Fear No Color

June 01, 2017

Fear No Color

Colored Garden Accent Walls: Why You Want One +  5 Things to Consider

Are you a slave to the neutrals? Or, perhaps, you are color curious but afraid to try something bold inside your home. Friends, we have a solution that will let you live out your wildest color dreams without turning the interior of your house into a circus: exterior colored walls. We love colored walls in the garden and we're here to tell you why. First of all, accent walls outside give you license to go bold in a way that you wouldn't consider indoors. An outdoor wall gives you an opportunity for drama, playfulness, and theatrics, an opportunity to "push the envelope" in a way that may not be appropriate in your interior living space. Likewise, a colored wall can create a focal point in a space to draw attention to an area or divert attention from an unsightly scene. It can also do wonders for defining a space or setting a tone. For example, are you creating a serene retreat or a vibrant activity hub? Now that you have an idea about the potential benefits that outdoor color can have on your living space, here are a few things to consider before jumping into colorful reverie.A blue colored garden wall with yellow roses and a white bench

5 Things to Consider When Planning Your Accent Wall

  1. Do you have other colors in your space that you would like to play up or compliment i.e. accent pillows, colors in your flowerbeds, indoor color themes, etc.? It's important to consider your overall color program but also to keep in mind that this is your opportunity to walk on the wild side.
  2. What mood would you like to inspire? Whether we're aware of it or not, color can be hugely impactful on our emotional state. The color that you choose for your accent wall can determine the mood that is set for your outdoor living space. Is your space mostly a peaceful getaway to unwind after a long day? Is it a place for stimulating conversation with friends over a glass of wine? Or, perhaps, its more of a place for your family to gather, play, and run wild.
  3. What is your budget? Different materials and treatments can range quite a bit in price. For example, and architectural wall with colored stucco will be more expensive than a painted surface. A local contractor or hardware store will be able to assist you further with different material options and their respective cost.
  4. What is your commitment level to maintenance? A stucco wall, for instance, will have more staying power than a painted fence but the wall will be more expensive to put in. Maintenance may not be fun (unless you enjoy that kind of thing) but it is important to consider this aspect in the planning phase.
  5. What is your desired permanence of this feature? Are you someone whose taste changes with the wind or do you tend to decide on something and keep it unchanged for many years? For those that change with the seasons, colored architectural elements are not advised. Instead, painted wood paneling or fencing offers less of a long-term commitment and more changeability. We also really love the tapestry concept outdoors to add color and interest to your walls without virtually no commitment or maintenance needs. Today there are many beautiful outdoor rugs that can simply be cleaned with a hose.

We hope this gave you a little inspiration and insight into living out your colorful dreams. Questions? We love 'em! Send us an email to customerservice@kumquatgarden.com and we'll get back to you.




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