Different Uses of Colour in Garden Design


Painting garden joinery not only looks amazing, but increases the life expectancy of your exterior timber products too. Here we explore a variety of applications for adding colour to your garden design, providing inspiration and ideas for attractive finishes that complement your garden and interior design.

Go Green

Our green colourways are a popular choice, it appears organically in nature so painting garden joinery in a variance of green subtly compliments foliage and flora beautifully, providing an attractive touch to any garden space.

Create the perfect traditional English country garden by planting flowering shrubs of subtle pastels against diagonal timber trellis tastefully painted in a pale shade of green.  Include a bespoke arch or arbour for an elegant feature.

Bursts of Colour

Adding a burst of bright colour in a garden can make a real statement and completely transform outdoor spaces into fun modern environments.  Be bold by painting timber panels or garden furniture in vibrant shades in complete contrast to the many shades of green in the garden.  Alternatively, you could opt for a more restrained palette for your garden joinery and express yourself through vivid planting.

We particularly like Joanna Archer’s use of our contemporary slatted panels painted in stone with complimentary furniture and lighting from Fermob. We also love made.com and Habitat for their colourful outdoor furnishing and accessories.


Keep it Neutral

In contrast, Farrow & Ball Colour Curator Joa Studholme suggested at Decorex that “grey mania could be over”, making way again for warmer neutrals. Consider one of our paint shades such as Autumn Tide (below image), Stone or Orford Cream to create a neutral effect that compliments almost any garden.


Creating a serene garden with a restricted palette is a simple way to achieve a striking effect. Planting only white or cream flowers combined with our Orford Cream paint colour on fencing, trellis, planters and stores provides chic style and a sense of peace and calm.

Back to Black

Painting garden joinery black can reinvent an uninspiring outdoor space into a smart, modern contemporary space, perfect for urban gardens.  See our recent case study here of mirrors and vertical ebony timbers that, when combined, produce a stunning effect of space.

Mix It Up

If you fancy something a little more adventurous, why not experiment with a variety of complimentary colours on your painted garden joinery. The bespoke projects below feature a garden shed and log store painted Manhattan Grey, with the darker hues of Greenwich Green on the fence behind, and two-tone decorative trellis features Orford Cream trellis framed with our Manhattan Grey paint colour:

Painting Made Simple

Our in-house professional painting service means that all our products are prepared in an indoor paint shop with enclosed spray booths and temperature and humidity controlled drying rooms. This allows the painted joinery to be prepared in the best possible conditions, ensuring the most attractive and durable finish. Best of all, it means we do all the hard work!

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Our ready-made timber products are available in a range of 8 paint colours and 2 coloured stains plus natural timber options. > Request your colour sample box today!

We have an even larger range of bespoke paint options and can also work with your choice of paint to compliment your existing scheme. > Find out more and request a bespoke colour sample pack.    

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