Avoid painting your garden fence with these 3 colours, warn experts

Proceed with caution before choosing any old colour for your garden refresh

Blue painted wooden fence surrounded by garden area
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Experts reveal the colours you should try to avoid when painting your garden fence.

As the seasons change and we hope for warmer weather and longer days ahead of us, it's no surprise that many of us will be considering how we can spruce up our gardens – and what better way to do that than polishing up our garden fence ideas?

Knowing how to paint a fence is easily one of the quickest ways to give your garden the well-needed refresh it needs, especially if you opt for fence colours to make your garden look bigger. It's best to proceed with caution before choosing just any old colour, as you may end up achieving the opposite effect.

Garden with wooden fence and curved bench on edge of brick path

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3 fence colours to avoid

If you're planning summer barbecues and gatherings, or simply wanting to indulge in your own time of relaxation, you'd be surprised at how much of a difference the right-coloured fence can make as an easy garden idea – so it pays to make sure you've got it up to scratch.

Dark grey fence in front of potting bench

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1. Bright colours

Pol Bishop, gardening and landscaping expert at Fantastic Services warns, 'Bright and bold colours can be overwhelming and will likely clash with the natural landscape of your yard. These colours typically also tend to fade quickly under direct sunlight and require more frequent touch-ups.'

These colours can also steal attention from the plants in your garden and make it difficult to coordinate with even your best garden furniture pieces.

Colourfully painted garden fence and wooden chair in garden area

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Mark Gregory, MD of Landform Consultants and designer of The Savills Garden, also adds that these colours tend to 'draw attention to your boundaries' as they 'catch the eye and will create the impression that they are closer than they are, minimising the space.'

Not to mention the discourse it may create with your neighbours.

Blue painted wooden fence surrounded by garden area

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'The absolute no-no when it comes to choosing a colour for painting your fence is choosing one that your neighbours will hate,' says Marianne Shillingford, colour expert and creative director at Cuprinol.

She warns, 'What works for you and makes you happy, may well lead to disharmony with those around you. Good fences make good neighbours.'

'So, if you are considering something a bit out of the ordinary like a bold bright pink or zesty yellow, invite your neighbours who will be able to see it from their homes round for a cuppa with biscuits and a colour chart first.'

garden with blue painted fence, black planters and tree in corner

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2. Dark colours

Dark colours, such as black, dark brown, or dark grey can make your garden feel smaller, which doesn't help if you're already trying to fight that illusion.

Pol Bishop at Fantastic Services adds, 'They also typically absorb a lot of heat, which leads to damage and warping of the fence. Besides that, dark colours tend to display dirt and grime more easily and require more frequent cleaning.'

black fence in garden with pot plants and pathway

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3. Shades of green

This one might be slightly controversial, as it's typically thought that a green fence will help enhance the natural look of a garden, but this isn't always entirely true.

'There are many shades of green in plants and often when this is combined with a green fence, the colours will clash and your garden will look cluttered and confusing,' says Pol Bishop at Fantastic Services. 

Green garden fence in outdoor area

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We love hearing about the dos and don'ts of decorating, however, at the end of the day, your garden is yours, so decorate it the way that'll make you happy.

So truly, the only fence colour you should avoid is one you'll hate.

Jullia Joson
Junior Writer

Jullia Joson is a Junior Writer at Ideal Home. She's always loved all things homes and interiors, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Nottingham where her love for journalism blossomed following her internship at ArchDaily. Now focused on home tech, Jullia works on writing features and explainers to help people make the most of their home appliance investments. When she isn't writing, she loves exploring the city, coffee shop hopping, and losing hours to a cosy game.