I have a little [cleared] 5 acre farm out in the middle of the woods. There was exisiting 4-board white fence when we moved in and we added more to match, staying with the white. As anyone who has white fencing knows....WHAT A PAIN to keep it looking nice! DH has been trying to talk me into painting it black for years, but I've been adamant about keeping it white. We're about to repaint the majority of it this summer and I've decided that I need some more opinions. I'm no longer totally adverse to black (and I'm open to any other suggestions!), but I'm worried that it will look a little dark on our cute little farm.
Does anyone have mixed fencing colors on their property? Our arena fence never got painted, and I actually kind of like the contrast of the wood with the exterior fence white, but I'm not sure if it's that I really *like* it or if it's just that I'm used to it (and subconsciously wanting to avoid the work of painting it)
Hmm -Lovely place there and I can see what you mean about the fence. A trick I learned from a friend of mine is to print out color prints of your farm/fence and then color in with some choices. Maybe review the color names from the Crayola posse for a couple ideas? Burnt sienna?
As your house is set back from the main road, the white fence really draws you eye up towards the house. If you mixed the fence colors, you could use this to change that or enhance the affect.
Personally, black seems a little dark to me, but a cedar color or redwood color might look great. We refenced our house and this helped us pick a color that didn't klash too much with the red brick house.
You could paint one corner black, the other another color, right at the entrance of the driveway to the house and then look at that for a few days, against the white of the rest and have more to go by.
I would do a dark brown or black, but only because I like the way it looks. Having had both, I can promise you the maintenance is the same either way - paint is paint, and acts the same regardless of color.
If I ever have the pleasure of starting from scratch, I'll do a serious dark *stain* instead. Not maintenance free, but much easier than regular paint.
********** We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.
I have a similar problem with white fences.... They look nice when they are white - but the maintenance here in the evergreen state is too much. So, we are looking at brown vinyl or brown centaur fencing. I like the brown better than black.
do a compremise --- cresote the rest of the fence line which is a wood treatment in helping preserve the wood
and paint the driveway length white that way it stays as it is looking up from the road
but when in has all the wood treated plus if you have any cribbers cresote helps to prevent them chewing your wood as it dont taste nice
Very cute farm. How about keeping the fence along the road and up the drive white, it looks so classsy and stands out. And the fencing in front of the house a nice color such as barn red, and (not to add extra work) paint your front door the same color !!!!