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I had a garden makeover last November, but before I can start planting I need to paint some remaining old but solid fence, and some new bright orange dipped fencing!  I have a pergola, some trellis and a 3 panel fence with trellis at the top, all of which are cream coloured natural wood at the moment.  I don't want to paint them as I know they will age to a lovely grey in time.  Then there is a back and side fence which were previously painted chestnut brown, but now have some algae green in parts.  Then there is the side fence I had to replace which is bright orange, though the men said it would fade in time ...........  I'm going to post some pics to give you a better idea.


 


 


 


 You can see that last autumn I did try 6 different Cuprinol garden shades on my back fence!  But I didn't like the fact that the colour looked so solid.  I quite like a sponged effect using two colours that merge randomly, giving a more natural aged effect.  Has anyone ever tried that?  The main thing is that the fencing should provide a harmonious backdrop to the garden and also set off the planting to its best advantage.  The style will be informal with lots of climbers and the colour palette mauve, purple, blue, pink with accents of white and peach.  Any ideas and advice would be so helpful!

Salino

I like the neat and tidy look of your garden with those raised beds just ready for planting, I get the urge to 'dive in' there, so to speak....

..very much to personal taste regarding painting of fences, but I always use a dark Oak colour, as I find it blends in better with everything else, compatible with light colours, and doesn't compete in any way... I don't like coloured fencing, even the popular dark green ones you see today, so it's up to you really I think...

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I like the neat and tidy look of your garden with those raised beds just ready for planting, I get the urge to 'dive in' there, so to speak....

..very much to personal taste regarding painting of fences, but I always use a dark Oak colour, as I find it blends in better with everything else, compatible with light colours, and doesn't compete in any way... I don't like coloured fencing, even the popular dark green ones you see today, so it's up to you really I think...

Thanks Salino.  I too am itching to dive in!  Do you know what brand your Dark Oak is?  You wouldn't have a photo of your garden would you?

Matty2

With the older fencing you have with algae on. If you get some Algon and spray it on it works on fences as well as concrete to remove algae.

I like the dark oak colour but in my other house, because it felt very enclosed I heard someone on TV recommend a sage green, which I used. It still set off the plants well but seemed to open up the light in the garden. 

It wasn't cuprinol, I think it was Ronseal and for fences rather than structures, course may not do it now.

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Salino

Yes I do, at least here is a photo of just one small trellis section that was painted last autumn. 

I find none of these types of paints last that long, a couple of years and you will be thinking of doing them again.  The company I use is the one that ''does exactly what it says on the tin'', in case this site doesn't like advertising....

it's called

Fence Life, One Coat Colour and Protection

'Dark Oak'

they also do a '5 year weather defence' version,  so I might go for the this one next time... but that needs 2 coats...

I don't like colours like 'Harvest Gold' 'Autumn Brown' or even 'Country Oak' as I have found there is too much orange in them to my eye... but it's up to you, you might like those colours, but I find this to be easy on the eye... but as I say, only good for about 2 years I think and I shall have to do it again... you'll notice the fence on the left I have left 'grey' for now as I don't object to that colour too much...


 

marshmello

Looks fab even without the plants. Gonna look awesome when it's planted up. I'm a fan of dark oaks/browns. I think greens, as well as colours work well against that coloured darkdrop.

Like with interiors, a strong colour of some sort can really help to lift the more subtle shades.

I do like the idea of using a different colour for the pergola. A modern concept.

punkdoc

The only thing that I would say is that maybe a dark colour would make the garden smaller, whereas the sage green mentioned earlier might make it feel more open. I think most plants would look great against the sage background. Choices choises its going to be a great gaeden

Busy-Lizzie

We painted our shed with Cuprinol Garden Shades "Willow" and I like it, but it's really a matter of personal taste.

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y487/Busy-Lizzie/IMG_4986_zps06c19398.jpg

 

Dovefromabove

I agree with Punkdoc - as someone trained in colour theory I would use strong colours to make features seem nearer and lighter colours to make them seem further away.  

Some good sugestions above, love the willow coloured garden shed and orange pergola.

I think it's a matter of personal choice and chose to paint my fences/trellis rich oak using a wood preserve after having a lighter shade but acknowledge from puckdoc and Dovefromabove that colour does effect your planting and the illlusion of space.

You've clearly spent time thinking about the design of your garden. I like the colour of your shed from the photo taken of the front, it could be the way the light is caught but it looks rich and natural. I'd go with that colour for your main structures, trellis and shed with a darker colour for the fence, creating both boundaries and space.    

Lots of interesting feedback here and some very helpful advice - thank you one and all! I will definitely go for a lighter shade as the garden isn't huge.  Thank you for the pics Salino and Busy-Lizzie.  It's always helpful to see ideas in real gardens!  Nobody commented on my idea for a random sponged effect by incompletely mixing two colours (one white?) to give a more aged appearance.  Perhaps you think it's too faffy or really wierd?

Busy-Lizzie

I couldn't comment on the sponged effect as I've never done it in the garden. Did it in my bedroom once!

Atilla

Sponge affect over that amount of fence is going to take a lot of work! It took me several days to stain my fencing using a brush.

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I enjoyed looking at the F&B website Dani4.  Thanks!

 

Ok then.......dramatic pause ..........I have made my decision........longer pause .................and the winner is: ............Drumroll and even longer pause .................................

Cuprinol Garden Shades "Willow"!!  

If you look at my 4th photo, it's the colour I tested on the extreme rhs of the back fence.

Now I have to decide how much I might need and where I can get the best deal.

Can anyone tell me why I never receive emails when a response is made, even though the box is ticked?

Busy-Lizzie

There is a problem with this site at the moment. They keep promising to sort it but they haven't managed yet. You may find you get a squashed tomato when you try to look at other information like "my posts"!