Painting garden fences not only protects them from deterioration caused by the weather, but can play a fundamental part in garden design. Small gardens can be made to look larger by painting boundary fences in a dark colour. Painting dark colours on fences can also help them disappear behind planting, giving the garden the illusion of extension and endless boundaries.
Below demonstrates how Blackthorn Wood Paint has been used effectively in the garden
Fences only need one coat to protect them but you may want to put two coats on when using light colours like Wispy Willow, to give a solid colour coating. Coverage for Thorndown Wood Paint is high at 12m2 per litre per coat, but remember that most fencing is rough sawn and thirsty wood so coverage rates can be halved for the first coat.
Prep is simple. Just make sure the surface is clean and dry before painting. Using a power washer is a great way of blasting off dirt and algae. Our Wood Paint contains an algae inhibitor that helps to kill off and stop new algae growth. It’s encapsulated meaning it’s more effective, longer lasting and won’t leach off into the garden.
Landscape & Garden Designer Bob Richmond-Watson used this design trick beautifully in a West London garden design. He painted boundary fences with Bishop Blue wood paint creating a striking and elegant back-drop to rich planting.
The client wanted a space that would transport them away from the hustle and bustle of city life. With an emphasis on strong luxurious colours and rich textures the space needed to be low maintenance and high impact and to make the most of the south facing aspect. By painting the boundary fencing in a dark colour the garden was made to feel larger and in time climbers will cover the fences to further add to the illusion of space. Oversized reclaimed Yorkstone paving was set within gravel to create a path and terrace, while bespoke planters created space for textural planting enveloping the client in greenery and calm. (See more about this project : www.bobrichmondwatson.com/westlondonretreat)