Welcome to my new bathroom! Thanks to the straightforward DIY instructions in a recent West Elm catalog, walls that were once a neutral beige are no longer. Hello, fun factor!
Here’s the how to do it yourself from West Elm:
1. Pick your palette. Choose three shades of one color. (I chose the two lightest and the very darkest of Benjamin Moore #2031).
2. Start out light. Cover the entire wall in the lightest color, then paint the bottom fourth of the wall in the darkest shade.
3. Go tonal. Mix a new batch of color using the middle and darkest shades, then paint a band just above the bottom section. Above that, apply a section of only the medium hue.
4. Blend the borders. While the paint is still wet, use a dry paint brush to muddle the bands of color, dabbing the borders between each shade until they blend into one light-to-dark work of art. (suggestion: have on hand 3-4 dry brushes so that you have one for each color blending area.)
Additional notes about the ombre experience: I used Benjamin Moore’s ‘Aura’ paint, specially formulated to tolerate the dampness of a bathroom. However, after experiencing frustration with how quickly it dried — seriously interfering with my mushing together of the different color layers — a quick google search revealed that this paint finish is designed to dry faster than others. So, if you’re taking your bathroom space into the world of ombre, you may want to consider a satin or eggshell finish instead. If you simply must have more than one color in your ombre, try a multi-color combo. Directions from West Elm are here.