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What You Need To Know Before Changing Your Outdoor Colour Scheme

Are you looking at your outdoor entertainment area and thinking it’s time for a change in colour scheme? Before you go pick up the paint buckets and brushes, there are a few things you need to consider:

The Number of Colours

Make sure you don’t go overboard with a number of colours you choose. You don’t want an outdoor entertainment area that is overpowering and unsightly. Instead, choose a few colours to start with. Make sure this compliments the colours of your house for a more cohesive look. Choose a colour that is a contrasting colour, so you don’t just use different shades of the one colour throughout the backyard.

Where Are You Changing Colours?

More often than not, homeowners will only choose to change the colours of a certain part of their backyard, rather than the whole area, in one go. If this is the case for you, you’re going to want to choose a colour scheme that compliments how your house and backyard is already painted. Consider what aspects of your outdoor entertainment area you want to have the emphasis on, what should contrast, or whether it should all be very complementary.

Feature Colours

 

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There are a few things to consider if you’re thinking about having a bright feature colour. Is this colour just a trend? Will you still like this colour in 10 years? Will it be easy to repaint over if you don’t like it? If the answer is no – maybe consider a different colour. If you really want a feature colour, have it somewhere that is easy and cheap to repaint, such as the front door. This way, if you get sick of the colour you’ve chosen, you don’t even have to hire someone to paint it for you, it will just be a quick D.I.Y job instead.

What Colour Schemes Are Ideal For Outdoors?

Neutral

 

Lovely all white furniture
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If you’re not looking for anything bold and bright, a neutral colour scheme is for you. Best of all, this colour scheme is safe and will never go out of fashion. If you’re painting because you’re selling your house, neutral is a great colour scheme, as it won’t be off-putting to potential buyers. White and neutral tones may be simple, but they can add an element of sophistication to your outdoor entertainment area.  

Orange

 

Source: Realestate.com.au

 

If you’re looking for a warmer colour scheme, why not consider something such as orange? This warm, earthy colour can make outdoor settings stand out, without being too bright and overpowering. It’s great for any season – it will compliment the trees in Autumn while making the backyard feel warm and welcoming during Summer. Consider pairing orange feature walls, Bali Huts or gazebos with other earthy colours and materials to completely transform your yard.

Green

 

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Greenery was named the 2017 Pantone Colour of the Year, so why not consider introducing some green into your home’s colour scheme? It can make the outdoor entertainment area stand out, while also giving it a classic, elegant feel. Incorporate nature into your entertainment area, and find outdoor furniture and garden features that compliment the trees and plants in your yard.

High Contrast

 

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If you’re not quite ready to commit to a complete colour scheme change of your outdoor entertainment area, play it safe and introduce a new colour by adding something simple like curtains. This adds an extra touch of elegance to your gazebo, without even needing to buy a paint pallet. Consider a bold, contrasting colour for a bit of extra wow factor. The best thing is, if you don’t like the colour, you can simply change the curtains. The Sunbrella Fabric Curtains help to keep the gazebo cool in summer and are fade-resistant, so they won’t be damaged by the sun.

Deeper Shades

 

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Ideal for cooler climates, darker colours can add a sense of drama to your outdoor entertainment area. It also offers a great contrast with any plants or trees in your backyard. It makes it easy to colour coordinate furniture, which can be matching or contrasting to add some bright colours.

When changing the look of your outdoor entertainment area, always remember to consider what elements are already in your yard and whether you’re going for a bold, contrasting look, or a neutral, complementary look. Consider whether this is just the current trend and whether you will like this colour in 10 years. If you’re not ready to take the plunge, change your outdoor furniture before committing to a brand new colour scheme.

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