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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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Taoiseach’s family shaped by their working-class roots

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As a special needs assistant at Bunscoil Chríost Rí in Turner’s Cross on the south side of Cork city, Mairéad Martin-Richmond is often asked how she manages financially.

Martin-Richmond, a 59-year-old separated mother of two grown-up children, is a sister of Taoiseach Micheál Martin and says her family’s working-class roots keep her grounded.

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Hines invests in industrial portfolio in Northern Italy

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Hines has reached a binding agreement for an off-market investment to acquire 20 logistics assets located between Emilia Romagna and Lombardy through the Italian fund HEVF II Italy managed by Prelios SGR on behalf of the Hines European Value Fund 2 (HEVF 2). The transaction involves the acquisition of the real estate portfolio from four different selling companies and the simultaneous 15-year lease of the same portfolio to Snatt Logistica Group, a leader in the third-party logistics (3PL) sector focusing exclusively on the fashion industry. The portfolio of 20 logistics assets provides a total of 200,000m² of logistics space around Milan, Parma, Reggio Emilia, and Bologna. They are strategic, well-established logistic centres that enjoy effective, rapid connections with Italy’s main cities and the rest of Europe.

 

“We are pleased to start 2022 with an important investment in the logistics sector that consolidates our presence in the main intersections in Northern Italy. At Hines, we believe in the potential of the logistics sector in Italy and have set an investment target of around €1bn in 2022,” commented Mario Abbadessa, senior managing director & country head of Hines Italy. “We are proud to collaborate with Snatt Logistica Group, which is an international 3PL logistics leader in the luxury fashion industry, and we are certain that we will be able to develop a shared path for growth, guided by common values, including ESG, which is key to our DNA.”

 

Paul White, senior managing director and fund manager for HEVF 2 at Hines, said: “This is an attractive portfolio of assets with a strong, innovative tenant at the forefront of Italy’s fast-growing third-party logistics sector for the fashion industry. We believe that e-commerce will continue to drive long-term demand for high-quality logistics facilities in Italy’s northern cities, pushing the value of these investments forwards, while there is also a significant opportunity to enhance the sustainability performance of existing assets here. This is aligned with our ESG objectives as recognised by GRESB, with HEVF 2 achieving the award of Overall Global Sector Leader in the Diversified Office/Retail category for sustainability performance in 2021.”

 

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Latest Coveney gaffe shows new knack of ‘making small problems big’

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“Don’t mind your press releases,” a Fine Gael source was told by a more experienced hand on their first day in Leinster House; “If you want something out there, just say it in the PP [parliamentary party meeting].”

It’s a truism of Irish politics that these meetings – especially those of the two larger Government parties – leak like the proverbial sieve. This got worse during Covid, when virtual meetings meant members were unencumbered by the need to even appear interested, and journalists were freely briefed in real time. The content of the meeting, coupled with the observations of parliamentarians – arch, knowing, and unfiltered – populated twitter streams and news copy.

So, when Simon Coveney’s remarks about his surprise at the meeting between the Russian ambassador to Ireland and the head of the defence forces were promptly headline news, it can’t have been too much of a shock. “He knows he’s speaking at the leakiest meeting in Leinster House,” observed a source present.

Still, some in the room thought when Michael Creed raised the issue, Coveney would just “warble on like you normally do”. Instead, after a gap of several minutes while other questions were fielded, the Minister for Defence bit down. He said he was “surprised to put it mildly”, several sources present said, and questioned the judgement of it.

Afterwards, sources close to Coveney quickly asserted the Minister meant the tweet from the Russians, and the accompanying picture, were the issue, not the meeting. But multiple sources at the parliamentary party interpreted it as referring to the meeting, and what’s more, as a direct rebuke to the chief of staff. “The tone I got was he was f***ing livid,” said one source.

Either way, the remark was leaked, it was controversial, and early the next morning, Coveney was mending fences in the Dáil, expressing confidence in Clancy and contrition for having brought him into the line of political fire.

A kind interpretation, offered by some at the meeting, is that he feels honour-bound to respond fully to questions from parliamentary colleagues. There is likely truth to that. But equally, many believe he would have known his comments would have been controversial, open to interpretation as a rebuke to the head of the Defence Forces, and that it was meant as a shot across the bows.

Others postulate that – perhaps more worryingly – he didn’t detect the political risk inherent in the remarks, which the Opposition would say had undermined the Chief of Staff . “Simon should have known this was going to result in public comment,” said another person there.

That, in truth is the bigger concern – that Coveney’s bad run of form is down to a blunted political dexterity. “You’d know by the way he said it he wasn’t trying to cause controversy,” one colleague said – adding that it was, however, evidence of Coveney’s new knack of “making small problems into big ones”.

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