How to Paint 3 Colors Around a Room & Have Each Color Bleed Into the Other Color

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When painting a room, an interesting way to spice it up is to paint the walls more than one color. Some people choose to paint each wall a different color, but you also can put several colors on one wall and bleed the colors together to create an ombre effect. You can use three shades of one color, going from dark to light, or three colors that look nice together. The ombre effect makes the colors look as if they are fading into each other. You can easily achieve this effect by using a dry paintbrush and moist sponge to blend the colors together.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 buckets of different colored paint
  • Acrylic glazing liquid
  • 3 mixing containers
  • 3 paint rollers and trays
  • 1 paintbrush
  • Sponge
  • Rag
  • Chalk
  • Draw two straight lines across the walls where you want the colors to bleed together using the chalk.

  • Mix each bucket of paint with acrylic glazing liquid in separate mixing containers. The mixes should be one part paint and three parts glaze. The glaze keeps the paint from drying immediately to allow you to blend the colors.

  • Paint the first color on the highest section using the roller and tray until you reach about 6 inches above the line.

  • Paint the second color in the middle section, from about 6 inches below the line to 6 inches above the second line using a different paint roller and tray.

  • Paint diagonal lines and crosshatches in the unpainted section using a dry paintbrush by stroking through the lower few inches of paint in the first section and the upper few inches of paint in the middle section. Only one paintbrush is necessary since its purpose is to bring the colors closer to bleed. Wipe the paintbrush with a rag occasionally to keep paint from clumping in the bristles. Clean the paintbrush after use.

  • Rub the crosshatched sections of paint together so they meet at the chalk line using a damp sponge to create a "bleeding" effect. Rinse the sponge.

  • Paint the lower section, starting 6 inches below the second line, to the floor or baseboard, using another roller and tray.

  • Paint diagonal lines and crosshatches, again using the dry paintbrush, in the unpainted section by stroking through paint from the lower few inches of the middle section and upper few inches of the lower section. Wipe the paintbrush with a rag occasionally to keep paint from clumping in the bristles. Clean the paintbrush after use.

  • Rub the crosshatched sections of paint together so they meet at the chalk line using the damp sponge.

References

  • Photo Credit man painting the wall image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com
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