7 Decorating Tips for Your Exteriors

Written on 19th June 2019

Besides all the good they do – waking up our gardens and boosting our moods being just two of their best tricks – the first rays of summer sunshine can also reveal a multitude of decorating sins that tend to go unnoticed in the shorter days of winter.

But not to worry, because whether you’re targeting wood, metal, masonry or miscellany, our range of durable exterior paint finishes can offer a helping hand. Keep reading for our top tips on breathing some life into your outdoor space – whatever form it might take – with colour and finish.

1. Be Bold

Colours will always appear lighter in full sunlight, so when choosing a colour for your front door, fencing or masonry, don’t be afraid to go a few shades darker or bolder than you would usually. We recommend painting a sample pot onto a piece of card and checking you’re happy with how your chosen colour appears outdoors before you take the plunge.

Inky Blues

Painted in Drawing Room Blue No.253 in Exterior Eggshell

Deep & Daring

Painted in Railings No.31 in Exterior Eggshell

2. Go For Green

When it comes to creating a naturalistic look, nothing beats green. On plant pots or fences, organic shades such as Lichen and Vert de Terre step back and let brightly coloured blooms take centre stage, while deep, dark shades create a striking contrast. This garden shed is adorned in archived shade Monkey Puzzle, but you could try Studio Green for a current alternative that makes a wonderful feature of light-coloured climbers.

Subtly Structured

Painted in Calke Green No.34 and Charlotte’s Locks No.268 in Exterior Eggshell

High Contrast

Painted in Monkey Puzzle No.238 in Exterior Eggshell

3. Freshen Up Your Furniture

If your outdoor furniture has seen better days, there’s a more economical and environmentally friendly alternative to trading it in for a brand new set. You can treat lacklustre wood and metal garden furniture to an entirely new look and add longevity in one fell swoop with our ultra-hardy Exterior Eggshell or Full Gloss finishes. Properly applied, they’ll resist peeling, cracking, and fading for six years.

Small Spaces

Painted in Churlish Green No.251 and Dix Blue No.82 in Full Gloss

Statement Seating

Painted in Brassica No.271 in Exterior Eggshell

4. Don't Forget Accessories

Thinking smaller when it comes to colour can hold big rewards. Plant pots, baskets and raised beds can be matched to their contents – Brassica makes a particularly lovely partner for pollinator-friendly lavender – or painted in a contrasting tone for a striking effect. You can even use colour to create a welcoming space for wildlife, as the painters of this charming bird feeder have done.

Mix & Match

Painted in an assortment of shades, Exterior Masonry

Fancy Feeder

Painted in Blue Gray No.91 and Chappell Green No.83 in Exterior Eggshell

5. Play with Finishes

It’s not just the colour you choose that can have a huge impact on your final look – the finish can too. A few coats of Full Gloss will add an extra touch of drama to any front door, especially paired with a smart shade like Pitch Black. If you’re opting for a punchier colour, like citrusy-sweet Yellowcake, a low-sheen finish lets the statement shade do all the talking.

Looking for colour inspiration? Here are a few of our favourite Farrow & Ball front doors.

Zingy Brights

Painted in Yellowcake No.279 in Exterior Eggshell

Smart Gloss

Painted in Pitch Black No.256 in Full Gloss

6. All Features Great and Small

Whether your garden is a large landscaped plot, a single window box bursting with blooms, or anything in between, colour is a wonderful way to ensure it feels connected to your indoor space. Highlighting an outdoor feature in a shade you’ve used inside the house is a surefire shortcut to indoor-outdoor flow, perfect for long summer evenings with the doors thrown open.

Custom Conservatory

Painted in Stone Blue No.86 in Exterior Eggshell

7. Layer Up

You can add interest to any outdoor space by layering up different shades, just as you would indoors. Garden furniture, doors, brickwork, and even conservatories and greenhouses can all be excellent vehicles for colour. Creating a palette that matches your planting scheme is a great way to create a cohesive and considered feel; equally, if you have paint left over from previous projects, you can create a charming eclectic effect by painting each piece of furniture a different colour.

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