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Ombre’s Seduction

I love ombre. The shifting color feels like the fog, concealing one object with another.  Ombre feels perfect for San Francisco, which is often concealed in fog, and I want to decorate a home with this paint technique. Ombre is a great way to quietly animate a space, with a contemporary twist. When done right, it can feel mysterious. I once designed a bar at school, based on the idea of fog: the ombre glass partitions (part clear, part frosted) concealed and revealed the patrons…sexy and chic, animated and minimal, all about seduction.

Ombre is the non-pattern pattern. Ombre curtains, wall covering, and furniture look great. Mix a bunch of ombre pieces together and you might end up with a hot mess, or even mix ombre with other patterns and you might need to adjust your drink. When done right and kept minimal, ombre helps a space transcend the ordinary, and it can be very calming.

I think this Parisian interior is especially effective. The boiserie (wood wall paneling) has been painted white, leaving floor color to creep part-way up the walls, as though a veil is being lifted. This gradation of color is perfect for anywhere that you require concealment, such as a bathroom or bedroom window where you want to conceal part of the view (either in or out).

ramy_fischler___un_appartement____paris_5147_north_580x_whiteThis Spanish language school by Masquespacio incorporates ombre in pastel colors (which is a very on Trend Color). Fun and lively, perfect for a school.


And you can also use the ombre technique to paint an old chair or piece of furniture, giving it a new lease on life. Take this Windsor bench from Ercol as your guide.



David Bjørngaard, February 2014

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