Hello ladies, nice to see you again. How would you feel about some ice tea on the deck today? As you can see I have found a lovely space for us to sit in the shade of a tree, on a comfy bench and surrounded by beautiful colors.
Or would you like a bit more of a Tuscan vibe to your surroundings and would you prefer a glass of sparkling Pro-secco? Maybe in this garden?
Pretty, don’t you agree?…
You must realize by now these are not images from my garden.
~ All non watermarked images are from sources on the web, just click the image and you will be taken to the source where I found it ~
Our deck or patio or terrace (for the life of me I can’t figure out what the proper English term is, but you get my drift), is in the works as we speak.
My Love started working hard at it in autumn and after a particularly long and cold winter has been able to restart the work a few weeks ago. All in pursuit of my vision, he has been slaving away. Tearing down walls, rebuilding walls, digging ditches, placing foundations, shoveling tons of sand and laying bricks.
In this picture you can see some of his work. The big brick square box used to be an ugly and rundown garden shed, that will be revamped into a pond. As you see there are different colors of bricks because we removed a gate and closed the wall, and if you look closely you can see the difference between the old pavement and the new. That’s how much bigger or terrace has become. It’s huge now.
The wall, with the new addition and all, looks terrible, doesn’t it?! Partly painted (eons ago), and with different bricks.
The other side is even worse:
We will paint all of those walls the same color to tie them in together.
But what color?
Should we go bold and make a statement in strong colors?
Have some fun and make it all romantic and ladylike, with pretty in pink?
Or maybe go over the top and decorate the whole wall with murals and flowers.
Neah, we are more of the neutral kind of people. I intend to plant lots of climbing roses and other brushes and I’d much rather have them supply the color.
So maybe a blue wall could liven up the grey days of Dutch weather?
Actually grey is not a bad idea. Maybe not as strong or dark as this one…
So off to the paint shop I went. And I found a color called GREIGE. It is kind of a combination between beige and grey. It has the tones of both of these colors and comes in shades from very pale, near off-white to really dark rich tones.
Sadly they don’t do paint samples here (a liter was the smallest amount I could buy), but the lady in the paint shop had by chance just done her own garden walls in a very light shade of greige and she was willing to give me some of her leftover paint.
I painted a piece of cardboard that I hung all over the place. And because I couldn’t leave well enough alone, I also painted some directly on the walls.
The color is fairly light here. When the sun hits it, it looks almost white. But it isn’t white so it doesn’t reflect the light like white would, it absorbs it more. Which is an important factor for us because with our South facing garden we don’t want to be blinded by the reflection of our walls.
The more grey the sky the more grey the color looks.
Here are some more examples of greige:
And it is one of the fashion colors of the season too:
I have definitely found my color. Now all that is left to too is decide on the tone. I think I will go one or two shades darker than my sample color.
So what do you think? What color would you paint your walls in? And what color do you think I should paint our walls? Do you have painted walls in your garden?
And please enlighten me, what is this outside space called? Deck? Patio? or Terrace?
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