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  • Shades of Spring

Beware of the shades of spring

Bright colours may pop, but you don’t want them to be permanent fixtures in your outdoor space

It’s a well-known fact in the retail world that Canadians buy bright colours in the spring. After a long winter, we crave colour after so much grey and white! Bright pinks, oranges, greens and yellows fly off the shelves at clothing stores…and at garden centres. As a designer, I have made the fatal mistake of adding these colours as permanent components of a backyard makeover. In my defense, the homeowner wanted Caribbean…and she definitely got it.

Now you might think ‘Why Not?’ to a bright garden. Colour outdoors is a great way to bring life into a space. Bright colours tend to make us smile. They are great for families with small children. There is, however, one small problem with bright colours. Come summer, when the sun is at its strongest, bright colours can be glaring. So much so that retailers stop selling neons and start selling navies and tans: neutrals that are easier on the eye!

Feel free to bring a little pizzazz to your backyard…once the snow melts. Just do it in a way that allows you to change it up when you need to. Colour is a pretty powerful tool; use it wisely!