Wood fence colours

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Wood fence colours
A wood fence can be painted or left natural. (wagon wheel against wood fence image by Kathy Burns from Fotolia.com)

The colour of a wood fence has a major impact on the aesthetics of the areas around it. A weathered, natural wood fence will lend a different air than a brightly coloured yellow fence. When choosing a colour for your fence, consider not only the colour but the material you will use and how much maintenance it will require in the future.

Natural wood

Natural wood fences can blend into the landscape and provide a subtle effect at the back of a property. As an added benefit, you'll never have to repaint them. A natural wood fence probably won't last quite as long as a painted fence, but if you build it out of a durable wood that resists rot, such as cedar, it should last many decades. Putting a coat of linseed oil onto a natural wood fence will help to preserve the fence and will slow down the process of darkening that occurs when most woods are exposed to the outside weather.

Traditional white

The white picket fence is a traditional element of a cozy home. Many gracious older homes are surrounded by brightly painted white picket fences. A white fence gives a property a heritage feel and is neutral enough that its colour doesn't clash with anything else. An added benefit is that the fence will be quite visible at night, making it less likely that people will back their cars into it or walk into it and be injured. For the most durable results, paint the fence with an exterior quality oil-based primer followed by an oil-based finish coat.

Dark green

A dark green fence can provide a more formal feel to a property than a white picket fence. Dark green fences are sometimes seen next to or in conjunction with stone walls. The two structures together create a grounded and permanent feel. Dark green is an appropriate colour for a privacy fence in a back garden where you are trying to create a sense of enclosure and relaxation.

Matching the house

A fence that is painted with the same paint that is used on the exterior of your house will help to tie the property together and create a sense of unity and completion. If the walls of your house are painted one colour and the trim another, paint the fence the same colour as the trim. Particularly if the fence is attached to the house at the corner, this will tie the fence in with the house and give the impression that it is an extension of the house's trim.

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