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Micro Makeover: Add a little colour to your garden with leftover paint

You’d be surprised how effective even a lick of leftover paint can be in brightening up your garden... whether it's painting the shed or an outdoor seating area.


Sunshine, fresh air and bags of fun… one of the best things about summer is being able to spend more time in your garden. And you’d be surprised how easy it is to brighten up your outdoor space, with just a lick of leftover paint.

By simply refreshing tired-looking furniture or sprucing up your garden shed, thanks to our woodcare partner, Cuprinol, you can create your own outdoor oasis. Here are a few simple garden dećor ideas and garden shed ideas that don’t require much paint, to help you soak up every second.


Garden paint ideas for summer

A lick of garden furniture paint is an easy way to make your garden more inviting during the summer months. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a large luscious lawn or a small secluded patio, a touch of the right colours can really lift the space.

Muted tones

Soft, subtle shades of blue and green are perfect for creating a quiet, peaceful place for you to retreat.

Vibrant hues

Alternatively, bright colours are best for making a statement. Their dramatic flair helps to draw the eye to focal points. You could try painting a small bench, for example. If you’ve not enough leftover paint to do the whole thing, just paint the seat, or the handles – even a pop of colour works wonders!


Takeaway Tip: bolder colours, like pinks and yellows, work well in summer when the sun is stronger.


Why paint your garden with Cuprinol Garden Shades?

With so many different surfaces to play with, you’ve got ample garden paint ideas for adding colour to your space. But it’s important you choose the right finish.


Garden Shades by Cuprinol, is designed specifically for wood, terracotta, brick and stone. Every coat will colour and protect your garden shed, fencing or furniture. The paint’s special properties allow the natural texture of the wood to shine through, enhancing the rich colour you see.

With a huge collection of beautiful shades – the hardest thing you’ll have to do this summer is pick a colour! Read on for four garden décor ideas – or you can discover more garden shed paint colour ideas here.

Don’t forget, before you apply your garden furniture paint, you must prep your furniture, fencing or shed before you add colour. 


Grow herbs on a shelf

When you’ve got limited space, but fancy having fresh herbs to cook with, it’s time to get creative. A single shelf offers plenty of space for 3 or 4 plant-pots. So, why not paint the shelf and brackets in contrasting colours – Seagrass and Costal Mist would work well – for a really stand-out look. Remember, you don’t need much leftover paint to make something look special.


Create an inviting seating area

Pair pops of bold colour with a minimalistic backdrop for the perfect summer seating area. If your decking or fencing is in a neutral colour like Urban Slate, City Stone or Muted Clay, then you could easily liven things up with just a touch of something vibrant like Dazzling Yellow. You’d barely need even half a tin to paint a few slats on a table... but wow, what an impact! Continue the theme with a well-placed cushion or two in similarly colourful shades.


Transform table and benches

Creating a relaxing retreat is easy with Cuprinol Garden Shades. Give your old furniture a new look by adding stripes in Sweet Pea. The combination of a candy shade against natural wood will really lend your garden a touch of character.

Take it outside

If you’re thinking about styling-up your outdoor space, try the two-tone trend. This popular decorating technique doesn’t have to stay indoors, use it to make a statement on your fencing or even your shed. Here we’ve used a little Cuprinol Ducksback colours to create a simple colour block. Remember, if you’re only painting a two or three fence panels, you don’t need much leftover paint.


Want more inspiration from Cuprinol? Why not check out their website: https://www.cuprinol.co.uk/ideas/index.jsp

Or check out our five small garden spaces ideas: https://www.dulux.co.uk/en/articles/5-ideas-small-garden-spaces

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