I am new to bee keeping and am taking classes etc. and will have my first hive at the beginning of May. I want to paint my hives so they will blend in with the background plants- bright white seems too stark, but I realize this helps in summer to keep bees cool. I am thinking of painting the hive light green streaks or a leaf pattern or does the hive need to be solid for some reason? I will keep the hives white if it's best for the bees. Many Thanks!