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Ombré Painting Technique

Introduce a rainbow of colors to any room with the ombré painting technique. Get beautiful results without specialty paints or special tools.

Ombre Painting Technique

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • 2 or 3 3-in synthetic-bristle brushes
  • Tape measure
  • Straightedge


  • Valspar Signature paint:
  • Starry Woods (#5005-5C)
  • Tranquility (#CI 183)
  • Coral Mist (#2001-2B)
  • Poppy Petal (#2001-1C)
  • Iced Berry (#1004-1C)
  • Coral Passion (#2001-1B)
  • Hint of Cherry (#1004-1B)
  • Berry Blush, (#1004-1A)

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Step 1

Coat both sides and all edges of the project surface with two base coats of paint (Polar White shown). Divide the work area by the number of paint colors you'll apply -- the room screen shown has eight sections. Use light pencil lines to mark off the areas.

Step 2

Lay out the colors in the order you'll apply them from bottom to top. The order shown is Berry Blush, Hint of Cherry, Coral Passion, Iced Berry, Poppy Petal, Coral Mist, Tranquility, and Starry Woods. Open and stir each jar before painting.

Step 3

Use a 2-in or 3-in angled bristle brush and horizontal strokes to fill in each section of a panel so the colors touch but don't overlap. Repeat for the other two panels and let the paint dry for an hour.

Step 4

Blend colors with a paintbrush

To blend the sections with an ombré effect, start with the bottom section color and brush over the top portion of the previously painted surface. One brush width away from the next section, load the brush with the color from that section and brush the border between sections to blend the colors.

Step 5

Blend colors with a paintbrush

Repeat the previous step for the remaining sections, cleaning and drying your brush between sections.