I know I am not alone in being entranced by the ombré or grades of colour look. This is an effect that has shown up in different mediums for decades, if not centuries. To pick one, I have a sideline vintage clothing business and I can tell you that if ever an ombré frock appears on the scene, it does not matter from which era be it victorian, 1930s or 1950s, it always creates a flurry of excitement. It just looks so different. And it is not that it is difficult to achieve, but it does take work to achieve and that shines through. The same applies to decorating. Graded colourwashed walls always look impressive. Or rather it looks impressive if done properly. It is not easy to achieve the perfect hazy look that deepens as you move down the wall (so if you are going to attempt it, just have a wee practice first). But get it right and your walls will look amazing. You can create and effect using stencils too. It will only work with certain designs and I won't deny it isn't going to take some work, but the result is amazing. You will have truly exceptional walls. This wall was created using our DM4-X Chevron decorating mask from Big & Bold. Other stencils that can be used to create an ombré include MD47 Fade from our Modern Design range, VN31 Marble from our Vintage range of stencils, DE234 Repeat No. 25 from our Art Nouveau range, DE323 Repeat No. 44 from our Art Deco range to name a few. All of these have defined repeats so you can stencil each "row" in a different shade of the same tone going from light to dark or vice versa for a proper ombré effect. With other designs, for example a damask, you can stencil in an ombré effect but like colourwashed walls, you will have to be a bit more skilled about blending the shades of colour from one to the next to get the subtle gradation as there are no defined "bands" within the stencil to do it. It can be done, but have a practice first. This type of effect is more difficult than using a stencil where you simply stencil each band of repeats in a single tone, changing the tone as you move down the wall. Yes, these effects take planning, thought, concentration and work, but the results will always be worth it and special.