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Fence paint colours to give the ‘illusion’ of a ‘bigger’ garden

Angela Slater, gardening expert at Hayes Garden World, recommended opting for darker colours if you have an average-sized garden.

1. Black or dark grey

The pro explained: “Generally, a fence painted in dark colours makes an average-sized garden appear larger as it shifts the eye from the fence to the plants.

“If you have a lot of plants packed into your garden space, you can get away with a black or dark graphite fence as it will provide a foil to the colours of your plants and make any light-coloured flowers stand out; it will also give the illusion of depth to your plants.

“If you have a lot of green in your borders, paint your fence in dark olive or French navy to tone in with your plants.”

2. Pastels for small courtyards

Many people have courtyard gardens, which are often small in size, so it’s important to make use of the space with colours as much as possible.

It is recommended to paint fences in pastel colours if you do have a small courtyard area, such as light blue, sage green or dusky pink.

Britons should make sure whatever colour they choose, ties in with the rest of their garden furniture and theme.

Angela added: “Painting your tiny courtyard in dark colours can make it look oppressive. However, if you are trying to achieve a jungle look to the space, then a dark olive or graphite colour would give the illusion of depth and really make the tropical flowers stand out.”

3. Bright colours if you have a themed courtyard

Themed courtyards are also very popular, with some people opting for a Mexican or Spanish theme with lots of bright colours.

The expert recommended painting the fence a bright yellow or bright orange for

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Fence experts share colours that will make a garden look bigger and more spacious

While it is true that certain fences could easily make a garden appear smaller than it actually is, the reverse is also true. 

If gardeners choose the colour of their fencing wisely, they can actually use the fence to make their garden “appear bigger”, according to experts at Barnard Fencing Supplies.

They explained: “By choosing your fence colour strategically, you can actually make your garden appear larger and more spacious.

“It’s all about cleverly tricking the eye – by making the borders of your garden less immediately obvious, you can create the deceptive effect that your garden actually stretches out to cover a wider area.”

So, for those looking to make their garden appear larger, the experts recommend choosing a fence in one of the following “most effective” paint colours.

1. Neutral colours 

These neutral colours include different sorts of shades of greys, light browns and taupes. 

By opting for natural colours, households can achieve a “more seamless visual transition” between their fence and the surroundings. 

In this way, the barrier of the fence becomes much more subtle. As a result, it helps to “make the garden look larger”.

2. Greens 

Similarly, green colours also blend in with the natural surroundings far “more effectively” than most colours. 

So, this allows a fence to sit amongst the grass and trees in a much less obtrusive way. 

As a result, this colour choice helps a garden to feel “more open, airy and expansive”. 

The fence pros said: “If you are choosing green for your fence, we would recommend trying to work with the plants and greenery that you have in your garden, to make this effect as successful as possible.”

3. Light shades 

Light colours are fantastic as they reflect far more light than darker colours and that’s what’s needed

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