Inspiration: Ombre!

Today we’re talking OMBRE!  I’m sure most of you are in the know about this trend, if not here’s a brief definition straight from Webster himself:

Having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark. (French, past participle of ombrer to shade)

I first remember using this technique in my high school art class (we just called it blending) when painting the fading blue sky of my landscape.  Now it is used in so many different applications and has become quite the trend.  Ombre has been used on everything from living room walls to fingernails to wedding cakes.  I have to say, of all the applications my favorite is how it is translated into floral design.  The color gradations that are available in flowers are endless and the result is visually stunning!

So how do you create this must-have wave of color?  I found two tutorials that I love on the subject, I hope you’ll like them too.  The first is a centerpiece arrangement from Pollen Floral Design. Click on the picture below for a full tutorial provided by Ruffled.
Floral OmbreThe second ombre masterpiece is a floral crown fit for a queen.  This whimsical creation is designed by Lisa Collins of Sweet Woodruff.  Stephanie Sterjovski featured the tutorial on her blog last spring. Click the image for a full run down.
Floral Crown

Just in time for Spring, this trend will incorporate all your favorite colors.  I’ll leave you with a few more images to spark your creativity!




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