Paving Superstore has shared seven tips for bringing your garden to life with colour.
Buy vibrant plants
When purchasing plants, position the pots of complementary tones together and spend a few moments to see how they feel and whether they have a calming or invigorating feel on your senses. Then, use this to create areas of your garden with a purpose.
According to TikTok hashtag views data, pink, black and red are among the most popular flower colours overall, with white, orange and purple following close behind. However, pink flowers (+62.7%) saw the biggest 2-month percentage increase in TikTok hashtag views, followed by red flowers (+47.4%) and purple flowers (+25.8%).
Paint or stain your wood items
Paint or stain wood items are a great way to add colour to your garden. Most wood items in your garden are usually pre-treated with a wood preserver. Returning the wood every 2–3 years is recommended to keep your items in good condition. There is a wide choice of treatment options depending on your desired outcome.
Stain garden buildings a new colour
Create a beachside feel with blues, creams, and sandy colours, or go bolder with stunning yellows, of course, you could always go traditional with pastel shades to look like the building is blending into the flower beds. The only limit is your imagination, but it’s good to know that you protect your wood while being creative.
Use steel products
Once weathered, steel has a lovely golden rust colour which would look natural in any garden design, complementing many colour palettes.
Incorporate sedum matting on roofs
Covering the roof of your garden building with Sedum matting will not only bring more colour into your garden but help to create another ecosystem for garden creatures on the unused roof of your building.
Get creative with garden furniture and furnishings
Garden furniture has developed from being just wooden or metal, with fibreglass now being quite popular. This mouldable, strong material has the benefit of being easy to colour. Pick a colour that can often be made to order; add a contrasting cushion for a quirky design feature.
Consider colourful paving designs
Paving can also add interesting colour designs to your garden , for example, creater example, create a striking patio with a contrasting border, or try a mosaic design in the middle of the patio to give an outdoor rug feel to your dining or socialising area.
Georgina Read, director at Paving Superstore, commented: ‘With colours affecting your mood, use cooler colours to bring a sense of calm and warmer, brighter tones to revitalise your mind. The use of colour in the garden could also define different sections – for example, the socialising area could have bold, invigorating colours, whilst you could use a softer pastel palette of colours for a more relaxed, cosy, and calming area.’
‘When it comes to colouring wood, most stains will protect the wood by penetrating it and, depending on how dry your wood is, will also determine how dark a colour you get from your stain. Dryer wood will draw more, causing a darker version of the colour.’
‘Stains will also provide a water-repellent quality to the wood, and most wood stains are water-based (and therefore much more eco-friendly than paints). Paints will just coat the outside of the wood covering it, without actually protecting it–this will also need removing should you decide to go a different colour in the future.’