Ombre, technically ombré, is everywhere these days. It is an absolutely massive trend. We’re seeing it in everything from clothing to hair dye. It is showing up all over the crafting world, and guess what? We are also seeing it in décor—no surprise there.
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock over the past couple years, “ombre” is a French word which translates to “shaded.” That is a perfect description of what it means. When something is described as “ombre,” it means that it contains a transitional series of hues blending seamlessly from one to the next.
Usually these will all be hues of the same color, blending from darker to lighter shades. Sometimes, however, ombre may contain different colors. The most important thing is that they fade smoothly into each other without clashing at any point along the way.
Ombre is a relatively new trend which may have gotten started around the year 2000. It really has only risen to prominence though over the past few years, however. By now, there is a pretty good chance you have seen ombre décor for sale at the store, or encountered someone wearing ombre makeup or hair dye. Maybe you even spotted an ombre cake at the most recent wedding you attended.
Incorporating ombre into your home décor can provide you with an eye-catching effect. It’s a great way of adding color to your interior without overwhelming it or clashing in any way with any of your existing decor. It creates a smooth, minimalist look, and while it works well with bold hues, it is particularly striking with pastels.
This can also work nicely in conjunction with the “all white” design trend which is popular right now. If most of your décor is white, a few items which smoothly transition in and out of various pastels can help break up that white and define your space without disrupting that soft elegance you are trying to cultivate.
Looking for some exciting ombre projects to decorate your own space? In this list, I have gathered 50 beautiful décor ideas which are sure to flatter any home!
26. Sometimes hard edges actually work.
Usually you want a nice smooth gradient with ombre, but you do not have to go for that look. Sometimes harder, more defined edges actually look quite cool.
27. Dip-dying looks great on tablecloths too.
This can work well in your home, and it can add some color and pizzazz to event décor as well. If you are decorating for a wedding, you can use the same colors which are incorporated into the rest of the theme to help unify the look of your reception.
28. Ombre works well inside of cabinets too.
On the outside, this just looks like a plain old ordinary cabinet. But once you open the doors, you are greeted by a cheerful gradient of hues which contrasts exquisitely with the pale color of the doors.
29. Ombre works beautifully on bookshelves.
Here is a bookshelf which originally was unpainted. The white makes for a beautiful contrast with the shades of blue that were used for the interior of the shelves. Visit the link to view more pictures and learn more about this lovely transformation.
30. Get subtle about ombre.
This dresser has almost entirely been painted a dark blue—but there is some tan worked in toward the bottom, almost more like a suggestion a gradient than a full-on gradient. Because of the contrast in the colors, it almost gives the dresser the illusion of being lit by a mysterious glow from the bottom.
31. Experiment with chemistry.
This cabinet (is it a cabinet?) was not painted with these different hues. Instead, the unique effect was created by exposing oak (which contains tannic acid) to certain chemicals, resulting in a reaction creating a dark blue color. Check the link below to see other furniture items which artist Steven Banken has treated using the same technique, and to see a video about how he did it.
32. Make an ombre rug out of pom poms.
If you are looking for one of the easiest ways to make an ombre rug to add some color and cushioning to any room of your home, try using pom poms in closely related hues. You can either purchase pom poms for this purpose, or you can make them yourself using yarn. Visit the link for a tutorial to learn how to make a beautiful rug like this yourself!
33. Make an ombre paper mobile.
Here is another idea for ombre décor which is completely different from anything else I have shared so far. Make a beautiful ombre mobile that you can hang anywhere in your home! This project is easy to customize with any colors you want. Visit the link to learn how to make one.
34. Spruce up your porch with an ombre pallet.
Sometimes the simplest décor ideas are the most brilliant ones—like this ombre pallet in fall colors to celebrate the arrival of the autumn season. Add some other fall décor, and you have a great look for your porch or patio.
35. Cover a basket in ombre twine or rope.
Believe it or not, this beautiful ombre basket started out as nothing more than a plastic container! First the rope was glued onto the container, and then it was painted with an ombre metallic gradient. Check the link for a full set of instructions.
36. Make a cute homespun sign in ombre colors.
Signs with sweet sayings on them are very fashionable right now, and a fun way to personalize your décor and add a little extra meaning to any room in your home. This ombre sign is particularly effective since the shades of blue and white convey the idea of the sea—much like the ombre wall in aqua hues that I shared earlier in the list.
37. Make a flower garland in ombre.
Here is a project I think is just spectacularly beautiful. You can buy one of these hanging garlands on Etsy, or you can craft your own. If you zoom in, you can see that each of these little “blossoms” is just tissue paper. The gradient of hues is gorgeous! Use this as wedding décor or just hang it in a room of your house to beautify it.
38. Cover your wall in ombre hexagons.
I just love hexagons in décor—probably because they remind me of beehives, and I like insects. Anyway, this is yet another approach which you can take to making your walls ombre. To do this project, you tape patterns on your walls, and then paint inside the hexagons. The tape creates the white lines between them (when you peel it off). The result is a gorgeous series of ombre hexagons. Check the link for a full tutorial.
39. Make ombre spiderweb pumpkins to celebrate Halloween.
Just in time to welcome in fall, here is a project which teaches you how you can make ombre pumpkins featuring spiderweb patterns. These pumpkins are elegant enough you can fit them in with any décor beautifully.
40. Here is exactly how you can paint an ombre dresser.
Ombre dressers are so popular because they are so easy! But in case you are feeling lost with how to mix your paints to get a perfect smooth gradient from top to bottom, this image shows you exactly what you need to do. Just substitute in any two colors you want to use!
41. Why just go with one craze when you can combine three for triple the trendiness?
Paint chips are fabulous because of course they come in a huge range of colors and it is very easy to arrange them together in a variety of projects to get an ombre effect. At the link, you can find out how to create this easy-yet-mesmerizing ombre wall art. While it’d look beautiful in any colors, the blue really works with the chevron designs since it reminds one of the ocean.
42. Here is more help if you want to cover your wall in an ombre gradient.
At the link is one of the best tutorials I have found yet for ombre wall paint. Check it out to find out exactly how you can achieve a smooth and flawless effect!
43. Make an ombre garland out of real flowers.
Remember the paper flower garland idea I shared with you earlier? Here you can see the same idea with real flowers—a great idea if you are decorating for a wedding or another special event!
44. Dip-dye your napkins.
Seriously, there is nothing which cannot be improved through ombre dye! Here is an easy project which teaches you how you can dip dye your cloth napkins. Once they are finished, they can add some color to your place settings.
45. Paint an ombre canvas.
Once you have an ombre canvas, you are ready to turn it into any sort of fabulous wall art you choose. There are no limits here—just let your imagination guide you and create something amazing!
46. Make ombre mason jars.
Back on the subject of combining trends … if you love mason jars, why not paint them in ombre hues and line them up next to each other? It makes for a charming rustic effect.
47. Make an ombre sea glass wind chime.
Beach glass comes in most shades of green, ranging from very dark to very light (you can sometimes find it in white as well). If you order sea glass in all these different hues (it would take you ages to collect it on your own), you can fashion it into a lovely ombre sea glass wind chime. Think how great this would look against an ombre wall painted with sea colors!
48. Apply watercolors to fabric to make ombre pillows.
Check out the tutorial in the link below to find out how you can create watercolor ombre pillows like these. Don’t they look just magical? They remind me of clouds and sunsets.
49. Make a monogrammed letter wrapped in ombre yarn.
A monogrammed letter can make for a cute decorative item anywhere in your home—and it can also make a great gift. At the link, you can read a tutorial which teaches you how you can make one with lovely ombre hues.
50. Make lifelike ombre butterfly wall art.
Finally, last but certainly not least is this stunning ombre butterfly wall art. While it looks tricky, it is actually quite easy, because you are really just cutting out a bunch of identical butterflies from pieces of paper and gluing them to a canvas. The key is to arrange them so that they look ready to fly away.
Conclusion: Ombre Décor Is Fun and Easy, and Can Make Any Home More Beautiful
Now you have seen 50 great ideas for ombre décor around your house. Whether you ombre your walls, your curtains, your pillows, your tablecloth, or other items around your home, ombre can add a touch of color and refinement to your home.