before and after

before & after: ombre booth walls

by Kate Pruitt

It’s a thrilling time of year for me, a former display artist, when I get to see emerging designers not only prepping their goods for exhibitions but also tinkering away to create unexpected, dramatic displays to showcase their designs. The booths deserve their own show for the amount of effort and creativity that go into making them. In honor of the upcoming design shows in NYC, I wanted to share this awesome ombre booth project from Rebekah of Wild Ink Press. With a few 4 x 8 boards and some oil-based monochromatic paints, she created this stunning ombre booth to hold her line of paper goods at NSS this year.

The blues are beautiful, and it has majorly inspired me to try this technique on a wall at home. How gorgeous would this be in a bedroom, bathroom or kitchen? Who am I kidding — this would look amazing anywhere! Now I know how it’s done, although I bet it’s a bit harder than it looks to get the fade so smooth. Awesome job, Rebekah! — Kate

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Time: 6–8 hours

Cost: $68 (3 cans of oil-based paint)

Basic Steps: I used oil-based paint and an air-based paint sprayer (a sprayer hooked up to an air compressor). First, I rolled the lightest color as a base coat for the entire wall. Then, once that was dry, we sprayed the second lightest color (the midtone blue) half way up the wall. As we got near the top of the color line, we used very light and even spray strokes to blend the colors together. Last, we added the darkest blue to the bottom of the wall, using the same spray/blending method. In my test run (which you can see here), I was able to achieve the same look with three cans of regular store-bought spray paint.

I would say take it a little bit at a time! With spray painting, you can always go back over it again and blend more or add more color.  Also, use VERY contrasting colors — the aqua and navy are way different from each other, but that’s important to get a nice and rich blend. I used three colors, and I think that produces a richer look than just two. Good luck, and it’s not nearly as hard as I thought it would be! — Rebekah

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