Breathe life into your garden by creating vibrant outdoor living spaces

Irish optimism knows no bounds with many living in hope of a repeat of summer 2013 (so far so good ). As the evenings begin to stretch, DIY stores will see a flurry of activity with people buying furniture, plants, and accessories to create that extra room in their homes - “The Garden”.

The wood experts, Cuprinol Garden Shades, now features a collection of 73 garden shades allowing for a little more creativity in the garden. Colours such as woodland mink, cool marble, and forest mushroom allow you to make an impact by up-cycling garden wood including furniture, sheds, gazebos, and planters to create colourful looks transforming the garden into a lifestyle space. From muted and sophisticated tones such as pale jasmine and muted clay to the more adventurous zingy lime, there is a kaleidoscope of colours to suit all tastes. Cuprinol’s garden looks for summer 2014 might just get you inspired.

Create a secret garden

At dawn and dusk the garden is at its most beautiful, as the soft light diffuses colour with the long Irish evenings. This delicate secret garden palette of smoky tones captures the essence to create a gentle tone-on-tone tranquil effect. This picnic table has been painted in Cuprinol purple slate with Cuprinol lavender stencilling and the bench is finished in Cuprinol forest mushroom.

Protection on the outside of your shed can look beautiful. Make a statement by using Cuprinol pale jasmine and Cuprinol jungle lagoon on the outside of the shed, but don’t forget the inside too! By adding a Cuprinol purple slate to the interior walls of this little space. Create your own simple sanctuary at the bottom of the garden using a few finishing touches like this picnic table, cushions, and watering can. Simple!

Go contemporary

This architectural palette of colours creates a sophisticated neutral backdrop that works perfectly with bold, graphical accents. Cuprinol’s black ash makes the perfect backdrop for these metal planters in Hammerite red and garden bench in Cuprinol pale jasmine.

Introduce some summer zest

Use colour to dramatise and make the most of small patio, deck, or garden spaces. This small roof area features a hot tub doubling as a lounge area. Basic garden furniture has been brought to life with Cuprinol’s dazzling yellow, zingy lime, and mediterranean glaze are used on chairs and metallic planters and the whole look is accessorized with cushions and tableware to match.

Get creative by painting your garden table two-tone to give a table runner effect in the middle! Use Cuprinol’s pale jasmine for the entire table and finish with a table runner effect in zingy lime.

The Cuprinol Garden Shades collection features lots of fabulous colours which can be used to bring your garden to life and even cheer it up on those days when the sun doesn’t come out.

Cuprinol Garden Shades offers four years Irish weather protection, it is quick drying and comes in 50ml testers (€1.49 ) and 2.5 litre cans at €27.99. Cuprinol is available from all good DIY and paint stores and will be showcased at Bloom in the Park 2014 at the Woodies Pavilion over the June bank holiday. Cuprinol testers are also available by post by ordering on www.cuprinol.ie

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