"…defined as the gradation of color, the word 'ombre' comes from the French word for 'shaded.' The term was first used to describe a method of dying fabrics in gradations of a single color…"

The finished result is soft and gentle appearing on everything from soft furnishings to furniture. These slight color changes sophisticated and elegant began catching on in 2010, and it is now part of the rage. It first made an appearance in hairstyles, then it debuted in the fashion world; and now it continues into our homes, showing no signs of going anywhere. The graduated-color look has been embraced by a broad array of artistic disciplines. From hair salons to fashion runways and from cake decorating to interior design studios, ombre design is everywhere. Home decorators can easily learn how to decorate with ombre in their own homes as well; and if you are a decorista on a budget, you can easily spice up a room using quick and easy do-it-yourself techniques. Ombre has been used for centuries to add interest to textiles. Today, learning how to decorate with ombre can be as easy as a visit to an online or retail store. A number of tactile accessories are available with ombre coloring, including lampshades, window shades, pillows and bedding. The traditional ombre dying process for fabrics can be a bit time consuming, but it is easy to create the ombre effect by simply immersing some lengths of the fabric in dye longer than others. The ombre effect is not just for fabrics-the subtle progression of deepening shades lends itself well to wall covering and flooring as well. A shower surrounded with blue glass tiles that deepen in color from top to bottom gives the shower the look of a waterfall. In the dining room, a wall with deepening shades of orange gives the space the feeling of perpetual sunset. Ombre offers multiple opportunities to add visual interest within a room's established color palette.

"…the progressive blending of shades leaves a relaxed elegance that can fit into contemporary or traditional interiors – it is a fun and easy-to do design with stunning results…"

In interior design, this transition of color to update a focal point in a room is fun, lively and allows one to use colors that might be intimidating otherwise. This trend leaves plenty of options to bring complimentary colors into the scheme, whilst the play on shading is great at directing people's eyes (typically from the lighter shade to the darker), to a focal point. It can also be a great component in the composition of a room. This technique can create a brilliant illusion of height if used correctly. The gradual color can really open up a room and lend a sense of brightness and spaciousness, especially when the tones range from dark at the floor to light at the ceiling. So whether its paint dipped walls or ombré accessories, you can still make a style statement with cushions, bedding or even wallpaper. The progressive blending of shades leaves a relaxed elegance that can fit into contemporary or traditional interiors. It is a fun and easy-to do design with stunning results.

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