Nothing throws shade on this ombré illusion bed as a chic bedroom design concept.
Ombré — color shading — is a sophisticated effect that’s not so easy to pull off in home décor. In a way, ombré is a rainbow done with light to dark variations of the same color — like the drawers on the Gradient Color Painted Dressers post. It also can be a progression of shades through two related colors that are adjacent on the color wheel— say blue to green — as we saw on spindles of the Statement Staircases.
I really favor ombré effects as they always are so distinctive. Last summer I even created an ombré ice cream dessert — which I promise I will publish in the near future — using 5 different shades of berry-flavored ice cream.
A similar confection was whipped up for this fabulous bed, which requires just a bit of explanation. At first I thought the spread was a single fabric with the color variation. But no! It was done as an ombré illusion. The headboard and bench were were created by repurposing an 18th century Venetian rococo white and parcel-gilt settee. The headboard was made from the back of the settee while the bench was recrafted from the seat. Both were upholstered in rusty-orange Donghia mohair. The lemon-yellow bedspread is a jacquard dot weave edged in pumpkin — the same color used as a separate pillow cover. The dark to light ombré effect is bracketed by the headboard border and bench frame. The bed sits against a partition wall with adjustable modern wall lights.
While the white and gold settee frame sets up this sunny day ombré scheme, it could easily be adapted with two pieces of painted furniture and upholstered in a gradient color trio of a completely different hue. Wouldn’t it be fabulous in gray or green?
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