Ombré paint effect tutorial

When ombré paint effect walls take over your Friday night…

I had this wall in the kitchen and it really bothered me.  It was solid white and although I liked the lighter shade contrasting with the dark walls of the living space, it grated on me.  

I considered wallpaper but struggled with the commitment.  Generally I’m a massive fan of wallpaper which is demonstrated in many areas of Luxe HQ.  This time around wallpaper didn’t feel right for the particular wall in question so my mind turned to paint effects.  That’s when the lightning bolt struck.  Ombré paint effect!

Here is my tutorial guide to recreating an ombré paint effect in your home.

  1. Choose three different colours that complement each other - one pale, one medium and one dark. I actually cheated here – right at the first stage I know, I’m a rebel.  I picked one shade (Jezebelish from Valspar) and mixed with white paint to create two varying shades.
  2. Here’s the obvious part (the one that I generally totally ignore). Make sure to fully prepare, prime and tape off your chosen area.  Don’t say I didn’t spell it out.
  3. Use a good quality roller (I’ve tried the cheap ones and you just end up with fluff all over your newly painted wall) and coat the entire wall in the palest shade. My wall was already white and as I was fading into white I missed out this part.
  4. Once the base is dry, measure three equal horizontal sections on your wall and mark lightly in pencil using a spirit level. The top section will be the palest and the bottom the darkest with the middle section merging into each other.
  5. Apple the dark shade first.  I used a paint brush for this stage as it gave me more control but you can use a roller if you prefer, just be prepared to give it a few coats to get the shade you desire.
  6. Then apply the medium shade, leaving a six inch gap between the dark section.


7.  Apply the lightest shade next.

8. In an old Tupperware container (or paint tray if you’re posh) mix the palest and middle shades at a ratio of 50:50. This new colour you will use to blend the 6 inch gap between the palest and middle colours. I found using a combination of a slightly damp sponge and a dry brush best, gradually working the colours into each other to get the desired effect.

9. So in another container, mix the middle and darkest shades at a ratio of 50:50. Use this second new colour to blend the 6 inch gap between the middle and darkest colours.  Get rubbing that sponge in nice circular motions.  Let yourself loose and your inner Picasso out!


The great aspect about this paint effect is that it doesn’t have to be perfect.  Treat it like a work of art, an expression of your emotions.  I’ve tinkered with mine several times over the course of a few days after I completed it.  You’ll find that when the paint dries different areas made need a little touch up.


I love how individual it is.  No one else in the world will have a wall exactly like yours!  How cool is that?  And if, at the end of the day, it all goes wrong just paint it white again.  Definitely not magnolia though.  It could never be that bad.

Join me next time for a quick tutorial on the new kitchen splashback. Thank you so very much for all your gorgeous feedback on the ombré paint effect wall and the splashback.  One lovely lady even asked me if it was tiles!  The fact that I painted it whilst Mr Luxe was at the pub and I was making tea for the kids just shows how easy it was to do. 

Why not have a go yourself?  I’d love you to share pictures with me of your own walls.

G x

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