t have that already at home I mean you can paint it
freehand but painters tape looks way more crisp tip number four is gonna be a
little awkward especially if it’s a Saturday and you’re in Home Depot but I
promise you if you do this you will be so happy because you will not forget
anything and you will not have to stop mid paint to run to Home Depot and buy
the one thing you forgot so you’re gonna lay everything out on the floor in Home
Depot you’re gonna put your colored paint can on one end and your white
paint can on another and then you’re going to set up your transition trees
put a roller in each transition tray and your cheapy paint brush in between each
tray and one in between the can and the first tray and one between the last tray
and the camp with the stirring sticks in there too
you’re mixing and everything every single thing you’re gonna be using to
paint lay it out on the floor in Home Depot people will stare you’ll be ok and
if you’re like me visualizing it actually makes it a whole lot easier so
now you’re gonna get started painting first you need to measure your walls
from the ceiling to the top of the baseboard and this is probably the only
even slightly difficult part because it involves math and you know how I feel
about math so basically you’re gonna take the total number of inches or
centimeters or whatever unit you’re working in and divide it by the number
of paints you have so if you have one solid for transitions and one white then
you’re gonna divide that number by six for eyes we had eleven stripes we eleven
why eleven you have to paint colors why would you have a livin well keep in mind
we have one solid color on the top for transitions a white stripe in the middle
and then we started with a solid color of pink on the bottom for transitions
and then we transition to that same white stripe in the middle so there’s
not a double width of white in the middle it’s a single width which makes
eleven that meant our stripes were about ten inches each but we did have a couple
inches left over so we put an inch on the top and an inch on the bottom extra
tip number five draw it on a piece of paper first this will make your life so
much easier it is so much easier when you can visualize something if you draw
it on the paper you could actually like shake things up you could make the
bottom half your solid color and then do the ombre only on the top half or maybe
you do the solid color at the top and solid color at the bottom and ombre to
white in the middle or maybe you even like diagonally across on brick whoa I’m
getting way off track and way too complicated
seriously draw it on a piece of paper it is not hard once you start thinking
about it that way so once you know how to do it you need to get a pencil and
kind of freehand it on the wall and you’re gonna get a tape measure and make
marks like every three feet or so so your lines will be generally straight
they don’t have to be perfect but they do need to be more or
less straight across don’t spend too much time stressing about how straight
your lines are it’s not worth it because you’re gonna be blending later so the
next thing you’re gonna do is you’re gonna start taping everything to protect
it so you’re going to tape the baseboards you’re gonna tape the windows
any late fixtures you’re gonna tape the walls next to the wall your own brain
after years and years and years of painting our own walls we we’ve come to
discover that although using painters tape takes a lot of time it makes your
finished product looks so much more crisp in the long run so now it’s time
to lay out our supplies on the floor just like we did in the store and get to
mixing the paint so it’s time to start mixing your colors we’re gonna start
mixing our colors based on the rules of have so here’s what you’re gonna do your
first color is going to be directly out of the can and that is your solid color
your second color is going to be a mixture of the solid color and white so
what you’re gonna do is you’re going to fill up your container halfway about
halfway with your solid color and then you’re going to put an equal amount of
white in there now why are you making so much in your second container because
your next step once you’ve mixed and mixed and mixed and it’s perfectly mixed
really well you’re gonna pour half of that color into the next container and
put an equal amount of white in that container and then you’re gonna mix a
mix and mix and mix and mix and you’re gonna pour half of that new third color
into the fourth container and an equal amount of white and mix it mix and mix
and mix and mix you get the picture so you keep doing that until you have as
many shades as you want tip number five before you actually start this process
and painting go to Michael’s or Hobby Lobby and buy one or two cheap canvases
because you’re gonna use them right here after you mix all your paint you’re
going to actually paint your paints on the canvas and then let it dry right the reason you’re doing this is actually
threefold number one it allows you to perfect your technique by practicing on
a canvas so by the time you get to the wall you’ve already done it perfectly
second and this is probably the most important it allows you to check that
the colors are exactly what you wanted you know when we did it we actually
ended up having to add a little bit of the dark colors to each shade because it
it just looked better third it actually gives you homemade art
you know just slap some gold leaf or some silver leaf on there and you got
yourself a pretty awesome piece of our work you can hang on the other wall that
doesn’t have any color on it oh now it’s time to finally start painting and
you’re gonna work your way from the top to the bottom tip number six make sure
your brushes and your rollers are 100% dry because any amount of water in those
brushes or rollers will cause your pay to run and it’s gonna run down the wall
and mess up everything you know it it’s almost like this happened to us so once
you start painting you’re gonna need to work fairly quickly so your stripes
don’t dry in between so what you’re gonna do is you’re going to paint the
first stripe entirely and then very quickly after you paint the first stripe
you’re gonna paint the top half of the second stripe once you have finished the
wall of the top half of the second stripe you’re gonna take your dry
transition brush and go in and brush the two colors together we worked at about a
45 degree angle so like this and you only want to move your brush up and down
just a little bit just enough to blend the two colors together once you blended
the whole line you’re gonna go get your roller for the second color and you’re
gonna paint the bottom half of the second color and the top half of the
third color grab your new dry clean transition brush not the same one from
before you can pick it up and you’re gonna brush your transition so you’re
gonna keep repeating this process over and over and over until all of your
stripes have been painted and the transitions have been brushed to get tip
number seven we’re gonna call this learn from our mistakes tip to avoid mixing up
brushes and rollers only have one in your hand at a time and always put it
back where you picked it up from I know it sounds silly trust me when you are
over there fixing something that you did I guarantee you there will be a point
where you want to have two brushes in your hand
don’t seriously don’t do it at the golden rule of painting if you screw
something up let it dry do it over again that is the beauty of paint with primer
in it if you mess it up you can always go back over it and it won’t show
through so I’ll see you in the next one see ya grout

20 thoughts on “Ombre Wall DIY: How to Paint an Ombre Accent Wall (Tutorial, Tips & Tricks)

  1. Your tutorial was excellent! You would make a very thorough teacher! Thank you so much for sharing! The wall looks fabulous!

  2. This has been the best ombré tutorial however, I’m scared that if I use my solid light blue color and add half white, for the first transition, that it will be too much of a light transition. Any suggestions? I’m only using light blue to white. I need help with the measurements of white for the transition.

  3. Thanks this was just wat I needed so self explanatory and I can see where I can tweak a bit and experiment as you said with the ombre… ❤️ love your tips common sense and simple instructions…

  4. U seem so nice and funny, and remind me of an upgraded version of my second grade teacher who was mean, old, and not pretty with a perfect hair style like you. (Sorry Mrs. Robe u were mean!) I wish you were my teacher…Sorry I'm an artist with coffee who got distracted and started thinking about that. ..besides that your ideas are smart with ease Great video!

  5. This is such a succint and well put together tutorial. I'm curious though, did you leave the otehr walls white? I'm asking because I really hate white. I really want to do ombre in my bedroom but I just don't want any white walls around it so I'm hesitating. Also, it's a really high ceiling bedroom so that's something that's been working on me on what to figure out what to do.

  6. I. Can. Do. This. Thankyou lol great explanation. I saw a video where a girl used a squirt bottle of water to help spread and blend out the paint 🙂
    For me and my ADD brain that visual map of the mixing made it so much easier to understand. Lol like you said. I do WAY better seeing it laid out than verbally explained 😂

  7. AWESOME VIDEO!!! We followed your instructions and our room came out incredible!! Your rule of half mixing was perfect! Thank you for the video!!!

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