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Trending: How to Pull Off Ombre Decor

Ombre Throw - White to Aqua

One of the big trends to come out of Paint Place’s 2014 forecast was Ombre – the art of graduating colours from light to dark. It’s been big in hair for a while now (think balayage) and as with most things, the fashion has spilled over into home decor. I’m currently obsessed with ombre decor and love that it can be applied to an array of materials from fabric to wood to ceramic and plastic. Let’s look at some successful applications and figure out how to apply it yourself at home!

Ombre Tea Towel with Cutlery Print Ombre Bedspread - Teal and Watermelon Colours Ombre Rope in Neon Green / Yellow

I hate to start with the most difficult material to apply ombre to, but fabric showcases it in the most fantastic way. Thankfully, manchester is starting to pop up locally featuring ombre (KMart stocks quilt cover sets), so you don’t have to do it yourself. But if you’re that way inclined (I hear ya), I suggest starting small and experimenting with a tea towel. Head to Spotlight for fabric dye and click here for a full tutorial.

Ombre Colour Fading Dining Chair - White to Blue Ombe Desk and Chair - Pink and White

Furniture is a little easier to apply ombre too, because it’s as simple as spray painting the entire thing one colour (white, like in the example above), spraying one section in your lighter blue hue and completing the look by spraying your dark blue to the bottom – carefully graduating from one colour to another. The easier way to do it on larger pieces, like the desk above, is to just paint sections in large, solid colours. Five shades have been used in this example to give the desired ombre effect.

Ombre Vase Vessel - White to Yellow Ombre iPhone Case with Blue to Aqua Pattern

As you can see, the options are rather endless; ceramics and even smartphone cases receive the ombre treatment. It’s definitely a daring, punchy effect and is ideal for Spring, where you can experiment a bit more with colour and call on zesty hues for added wow factor.

Drop me a comment below and let me know if you’re an ombre obsessive and if you’ve experimented at home with it.

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mocha.uk.com, notonthehighstreet.com, nannieinez.blogspot.com.au, welovelaughkiss.wordpress.com,
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Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He's also spent time on TV, on Channel 10's Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

  • Kate Buric


    My sis is having an ombre wedding cake! Yellow into pink….should be interesting!

    30 October, 2013
  • Ooh coloured ombre is my new favourite! I’d love to have more around the house, but my partner is so traditional & he just likes dark wood for everything… might have to start small, like the phone case – and work up to the doona 😉

    Amy | Bubbles & Blush

    30 October, 2013
  • Melinda


    Ooh I LOVE the ombre desk! And the phone case is gorgeous too.

    Just stumbled across your blog and loving it so far 🙂

    Melinda x

    5 November, 2013

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