As the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living continue to blur, in terms of keeping up with latest colour trends and influences, the range of outdoor paints available has soared. Not too long ago, if your house was rendered, as ours is, the choice of outdoor masonry paint went little further than white or magnolia.
But just look at these coastal cottages in Shaldon, South Devon. Bright Wedgwood blues, sugar pinks and lush lemon are now amongst the many options available. And as you can see, these shades suit these fisherman’s cottages perfectly.
In this instalment of my colour crush series, I’m going to take a look at how we can now use outdoor paint to add colour to just about everything outside that doesn’t move!
From whole houses to garden walls and fences right through to tired looking patio furniture, there’s bound to be a paint for it, and as you’ve probably guessed, I love it. Just say ‘colour’ and I’m in!
Outdoor Masonry Paint
For those of you familiar with my blog, you’ll know that we’ve recently transformed our dull and distinctly overgrown courtyard garden into something altogether more colourful, thanks to several tins of outdoor masonry paint and a little work.
When we moved in, we were met with this:
Which now looks like this, much more inviting, and we use it all the time.
Once I’d had the walls rendered, I painted them a vibrant terracotta shade called Hot brick from Sandtext. This together with some evergreen planting has given us a beautiful courtyard that we can enjoy year round.
I’m just so pleased I chose such a rich wall colour, it gives the garden a hot mediterranean feel, especially when the sun catches it. White or magnolia just wouldn’t have the same effect, especially as the garden’s north facing, which is hard to believe looking at these photos.
Garden Shades – Metal Furniture
Deep azure blues always make me think of mediterranean seas and hot summers, so this colour choice was a no brainer when faced with this bistro set that had seen much better days. originally matt black, the paint finish wasn’t that great and much had chipped off and the furniture was beginning to rust.
I quickly brushed the whole lot over with a wire brush and a little sandpaper. i then painted them in Hammerite’s outdoor metal paint in blue. I’ve used this paint countless times as it covers rust brilliantly, and gives a long lasting finish
I don’t have a ‘before’ photo for this little bistro set, but as you can see, once painted up, they’re super bright and cheerful.
Hot pink must be one of the most uplifting of colours and no more so than when used outdoors. The bonus of this John Lewis bistro set is that it’s really compact and space saving. It can also be folded out of the way when you want to create more space. Just perfect for balconies and small gardens.
Garden Shades – Wooden Outdoor Furniture
Of course it’s not just metal garden furniture that can benefit from a coat of paint. Old wooden furniture can also be given a wonderful boost with a pop of colour. In my experience, it also helps give it a longer lifespan to.
As you may recall from earlier posts, our wooden garden furniture was looking very tired this spring, so I decided it was time to get the paint out.
It began the year looking like this:
My first choice of paint was B&Q’s Pomegranate. A nice shade, but too similar to our garden walls.
I then turned to my old favourite Cuprinol’s Garden Shades in Barleywood. I absolutely love this shade and have used it many times, but it just felt too bright in this setting. I finally settled on Cuprinol’s Seagrass shade, a soft blue/green, almost a mermaid shade, which suits the garden much better. It’s not often I change my mind about a paint shade so frequently. At least with all these coats of paint, the old wood should be well protected for a while!
Beach Hut Brights
I just had to include some of my favourite beach huts here as what better way is there to express yourself with paint than down at your beach hut.
Pastel colours are the order of the day here, so no nautical blues and reds allowed. They still make the grade colour wise though, especially when they catch the evening sun. Just look how mellow they look as the sun goes down.
If traditional seaside colours are you’re thing, then these huts at Goodrington Sands should appeal. Painting rules still apply though. In this case, it’s all white white the exception of the door and timber gables.
What I love about these is that whatever the weather, the cheery, slightly bonkers clash of bright colours easily raises a smile on everyone’s face. I’d love a beach hut, I wonder what colour I’d paint it……..