Some inspiration to cure the January blahs. With it so drab in the garden outside, I crave some color. Paint is often the least expensive way to change any space and that includes those outside. Creative and bold use of color can alter a garden’s design. It can transform a utilitary object into a focal point. It can make a background player a star. It can lift the view up to the sky or keep it firmly focused on the ground.
There are many opportunities to add color with paint and wood is the easiest. More often it is stained white or green or left to weather it fades into the background. When painted it becomes something else entirely.
A fantastic combination of house color, mint green shutters and plantings. Test colors out by painting samples first.
Tangerine Tango is the 2012 color of the year…combine it with the palest blue and it becomes a sophisticated garden statement.
A really easy DIY potting bench from Anna White Homemaker, a blogger from Alaska is painted a clear bright red. It certainly doesn’t look like a $40. project does it?
What might be just another garden fence becomes a dramatic feature when painted black.
Fearless, bold and bright color on a garden shed.
Two tuteurs in a garden that is chock-a-block full of perennials give it structure, visual flow and height. Their violet hues adds to the mix and contrast of color already in the garden.
When painted a bright, clear yellow. Even the most humble trellis can become an equal companion to the plants it supports.
A citrus green twist on the classic Adirondack chair at Chanticleer.
Blue raised beds in a large kitchen garden project I completed two years ago.
As soon as the weather is warmer, grab a can of paint and color it up!
Photo credits: Potting Bench, Black Fence, all others via the author.