Colours in the garden – and of the greenhouse
We often forget the colours when decorating the garden. But colours are important because they are unconsciously affecting our mood and state of mind.
By Nina Ewald
There is simply no garden without colours! First and foremost, there is the green from all the plants, and then there are all the other elements that create the garden. The palette is filled with beds and flowers, and everything that is on the plot: Buildings, fences, pavement, garden furniture, pots and other accessories. It is important for the harmony that the colours match, completely in the same way as when you decorate your house. Furniture and accessories need to match, also with doors, windows, walls and floors.
Different ways of colour coordinating
When landscaping a new garden, or redoing the old one, many focusses on the design of the garden. Colours are lagging or maybe put in there randomly, but actually, the colours are of just as much importance as the design. It is not just a question of liking or not liking certain colours. No, colours are affecting the unconscious mind and can set your mood or state of mind. Also, you can work consciously with colours to underline or focus on certain areas or things in the garden.
When colour coordinating your garden, there are different principles to believe. I base it on the colour wheel, which is a simple and easy tool to work with. When coordinating different colours in different ways, the result can be beautiful and harmonic. When getting better at coordinating colours, you can experiment and create a more unique and personal garden.
Houses of the garden
What else should the Greenhouse Forum be based on than greenhouses? A building is one of the elements that affect the overall colour coordination in the garden. First and foremost, the house, but also small buildings are setting the colour scheme: tool sheds, playhouses, the garage and a greenhouse.
The bigger a coloured surface is, the more it influences the overall look. A house painted in a significant colour can really set the base of the rest of the colours in the garden, and the closer it gets to the surroundings, the greater influence it has. It is worth remembering when picking out colours. The colours of plants, garden furniture and other accessories are based on the colour of the buildings. The colour of the buildings brings out or tones down the colours of the plants and garden furniture.
There are greenhouses in different colours, but you can also paint your greenhouse in a special colour, however, it’s a lot of work! White and black greenhouses are so neutral that they usually blend in everywhere and compliment the garden nicely. A painted greenhouse, on the other hand, puts its fingerprint on the overall colour scheme of the garden, which should be taken into consideration. It is important to pick a greenhouse that matches the colours of the garden or to pick flowers that match the greenhouse.
The photos are from around the world and meant as inspiration to think differently when picking the colour of the greenhouse.
Om Nanna Stærmose
Nanna is the Danish writer of many of the articles in the Greenhouse Forum.
Nanna visits happy greenhouse owners and tells their stories about basic cultivation, but also those stories that are more oblique.
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