Paint is one of the easiest ways to update and transform the look and feel of any outdoor space. Whether you’re looking to add interest, texture or disguise an unsightly feature, paint should be one of your go-to tools.
We chat to Bronwyn Riedel of Bauwerk Colour to discuss all things paint including trends, tips on adding texture and common painting mistakes.
Emerging trends in the world of exterior paint
2017 has been dubbed the year of greenery by Pantone, a trend Bronwyn is noticing infiltrate into paints. “Greens are very popular at the moment,” says Bronwyn. In fact, Bauwerk has recently brought out some more greens to join their collection. Apple Mint, Grasshopper, Thistle Leaf and Forest are just some of the lime paints that make up the green palette.
Green outdoors, however, needs to lean more to the muddy and moody tones, advises Bronwyn. This will help create the much-needed contrast between the foliage of plants and trees, and the hard surfaces.
At the moment, Bronwyn is also seeing a lot of greys being used outdoors to achieve similar effects to that of concrete. “It’s much cheaper and much quicker”, says Bronwyn.
“We’re also seeing a lot of pink; dirty pink, hot pink, all kinds of pink.” Bronwyn can also see an emerging trend of people heading back to more earthy, natural tones and textures in the outdoor space.
Adding texture and interest to your outdoor space with paint
Lime paints offer a natural looking finish to an outdoor space, especially when painted on rendered or brick surfaces. “The eye takes them in differently because the light refracts from them differently”, says Bronwyn. “They look more like stone or a natural surface. Outside this reads better by the eye.”
“Our paint refracts light differently than other paints. When light hits, it refracts into millions of crystals which are naturally within the structure of the paint. This produces a luminosity.”
This effect is produced by the way Bauwerk make their lime paint and the particular pigments they use to create the different colours in their collection. “I guess I should say, not all lime washes are created equally.”
Paint can be an effective medium to add interest and texture in a garden. “Creating texture with our lime paints is super easy and super inexpensive,” says Bronwyn. It’s also is a relatively quick process with Bronwyn adding even old rendered walls that look terrible can be transformed in a morning.
“It’s a great way to refresh the space.”
One of the main benefits of using Bauwerk’s lime paints is the fact you don’t need to prepare the wall or apply any sealer undercoat. “You just paint straight on with a big brush and it’s super-fast. You also don’t leave any toxic residue in the environment. To wash it up, you can wash it up in your garden. There are no nasties in our paint.”
Bronwyn also suggests treating garden walls and spaces in a similar manner you do in the interior to create a visual impact. “Changing some of your walls up will help give a different feeling to the garden.”
White washing is another one of Bronwyn’s favourites. Bauwerk’s whites are a soft white that doesn’t blind you especially on a sunny day and they can help make the entire space larger than it actually is. “No one doesn’t like white”, says Bronwyn. “It’s failsafe.”
You don’t have to be a professional to achieve great results
It’s a misconception to achieve a high-quality finish you need to be a professional. In fact, quite the opposite is true. “Armature painters are the best,” laughs Bronwyn.
“The less you know, the better. I suggest have a glass of wine, put the music on and off you go.”
The most common mistakes people make when painting outdoors
Mistake #1 –
“People don’t use lime wash, they use acrylic,” laughs Bronwyn. “This is not just because we make lime wash, but because acrylic doesn’t allow for all the walls to breathe. It’s very important for exterior walls to breathe so moisture can be freely withheld and exchanged.” Lime paint regulates the wall and keeps the alkaline levels up acting as a moisturiser for the wall’s surface.
Mistake #2 –
It’s common for people to struggle with visualising colour, says Bronwyn. “I always advise people not to go as clear or as pretty as what you think looks nice on a paint chip. Always go a little bit dirtier because they always look better outside.” Bronwyn also mentions people should remember the colour you see inside is always going to look lighter than it will appear outdoors because of the amount of sun.
If you’re feeling inspired to try transforming your garden with paint, check out Bauwerk Colour. Visit the Bauwerk team in Hamilton Hill WA, or stop by their Albert Park, Vic pop-up space during April.