Posted: 26/09/2012 at 21:22
Hello Jeff ,have to say looks like you've done loads of work and it look like you are very creative
When you say the front wall, I'm assuming you mean the part that is painted in the dark Creoseal including the steps up. I like the darker wood effect but as you say it has come out very dark, if it were me I would probably hold off painting the other sleepers that colour for now. The reason I'm saying this is you have a fence of a lighter colour running behind it all. So if you paint the other sleepers that colour than you eye would be drawn to the lighter fence behind.
I do think that the dark colours show off the foilage of plants brilliantly but of course that will depend on the overall light that you have in the garden. You say that the garden is predominatley north facing and I can see some trees behind the boundary. It's difficult to judge when you don't have any green foilage to constrast the dark colours. If you paint the other sleepers the dark colour then It would definatley give defination to the separate area which could look great.
Maybe start introduce some plants in there in there so you can see how the dark colour works with the green of the plants and take it from there.
I agree with Kate, introduced some spring bulbs, daffs would look great in the Spring and work well with the dark colours.
Hope that helps