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The ombré look isn’t just the hottest trend in hair colour, it has also made its way into clothing and even home decor. So what is it?

Paint a ombre statement wall

Paint effects — make a style statement on your walls using this show-stopping painting technique

Ombré is a graduation of colour from dark to light. When applied to walls with paint, the effect is like a whimsical kiss of colour that subtly fades to pale. This look works well with bold shades or a rainbow effect, but softer colours get our vote.

How to make an ombre paint effect

Step 1:  Select colours adjacent to one another on a Resene colour chart to ensure the colour is graduated and the tones match. We used five colours for this wall, chosen from the same Resene colour chart.

Step 2:  Paint the whole wall in two coats of the lightest colour (Resene White Linen) allowing 30 minutes’ drying time after the first coat.

Step 3:  Divide the wall roughly into five sections horizontally and mark lightly with a pencil.

Step 4:  Paint the second section from the top in Resene Pale Rose with a roller. Sneak this shade into the white section with a paint roller while both shades are still wet so it merges slightly.

Step five:  Using a clean roller, paint the third section in Resene Cupid. Again, sneak this shade into the Resene Pale Rose section with light strokes of the roller while both shades are still wet.

Step six:  Repeat step five for the fourth and fifth section using Resene Illusion and Resene Deep Blush. For each shade use your eye to merge colours with organic strokes.

Top tip:  Get the look in any room. The durability of Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen means you can use it in your bathroom, kitchen or laundry as well as your living area. For painting outside use Resene Sonyx 101 semigloss or Resene Lumbersider low sheen.

Walls: Resene Deep Blush, Resene Illusion, Resene Cupid, Resene Pale Rose and Resene White Linen.  

Accessories: Palisade side table in natural from Freedom; Eric Bonnin medium bird vases in oatmeal and white from Douglas and Bec; ceramic slanting jug, ceramic jug, acorn door stop, extra large oak string tidy with blade cutter, peg hooks, Alacati towel in grey check, Fog Linen Roserie scarf, Fog Linen bath towel in red chambray, and Fog Linen slippers in natural, all from Father Rabbit; American oak spindle back chair from Citta Design; Penny Sage 100 percent silk jacket from Simon James Design; Ara pink cushion from Country Road; Quadrille pink and white 50x30cm cushions from The Ivy House.

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Text by Johanna Thornton. Created by Emily Somerville-Ryan.

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