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The best colours to paint a shed, as picked by an interior designer

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If you have recently installed a shed in your garden – or fancy jazzing up an existing one – what is the most fashionable colour to paint it?

We speak to interior designers Alexander James to find out. It provided a list of specific colours from suppliers such as Little Greene and Farrow & Ball.  

It has picked paint colours that sit within a palette of greens, greys, neutrals, and blues – and has even included a pink.

Garden sheds can often be neglected but it is possible to transform them into a stylish garden feature by painting them

Garden sheds can often be neglected but it is possible to transform them into a stylish garden feature by painting them

Rachel Clark, of Alexander James Interiors, said: ‘Garden sheds can often be neglected as many appreciate them for practical use only. But by painting them, you can really make it a stylish feature of your garden. 

‘Many want to camouflage their shed, in which case opt for a shade that blends well with surrounding areas such as fence colours or greenery. 

‘For those looking to add a splash of colour and vibrancy to their garden, opt for a fresh, bright accent colour to create a focal point of your outdoor space.’

Alexander James has recommended some oil-based paints, which have historically been used on sheds, as they were considered more hard wearing.

However, there have been huge advances in water-based paints in recent years, which means they are much more appealing today.

Property makeover expert – and the first ever winner of Big Brother – Craig Phillip said: ‘I’m often asked about whether to use oil or water-based paint on sheds. If I was asked this question 20 years ago, I would’ve always answered an oil-based paint for outside use because, at that time, oil-based paints would last longer.’

But the technical side of paint manufacturing has ‘come on in leaps and bounds’ during the past decade, according to Craig.

He said: ‘The industry has now developed water-based paint far better than they used to make, which can last as long as the old oil-based paints we used in the 90s.’

Here is the list of shed paint recommendations… 

Greens

Sage Green No.80 by Little Greene

PIctured: Sage green by Little Greene is a traditional colour for the garden

PIctured: Sage green by Little Greene is a traditional colour for the garden

Sage green is a traditional garden colour, aimed at capturing the classic feel of nature, according to Ms Clark.

She said: ‘It is not too bright a shade to look out of place in the winter, but also illuminated in the summer sunshine, it is the perfect relaxing shade for classic-style gardens all year round.’

Kitchen Green by Little Greene

Pictured: Kitchen Green by Little Greene is a more contemporary shade of green

Pictured: Kitchen Green by Little Greene is a more contemporary shade of green

Kitchen Green is a brighter, more contemporary shade of green. ‘It is of the perfect vibrancy to brighten up a garden, and can easily be continued from the inside to the outside of a home – bringing feelings of energy and happiness from the inside, out,’ Ms Clark said.

Greys

French Grey Mid no.162 by Little Greene

Pictured: French Grey from Little Greene is a neutral tone that is easy to co-ordinate

Pictured: French Grey from Little Greene is a neutral tone that is easy to co-ordinate

French Grey is a versatile colour that is easily compatible with other colours due to its neutral tone. This makes it easy to co-ordinate.

Ms Clark added: ‘Taking inspiration from French decor used in the 19th century, it creates a relaxing living space.’

Grey Moss No.234 by Little Greene

Little Greene's Grey Moss colour (pictured) is a sophisticated grey with green tones

Little Greene’s Grey Moss colour (pictured) is a sophisticated grey with green tones

This dark colour is inspired by aged green moss, something many of us see in our gardens.

‘It makes this colour a sophisticated grey with the green tones giving it a nod to the natural elements of a garden, evoking feelings of growth and freshness,’ Ms Clark said.

Neutral

Stony Ground No.211 by Farrow & Ball

Pictured: Stony Ground is a classic stone colour created by Farrow & Ball

Pictured: Stony Ground is a classic stone colour created by Farrow & Ball

Stony Ground is a classic stone colour, with an underlying red tone for added warmth, creating a soft beige finish.

Ms Clark explained that it is ideal for a country-style garden and looks beautiful on exterior wood.

‘This shade creates feelings of purity and ease, making it great for a relaxing garden space with simplicity,’ she said.

Blues

Ultra Marine Blue No.w29 by Farrow & Ball

Pictured: Ultra Marine Blue is a new shade from Farrow & Ball's Colour by Nature range

Pictured: Ultra Marine Blue is a new shade from Farrow & Ball’s Colour by Nature range

Ultra Marine Blue is from Farrow & Ball’s new Colour by Nature palette, created in collaboration with the Natural History Museum. The romantic blue tone aims to generate feelings of tranquillity in an outdoor space.

Inchrya Blue No.289 by Farrow & Ball

Pictured: The dark blue grey tone of Inchrya Blue is from Farrow & Ball

Pictured: The dark blue grey tone of Inchrya Blue is from Farrow & Ball 

Inchrya Blue is a dark blue grey tone, which is inspired by the Scottish skies.

Ms Clark said: ‘The moody hue can read more grey, blue or even green depending on the light making it a great alternative to charcoal. Dark blues evoke feelings of relaxation, while dark greys give a reflection of elegance to an outdoor space.’

Pink

Dorchester Pink no.213 by Little Greene

Pictured: Dorcester Pink by Little Greene is a good accent colour for a garden shed

Pictured: Dorcester Pink by Little Greene is a good accent colour for a garden shed

And finally, Alexander James Interiors recommends this fun pink tone to add ‘a gentle cuteness’ to a garden.

Ms Clark said: ‘The feminine shade reflects health and happiness and is the perfect accent tone to anyone looking to make a statement in their outdoor space, whether contemporary or country in style.’

For oil-based shed paint alternatives, Alexander James Interiors recommends Sage Green by Treatex, which it describes as a relaxing’ shade, and Stygian by Treatex, which it says is a dark grey with a hint of dark green tones.

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Sirius Real Estate sells London business park for €18.8m (GB)

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Sirius Real Estate has agreed to the sale of an asset in Camberwell, London, for €18.8m (£16m), representing a NIY of circa 2%. The property formed part of the portfolio Sirius acquired in November 2021 with its purchase of BizSpace, the leading provider of regional light industrial, workshop, studio and out of town office units across the UK. The sale price represents a 94% premium to the valuation at the time of Sirius’ acquisition of BizSpace.

 

The multi-tenanted business park, which comprises approximately 34,700ft² of industrial and office space is 91% occupied following a series of asset management measures delivered through the BizSpace platform. The sale is expected to complete in July 2022.

 

Commenting on the transaction, Andrew Coombs, Chief Executive Officer of Sirius Real Estate, said: “This disposal is further proof of the latent value in the BizSpace portfolio we acquired late last year, the price being significantly ahead of last September’s valuation on which our purchase was based, and the attractive sale follows our recent announcement that we had since improved like-for-like rental income across the portfolio by 7.5%. The sale will allow us to invest in new opportunities for BizSpace in the UK as we continue to build our acquisition pipeline. Bringing together the Sirius and BizSpace platforms, with a strengthened management team at BizSpace, is already delivering strong results and operational synergies that will enhance our UK portfolio.”

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Southwold beach hut which is 10ft wide with no running water or electricity up for sale for £250,000

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A beach hut in an upmarket seaside town which is famed for its celebrity visitors has gone on the market for a record £250,000.

The price is believed to be the highest ever to be asked in the UK for a hut which people are not allowed to sleep in – and is double the cost of a three bedroom terraced house just 10 miles away.

The hut, numbered 149 and called ‘Here’s Hoping’, measures 10ft 6ins wide and is in a prime position on the promenade in the Edwardian town of Southwold, Suffolk.

The resort has always been a popular retreat for well-heeled Londoners and celebrities including Chris Evans, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis.

Beach huts on the south coast can be more expensive with selling prices for some in Dorset exceeding £500,000.

But the huts in Southwold, which have no electricity or running water, are subject to strict local by-laws which ban anyone from sleeping overnight.

A beach hut called 'Here's Hoping', pictured, which sits on the promenade of the upmarket seaside town Southwold in Suffolk, Doset, famed for its celebrity visitors, has gone on the market for a record £250,000

A beach hut called ‘Here’s Hoping’, pictured, which sits on the promenade of the upmarket seaside town Southwold in Suffolk, Doset, famed for its celebrity visitors, has gone on the market for a record £250,000

The price is believed to be the highest ever to be asked in the UK for a hut which people are not allowed to sleep in. The hut, called 'Here's Hoping' and numbered 149, measures 10ft 6ins wide and is in a prime position on the promenade in the Edwardian town

The price is believed to be the highest ever to be asked in the UK for a hut which people are not allowed to sleep in. The hut, called ‘Here’s Hoping’ and numbered 149, measures 10ft 6ins wide and is in a prime position on the promenade in the Edwardian town

The resort has always been a popular retreat for well-heeled Londoners and celebrities including Chris Evans, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis. Beach huts on the south coast can be more expensive with selling prices for some in Dorset exceeding £500,000

The resort has always been a popular retreat for well-heeled Londoners and celebrities including Chris Evans, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis. Beach huts on the south coast can be more expensive with selling prices for some in Dorset exceeding £500,000

The buyer will still have to pay annual ground rent of £998 and will only have 18 years left of a 30 year lease, although there will be an option to renew.

They will be able to enjoy spectacular views from a veranda overlooking the beach and the North Sea, while being just a short walk from pubs, restaurants and shops.

But just 10 miles away in Lowestoft, Suffolk, there are several homes up for sale, priced between £120,000 and £140,000.

But the huts in Southwold (pictured), which have no electricity or running water, are subject to strict local by-laws which ban anyone from sleeping overnight

But the huts in Southwold (pictured), which have no electricity or running water, are subject to strict local by-laws which ban anyone from sleeping overnight

Southwold beach (pictured) has always been a popular retreat for well-heeled Londoners and celebrities including Chris Evans, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis

Southwold beach (pictured) has always been a popular retreat for well-heeled Londoners and celebrities including Chris Evans, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis

Huts in the best locations within Southwold, which is famed for its Adnams brewery, pier and lighthouse, are rarely on the market and some have been in the same family or generations

Huts in the best locations within Southwold, which is famed for its Adnams brewery, pier and lighthouse, are rarely on the market and some have been in the same family or generations

Several semi-detached homes in the area offer three bedrooms, one bathroom and two reception rooms, and is located 0.1 miles away from Lowestoft railway station.

Another property on the market is a £90,000, three-bed semi-detached bungalow at Broadlands Park and Marina in Lowestoft which has a garden, one bathroom and one living room.

The listing for the beach hut boasts that it has ‘glazed double folding doors’ and ‘a number of storage cupboards’.

The previous highest price asked for one of Southwold’s 300 beach huts was £150,000 in September 2018.

Prices have soared since then as property prices have continued to increase and the demand for staycation breaks following the Covid epidemic has boomed.

Huts in the best locations within Southwold, which is famed for its Adnams brewery, pier and lighthouse, are rarely on the market and some have been in the same family or generations.

Several semi-detached homes in the area offer three bedrooms, one bathroom and two reception rooms, and is located 0.1 miles away from Lowestoft railway station

Several semi-detached homes in the area offer three bedrooms, one bathroom and two reception rooms, and is located 0.1 miles away from Lowestoft railway station

Many are rented out for around £600 a week to visitors who flock to the town.

The latest asking price is more than double the price of a three bedroom terrace house on the market for £110,000 around ten miles away in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

More than half the properties in Southwold are second homes and the full-time population is now below 1,000, putting extra strain on local services.

Earlier this year, councillors unveiled plans to try and stem the number of second homes in the town and make more affordable housing possible for local people.

A spokesperson for estate agent Flick & Son, which is selling the hut, said: ‘I am sure it will go very quickly.

‘There is a high demand for huts and we expect there will be a bidding war in the end.’

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EU will retaliate to any unilateral action on NI protocol, Coveney warns

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British prime minister Boris Johnson has been warned of the consequences of unilateral action on the Northern Ireland protocol, including the prospect of “retaliatory” action from Europe.

On the eve of Mr Johnson’s visit to Belfast, the Government and Sinn Féin said moves to disapply parts of the protocol risked damaging east-west relations.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney spoke of a “landing zone” for negotiations and indicated that the European Union was willing to make adjustments through “partnership and dialogue” due to what he said were “legitimate concerns” within unionism about the operation of the protocol.

However, he also said that if London moved unilaterally it would make matters “significantly worse” and that “then the EU will be forced to respond to that with some form of retaliatory action”.

Mr Coveney said it was not “helpful” to expand on what form that might take, but that a response “would be very negative”.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said “there is a real and urgent obligation now” for Britain to engage with the European Commission “in a real and professional way to resolve issues that have been raised”.

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Ahead of talks between Mr Johnson and Northern Irish political leaders aimed at restoring powersharing at Stormont, Sinn Féin’s northern leader Michelle O’Neill said unilateral action would “represent an appalling attack on the international rule of law”.

“Only through joint agreement with the EU can solutions to problems or concerns be resolved,” she said.

“I will be telling Boris Johnson that unilateral action deepens political instability and economic uncertainty and must not happen.”

Ms O’Neill is to meet Mr Martin in at Government Buildings Dublin on Monday morning ahead of her meeting with Mr Johnson.

Mr Coveney travels today to Brussels for a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council and will later speak with EU negotiator Maros Sefcovic and British foreign secretary Liz Truss, who is expected to announce legislation on Tuesday that will unilaterally override central elements of the protocol.

Speaking to The Irish Times, Mr Coveney said Mr Sefcovic is open to making “significant progress” on the protocol.

“I believe there are solutions we could pursue and we can agree relatively quickly if there was an attitude to do so on both sides,” he said. “But we need a partner in London to do that, not a partner that is making threats of unilateral action.”

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The Minister also said he believes it is “likely” that US president Joe Biden will appoint an envoy to the North, saying the US administration is “extremely interested” in marking 25 years since the Belfast Agreement next year with “its institutions intact and functioning as they need to be”.

Mr Johnson is expected to affirm his commitment to the agreement and assert that he is not seeking to scrap the protocol. But Downing Street said ahead of his meetings with the North’s party leaders that he will not drop his government’s threat to unilaterally disapply parts of the protocol, which Mr Johnson agreed with the EU in 2019.

Downing Street said in a statement that Mr Johnson will tell party leaders that the door will always be open to “genuine dialogue” but that “there will be a necessity to act” and protect the Belfast Agreement if the EU does not change its position.

Writing in Monday’s Belfast Telegraph, Mr Johnson outlined that the protocol “has not been adapted to reflect the realities of the [Trade and Co-operation Agreement]”. He will signal that there is “without question a sensible landing spot in which everyone’s interests are protected”. However, he said that if the EU’s position does not change, “there will be a necessity to act”.


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