Ombre — the slow gradation from a light to dark color or from one hue fading into another — has been enjoying the limelight on the fashion runways for the past few seasons, and now the style is bleeding into home design. Whether it’s dip-dyed or hand-painted, this look is doable with just a few materials. We’ve handpicked a few DIYs that you can follow to get the faded look at home.
Artwork: Martha Stewart Living
Create your own ombre artwork by dyeing linen and stretching it across wooden stretcher bars from an art supply store. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you can make a tote bag to match!
Spindle Chair: Design*Sponge
On Design*Sponge, Jesse Dresbach of Nine Red Design gives a plain spindle chair a dramatic ombre makeover using shades of blue and white spray paint. We love the idea of updating garage sale furniture with this effect.
Tablecloth: Oh Happy Day
Ornamental Shells: Martha Stewart Living
This shell ornament project originally ran as a holiday project in Martha Stewart Living, but why not use the concept this summer? We love decorating shells collected at the beach with different shades of glitter blended together for an ombre effect. You can place a few on the dinner table for a sea-inspired centerpiece.
Gift Tags: Say Yes to Hoboken
Liz Stanley of Say Yes to Hoboken created these cheery gift tags by dip-dyeing manila tags into Rit dye.
Headboard and Bedding, Martha Stewart Living
For a soothing slumber, it may help to dye your headboard and bedding in peaceful shades of blue.
Dip-Dyed Ribbons, HEYLOOK
Over on Ruffled, the ladies behind Finnish design company HEYLOOK take inspiration from hand-dyed satin ribbons and create their own ombre version using strips of inexpensive muslin. Whether you wind up using it for a project around the house or to wrap a gift, it’s definitely ribbon worth saving!