A dark color makes the fence appear more in scale with the small garden. It also complements the warm tones of the house.
Where White Works
This isn't to say that white structures aren't appropriate in the garden. If the house or trim is white, this can be the obvious and correct choice. Use color to tie your home and garden together. Assess your style, and stick with it for a unified, great-looking landscape. And don't be afraid to try something new. Paint is an inexpensive way to get a fresh new look, even in the garden.
If you're after a more rustic look, consider staining your picket fence. The experts at Lakeview Paint in Birmingham offer these points.
- Apply stain on a new fence, not one that has paint on it.
- One coat does it, with freshening every four or five years.
- Use a solid hide stain, not semitransparent.
"Painted Garden Fences Add Impact" is from the February 2006 issue of Southern Living.