Whether you enjoy romantic pink hues or a bold explosion of fiery flowers, the colour scheme you choose for a garden says a lot about you and really contributes to the mood of the space. If you’re trying to decide on the perfect hues for your outdoor space, here’s a handy guide to help.
Using the floral colour wheel
You may have seen something similar in your school art classes, but a colour wheel really is a great help when choosing floral colours that work in perfect partnership together. Based on the three primary colours, with shades in between each, a quick search on the internet will reveal a colour wheel you can use to start getting creative.
There are lots of ways to use the colour wheel, so let’s explore:
- Complimentary colours: This tactic involves pairing colours that are opposite on the colour wheel, for example, yellow and purple, or red and green. Pairing opposites together creates a striking look that brings each colour to life. This option is ideal for those who favour a more eye-catching, bold approach to garden design.
- Cool colours: If you prefer a calm, subtle beauty, then opt for a cool colour palette for your flowers. Blues, purples and pinks are next to each other on the wheel and are soothing, serene and romantic. To complement this relaxing charm, why not introduce hammocks, trellis fences or a swinging bench to your garden?
- Warm colours: Oranges, yellows and reds have a warming effect on a garden that also allows you the versatility to bring some energy and dynamism to the space, depending on how you use the shades. For example, yellow flowers can add a splash of sunshine and cheer, while reds can bring a fiery drama – play around with shades and proportions to get the effect you’re looking for.