Home Tones: Ombré

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Ombré literally means ‘shade’ in French. It’s the graduation of light to dark (and sometimes, back again) of colour. Think sunrise and sunset and the colours of the rainbow. It’s a very ‘on trend’ fashion in hair, nail art, cake decorating… and décor.

If you fancy using the effect in your home, the most obvious application is in the painting of walls. It looks easy to do, but it’s hard to perfect the subtle, imperceptible colour changes. As well as painting walls, you could tackle stair risers, adding a little white or black paint to the pot with each stair.

There are lots of other ways of bringing ombré detailing into your décor. Dip-dye fabric for use in curtains, cushion covers, bedding and upholstery. Lay kitchen and bathroom tiles on walls and even floors; it’s particularly effective if you use small mosaics.

We particularly like the bottom but one image below of shelves of books arranged according to their colour – I don’t think I’d be able to find particular titles if we did this with our books though!

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Green ombré garden roomcredit

Ombré mosaic tiles bathroomcredit

Yellow ombré wood effect wallpapercredit

Blue ombré curtain in a hallwaycredit

Bookshelf with books organised in a rainbow formationcredit

Hallway stairs carpeted in grey ombré tonescredit

Gimme Five! Shade loving vegetables

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selection of 5 shade loving vegetables | H is for Home | #gardening #allotment #seeds

We’ve been working down to our allotment a couple of times in the past few weeks, mainly raking up mounds and mounds of leaves that fell last autumn.

In the summer, much of the plot is in dappled shade thanks to lots of big, tall beech trees. Because of this, a lot of what we planted last year such as tomatoes and peas didn’t produce bumper harvests. This year we’ve been looking into shade loving vegetables.

Vegetables and herbs with lots of dark green leaves are an indicator to shade tolerance. Spinach, kale, lettuce, parsley, coriander will all do well. There’s a saying I’ve come across which is a general rule of thumb for growing fruit & veg: “If you grow it for the fruit, you need full sun. If you grow it for the leaves, stems or sprouts, partial shade is all you need.”