How to Choose the CORRECT Paint or Stain for your Fence

How to Choose the CORRECT Paint or Stain for your Fence

Choosing a fence paint or colour might seem like a small task but when you actually get down to it, it can be a nightmare. To help you in your decision-making, we have provided our tips and tricks to help you find the best fence colour for your next project.

Colour Theory

Painting, repainting or staining your fence with a complimentary colour that elevates your overall exterior design is going to contribute to the overall aesthetic of your home, and likely increase the value if done well, so be sure to choose wisely!

The easiest way to find a winning paint or stain colour for your fence is to find a colour that complements the colour palette of your home, and the surrounding neighbourhood. You don’t want to be the neighbour with the bright blue fence in a sea of beige that you can see from two blocks over.


Get a “Green Light”

If you have a homeowners’ association or a neighbourhood beautification committee, etc., you are going to be required to get the “green light” from them before moving forward with painting or staining any of your fences, gates, or pretty much anything else on the exterior of your home.

Many neighbourhoods require homeowners to stick to a neutral colour scheme. This may include variations of beige, brown, black, and perhaps even subdued natural colours like a deep green, burgundy, or blue, but it is best to clarify before moving forward with a big project. If you neglect to obtain the required approvals, you could be forced to refinish your fence and other parts of the home’s exterior in a new colour – a frustrating, costly and time-consuming mistake.

Consult Your Neighbours!

Even if you only intend to paint or stain the area of fence that is on your property, you still need to make sure that you talk to your neighbours before you tackle this kind of project.

A quick heads-up will let them know what you’re up to, and may also give them the motivation to tackle this project at the same time. This provides the opportunity to colour-match, and even share the cost on materials – not to mention the opportunity to get to know your neighbours a little better!

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