Ombre Design

October 15, 2014
Ombre Design

Ombre is derived from the French word ombrer which means to shade.

As such, ombre is when a colour is used either from light to dark, or dark to light, as a gradual shading.

This age old process has seen a spike in popularity, and can today been seen anywhere from hairstyles to carpet, curtains to invitations.

When it comes to featuring ombre in the home, the options are endless.

You can use it simplistically or boldly, it just depends on the final look you're trying to achieve.

If it's a subtle more understated look - think about soft furnishings and smaller accents.

Things like cushions and throws or vases and framed prints of ombre can easily be replaced and updated if you tire of the trend.

Ombre Cushions

Do you have a tallboy or set of drawers in need of some TLC?

Simply remove the bottom drawer and paint the facade with your favourite colour.

Now, add white to the paint and paint the next drawer up. So on and so forth till you achieve a beautiful ombre look.



Feeling a little more adventurous?

Give your stairs an instant makeover using the same technique for the tallboy but this time, on the rise of your staircase.

This is incredibly effective and drawers the eye upwards creating an illusion of more space.


Curtains with a touch of ombre can help make a room feel grounded.



Weatherboards by default with their horizontal lineal pattern, make an ideal canvas for painting an ombre effect.

You can paint each individual board with a solid colour or, do more of a watercolour wash that has a more gradual, organic, fade.



Ombre used on an internal plastered wall can be breathtaking.

Simply use the same technique from darkest tone to lightest and gradually faded the tones together.

The look below is a beautiful example of just how effective a feature ombre wall can be.


Not for the fainthearted, how about outdoor wall cladding in an ombre pattern.

This can make for a very bold or subtle statement, depending on the colour tones used.


We hope we've inspired you to create your own ombre design in your home.