Dulux Colour Expert, Andrea Lucena-Orr says lashings of a cooler colour such as pale mint, or bold yellow contrast beautifully with exterior neutrals - timeless blacks, whites and mid-tone timbers - which instantly amplifies an outdoor area’s style quotient.
“Incorporating uplifting colour and prints in a neutral space can be transformative – adding a sense of energy and fun, reminiscent of luxury hotels and resorts.
“Exuberant shades such as Dulux Sea Foam or Lemon Delicious, are colours that can really make a huge impact, even in small doses. They are great for making a statement on outdoor furniture settings and exterior accessories.”
TRANSFORM YOUR OUTDOOR SETTING
1: Gather your painting supplies – Dulux Aquanamel in your chosen colour(s), The table and chairs pictured are Dulux Aquanamel Sea Foam, Dulux 1Step Prep (if applying on a new timber surface), drop sheet, high quality synthetic brush for cutting in, short nap roller, roller tray, 400 grit sandpaper, painter’s tape, old cloths.
2: Ensure the surface has been properly prepared prior to starting to paint. If this is a new timber surface, prime with Dulux 1Step Prep. Follow the label on the can for more information.
3: Start by cutting in around the edges of furniture piece.
4: Apply Dulux Aquanamel to the surface using short, horizontal brush strokes.
5: Once you’ve completed an area, lightly smooth over the painted section with long brush strokes. Do not reload the brush when you do this. As a tip, do not brush too much – a few strokes should be enough to smooth the surface.
6: Allow 2 hours to dry, then give the surface a light sand with 400 grit sandpaper.
7: Repeat above steps for a second coat.