Our Director of Color Marketing, Sue Wadden, used our 2021 Color of the Year to give her backyard shed a cozy new look. Take a look behind the scenes to see how this gorgeous makeover came to life with a rich coat of bronze color.
Tell us about your shed project!
Welcome to my backyard oasis! This summer, when we were sticking close to home, we decided to put a patio in for some outdoor living space. We love the way the patio turned out, but the existing shed (which was all white) looked super boring. Knowing what a great color Urbane Bronze is, I decided to paint the shed in it.
Why is Urbane Bronze the 2021 Color of the Year and where did the inspiration come from?
We chose the color for a few reasons – first, it’s just a gorgeous bronze tone that looks amazing in so many applications, but browns are trending in 2021, so it was the perfect time to talk about the rich colors that help make any space feel like a sanctuary.
How can someone create a sanctuary space of their own?
It’s pretty easy to create a sanctuary space – all you have to do is find a spot that feels separate from your busy living spaces and fill it with everything that encourages you to relax and unwind. For my family, cozy textures, candlelight and great music are the keys to our oasis. We also love adding plants and flowers to make sure nature never feels far away. That’s also why Urbane Bronze is such a great color for a sanctuary space – it’s earthy hue will instantly make your room feel tapped into the natural world around us.
Why was Urbane Bronze the perfect color for this project?
I love bringing dark colors onto exteriors. I think it strikes a beautiful balance with the colors of nature, no matter the season. This color will look just as beautiful on a snowy day in January as it would on a sunny day in June. It’s super versatile.
Sometimes people are nervous about using darker paint colors. What advice do you have to encourage them to give bolder colors a try?
If you’re hesitant to paint your entire room or house this dark, try little doses! Whether it’s an accent wall or your front door, sometimes a little bit of a dark color goes a long way.
What other colors does Urbane Bronze play well off of?
I love Urbane Bronze paired with neutrals like Messenger Bag and Modern Gray, but I also love it with strong colors like pinks, yellows and citrus-inspired shades like Determined Orange. It just goes really well with so many color families.
What’s the biggest takeaway from this DIY?
I hope this shows that you can really reinvent a space with great color. Look how cute this boring old shed looks – we totally revitalized it! Even though Urbane Bronze seems like such a dark hue, it’s really gorgeous and worth going bold.
Love the down-to-earth look of Urbane Bronze? Learn more about our 2021 Color of the Year to find additional inspiration that helps you DIY a sanctuary of your own, whether it’s indoors or out.