Want An Eye-Catching Room?

An ombre wall treatment begins with a single paint color and slowly melts into another, creating a dreamy, water-colored effect as it covers the spectrum between two colors.

Sound complicated?

It’s not as hard to pull off as you might think. All you need is a little patience and a good set of directions.

These simple, step-by-step instructions will take you from start to finish, offering plenty of helpful tips and tricks along the way.

Important Tip: Choose Colors That Blend Well

Choosing shades that blend well can be tricky, especially if you hope to fade from one color into another.

  • For a soft, soothing effect, pair a pale pastel with a medium hue, or choose a single shade of paint to blend with white.
  • Prefer a bold look? Go a little deeper into the spectrum, starting with a pale-to-medium shade and finishing with something a little richer.

Supplies Needed:

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Ladder or step stool
  • Masking tape
  • Two colors of paint
  •  Disposable measuring cup
  • Five-gallon bucket (for mixing)
  • Large mixing stick
  • Three large paint trays
  • Three medium-sized paint rollers
  • Small paintbrush
  • Several large paintbrushes

Step-By-Step Directions:


  • Clean your surface.
  • Wipe down and remove anything on the wall you’ll be painting.
  • Whenever possible, remove all furniture in the room to give yourself room to work.
  • Cover anything you cannot move and all floors with thick plastic to prevent spills and slips.

2. Start With A Light Shade of Paint


Begin by painting the entire wall the lightest shade of paint and let it dry. Instead of using a primer first, buy paints that have primer mixed in. This ensures good coverage on the wall, which will make a fresh surface for your paint treatment to blend. Don’t skimp on the paint.

 3. Divide Your Wall Into Sections

 To achieve an ombre look, measure three equal sections on your wall and mark lightly in pencil. The top section will be the lightest color. The darkest color goes at the bottom, leaving the third color for the center.

4. Paint Middle Section and Blend

Paint the middle section with the second-lightest color, leaving 6″ of room between the edges of each section. In a timely manner, hold a dry brush at a 45 degree angle to blend.

5. Go Darker Towards The Bottom 

Paint the darkest hue at the bottom of the wall, leaving a foot between color sections.

6. Mix Shades

The real trick to an ombre paint treatment is in creating two additional color blends by mixing the lightest color with the middle color, and the middle color with the darkest color. These two additional colors allow you to “blend” the three main colors on the wall.