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How to Achieve An Ombre Effect

It’s ombre, but not as you know it – say hello to the new way to colour fade.


Who doesn’t love an ombre-effect wall? Soft, yet striking, it’s a look that echoes the sky at dusk and brings instant calm to a space.

We’ve come up with a dramatic new way to work ombre – using two saturated shades; one dark, one mid-tone. Opulent and rich, it’ll set the mood for the cosy season ahead. And because it’s a free-hand technique, you don’t need to worry about keeping inside the lines. Even better, the effect will never look the same twice, so your home will be as unique as you are.

Watch the video above or read below for the step-by-step guide to try it for yourself.

You’ll need:

  • 2.5 litres of Aged Bronze & Viridian Tide from Dulux MixLab

  • Tape measure

  • Coloured chalk

  • Two large rollers and roller trays

  • Paint brush


Step 1. Measure and mark a line on the wall where you want the two colours to blend using the coloured chalk.

Step 2.: Apply Aged Bronze to the top part of the wall with the roller and allow to dry.

Step 3. Apply Viridian Tide to the bottom half of the wall with the other roller (don’t worry about getting a perfectly straight line between the colours). Allow to dry.


Step 4. Get an extra pair of hands to help you with this step! Use a roller loaded with Viridian Tide to create a band of fresh paint just below the line, while your helping hand uses a brush to create a fresh band of Aged Bronze just above it.

Step 5. Use the same brush to blend the colours together while they are still wet using a criss-cross brush stroke to get a good blended effect. Blend the colours in one-metre sections at a time and don’t let the paints dry out. There you have it!

Ready to ombre? Order colour testers in Aged Bronze and Viridian Tide straight to your door.

Find even more inspiration and project ideas in the digital Dulux Let's Colour magazine.

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