B&Q: Expert shares advise for painting a room

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.

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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.

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The expert recommended painting the fence a bright yellow or bright orange for a themed courtyard to strengthen the theme.

A themed garden can have a lot going on, so try to keep plants to a minimum and opt for a bistro set instead of a modern rattan set.

The expert noted: “A Provencal-themed courtyard could be painted in sky blue and planted with a statement olive tree, lavender, rosemary and thyme. Opt for a pale blue wrought-iron seating to tone in with the walls.”

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4. Use an outdoor mirror

Angela continued: “An outdoor mirror placed at the end of a path or at the end of the garden will make the garden appear as if there is another part to be explored. 

“Better still, place an arbour covered with climbers around the mirror to further the illusion of a portal into another spacious garden.”

When painting fences, make sure it is a dry day before sanding it down and priming it.

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