As spring arrives, homeowners up and down the country start to consider the great outdoors. Spring is a time for cleaning and refreshing the home, and where better to start than painting in the garden? According to professional decorators such as Scott Anson Painters and Decorators Ltd., spring is the perfect time to tackle fading garden paint.

Why Paint in Spring

The temperature in spring means that it is a comfortable time of year to paint. The weather is warm but not too hot, which can help achieve a longer-lasting paint finish. It is also advisable to repaint before adding new plants to save them from being trampled if the garden is painted later. Tackling exterior painting in spring means that it will be ready ahead of the gardening, barbecues, and sports that summer brings.

Waiting too long to repaint the exterior of a property allows wood to become further damaged by nature. If these exterior surfaces are not repainted quickly and become damaged, they can end up requiring repairs before painting can begin. 

Colour Choices

Subtle colours work best in the spring when the light levels are lower, yet bright colours look great in the stronger sun of the summer months. Soft, subtle colours create a sense of calm that promotes restfulness in an otherwise hectic life. These soft colours can be paired with focal points in bold greens, purples, reds, and yellows for an eye-catching finish.

Vibrant colours add a touch of the dramatic and should be used sparingly. Feature walls in bold colours such as yellow or pink, or alternatively adding bright planters, vibrant tableware and bold glassware, can help liven up an outdoor space.

Coordinating Plants and Paint

Coordinating the tones of the painted surfaces and plants in a garden is a great way to achieve a uniform finish. Gardens with pale tones can benefit from the addition of Thalictrum delavayi, the pale violet and white Anemone, or the Astrantia major in white or pink.

Bold coloured flowers are abundant in summer, but if you are introducing these to the garden, try to limit the colour palette to just three or four complimentary shades. Purple penstemons with yellow dahlias are bold and beautiful against a bed of dark foliage.