#OPIintheHouse: Ombre Accent Wall Refresh

We’re pleased to welcome Ace Design Expert Nathan Fischer to The Drop, who is here to show us how he incorporated the OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington paint into a recent bedroom makeover. As you look for inspiring ways to bring color into your own home this season, we’re thrilled to show you how you can use your favorite OPI nail lacquer shades on your walls with the OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington, available exclusively at Ace Hardware.


This room needed a little help.  Correction: a lot of help. For my pre-teen daughter, the darker colors and heavy furniture were just not giving her the happy and inspiring space she wanted for her next phase of life. Her solution and request was to bring mint green into the room in some way. I browsed the OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington and discovered the perfect mint shade for this space: That's Hula-rious NLH65! The shade is bright, fresh and has great wall color potential in addition to being a color my daughter often wears on her nails! Since we’re hosting family this holiday season, it was the perfect time to give this room the refresh it needed.

#OPIintheHouse: Ombre Accent Wall Refresh

Painting the entire room this color was not going to give us the calm and comforting look we were going for, so I decided to paint one wall and make it a special accent wall. Painting an accent wall in a single shade can be an easy way to quickly bring new color to a room - but I wanted to take this design a step further, and decided to create a gradual, faded ombre stripe pattern that would update the room and add a creative vibe.


Believe it or not, an ombre wall design is an easy design you can do in a day that provides a one-of-a-kind space! To achieve this look, I started by taping off the bottom horizontal stripe and painted the section with a coat of That's Hula-rious NLH65 from the OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington. Once dry, I taped off the next section above (stripes were about 18” apart) and added 20% white paint (I used my ceiling color, Alpine Snow NLL00) to the tray. This 80/20 mixture gave the paint a very slight, yet noticeable, change that would help create the gradient effect. I repeated this process of adding about 20% white to each different layer color. The exact mixture of white did not matter and no precise measuring was needed, just as long as there was a slight color change.


#OPIintheHouse: Ombre Accent Wall Refresh


A little time and a lot of tape ended up producing a stylized accent wall that made the perfect backdrop for some new furniture and art – I’m really happy with how this wall turned out! The surrounding walls were painted with a charcoal gray to match the headboard my daughter picked out and created a calm, comfortable and fun space. Since the wall was a piece of art itself, I also decided to hang small, minimal pieces throughout the room to really let the wall color pop. I hope this inspired you to try this idea out with your favorite shade from the OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington for a show-stopping room – happy painting!


#OPIintheHouse: Ombre Accent Wall Refresh


About Nathan Fischer

Nathan Fischer is the owner and principal designer for Stiles Fischer Interior Design of Laguna Beach, a coastal California design and decorating firm that specializes in mixing classic and modern styles. In addition to his design work, Nathan is an accomplished artist, and has shown his work in galleries throughout the U.S. Experimenting with color inspires Nathan, and a fresh coat of paint is his go-to recommendation for those that want to make the most dramatic and cost effective update to their home. You can follow Nathan Fischer at @natefischer.


About the OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington

Ace Hardware, the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world, and OPI, the world's premier professional nail lacquer brand, have come together to bring OPI's most popular colors to life with an exclusive color palette by Clark+Kensington®, Ace's premium paint line. The alliance between Ace Hardware and OPI is the first-ever collaboration of its kind and combines Ace's expertise in paint with OPI's expertise in color to create the OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington.

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