Friday, April 25, 2014

Decorating With The Ombre Trend

Ombre (pronounced ahm-BRAY) or sometimes called "gradient", is a new interior trend which is based on a color change from dark to light tones or from one shade to another and is being used in a variety of ways in interior design. Ombre style can be found everywhere and on everything, from fashion to home decor and even walls.This new style is going strong as it seems to have alot of fans. If you are looking for something to accent a Bohemian style interior, this is your look. For example, fading from a soft ballerina pink into a medium rose can be a great addition to your bathroom, or a light malted milk shade into a mocha brown in a living or bed room. Just think of multi-shade paint swatches....they offer a great example of how to transition colors. Also keep in mind the tie dyed technique of the 60's only with variations of one color. The best ombre treatment produces a watercolor like effect. Gradient furniture and decorations can be beautifully displayed in modern and traditional houses as well due to their versatility and visual appeal. The technique might be a bit different as you will see in the pictures but the effect is the same.

I would suggest this to a client that is looking for something different. Just remember the key to this trends success is not to do too much ombré on too many pieces and get carried away.

Designers Guild

Luxurious light to dark shades creates a dramatic effect wherever they are used. It can be incorporated on various styles fading from dark to light or light to dark. You can enjoy this modern style using it from furniture and textiles to walls and other artistic decorations for your home.

If painting is not an option, Castellani Wallpapers are a great way to get the effect.

Choose two-three variations of one color. Keep it simple and keep the fade to a gradual transitional soft fade.

Olivier Lempereur

You can also shade horizontally as well.

Designers Guild

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There are curtains, where the gradient is applied like watercolor, with picturesque strokes. Gradient on these curtains will create a feeling of lightness. If you are creative you can tie dye fabric yourself! Such an option is a great opportunity to create an original and characteristic decoration of the window.

When making ombre effect on the walls, stay in the same color family such as this warm olive.

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Remember ombre is best applied to walls as a blended, color fade. It takes a lot of skill (or a trained professional) to apply the specialty treatment of dip and dye on the walls. Usually large stripes of color, even gradient color, don't work in most homes with low ceilings. Unfortunately many do it yourselfers are painting their walls in large bold stripes to try and be part of the trend and it is just not pleasing to the eye. You have seen the pictures of purple stripes or bright orange with big white lines between each shade.
Don't Do This!It is not a good look.

Instead stick with subtle striping in colors that blend easier. They are easier to work with than bolder choices. I know some people like bold do I, but with this technique expert advice will probably be needed to pull off a successful look.

An example of paint chip gradient. This also needs to be subtle to look good.

But while making ombre effect on the walls, it is important to remember that the darker shades should be at the bottom in rooms with low ceilings. This will visually increase the height of the space. Also the more subtle the color the better if you are using stripes.

It is expensive to have this technique painted on, and not everybody likes wallpaper. But there are many other ways to incorporate this design element into your painted stairway risers.

Painting furniture in ombre style is another popular aspect of this trend.

Great for a beach house!

Design Sponge

Purchase or create an ombre work of art!

Adam Nyholt, Photographer

Use pillows to create an ombre effect.

The Interiors Addict

On the more affordable end, this centuries-old technique of dyeing is used on textiles like frill blankets, throw pillows, floor rugs and upholstered furnishings.

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Don't forget underfoot.

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Textile manufacturers have not missed the opportunity to support such a fashion trend. So today it doesn't take much effort to find the right tone for curtains with ombre effect. Lightweight materials look especially effective in window decoration: silk, linen, cotton and organza.

Heincker Design

However you choose to get on the ombre bandwagon, you can rest assure it will give your interiors a unique, one of a kind look.

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