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Choosing the right paint colours for your modular fence

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Should I go light or dark? Which colour makes my back yard look bigger? How can I best show off my garden? In this article, we explore the wonderful world of paint colours and deep-dive into how to choose the perfect shade for your brand new modular fence.

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How do I paint my modular fence?

First, a bit of house-keeping. To ensure your paint goes the distance, ensure you’re choosing an exterior grade paint, such as Dulux Weathershield. Exterior paints are specifically formulated to withstand the elements, which is key to your paint job performing its best, whilst also protecting your modular fence beneath.

That being said, also be sure to paint your modualr fence within 30 days of installation, as per our warranty. Why? Our fences come in a ‘primed’ state, ready for your wall finish of choice. However, if left exposed to the elements for more than 30 days, this ‘primed’ state is compromised, affecting both your painting success and, possibly, the integrity of your fence materials.

For a step-by-step guide, download our Painting Guide here.


Top 5 most popular paint colours for modular fences

Now, for the fun stuff! Let’s dive into the most popular paint colours our customers choose to finish their modular fencing.

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1. Casper White, by Dulux

If you’re looking for a fresh, bright canvas, look no further than Dulux’s Casper White. This paint colour is a favourite for many of our customers; including Three Birds Renovations!

This shade is perfect for those seeking striking, contemporary finishes or for achieving a Mediterranean style aesthetic.

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2. Grey Pail, by Dulux

Made popular by Three Birds’ ‘Colour Me Hamptons’ renovation, Grey Pail offers a soft pop of colour for a summery vibe.

This paint colour is ideal for those creating a coastal or Hamptons home. With soft blue hues that seem like a subtle extension of the sky, it can also make your back yard seem bigger!

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3. Colorbond Classic Cream™, by Dulux

Have a more traditional or classical home? This warm fence colour has got you covered.

Classic cream is ideal for those wanting to match to their home or existing fencing, pairing beautifully wit wrought iron and classical architecture. For a Morrocan or desert-inspired touch, choose a textured paint base with this colour!

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4. Monument, by Dulux

From Alisa & Lysandra, to Kate Sparks Design, to The Designory; everyone can’t seem to get enough of Monument by Dulux!

This paint colour offers a sophisticated finish that creates a visual perception of depth. It  works wonderfully as a backdrop to lush gardens and feature plants, allowing the foliage to truly shine.

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5. Domino, by Dulux

As far as dark fence colours go, Domino takes the cake. This is one bold paint colour; striking to the eye, this shade will create a very dramatic boundary.

Best paired with contemporary landscaping with defined lines, architectural gardens and outdoor sculptures and wall art.


Unique ways to finish your fence

…looking to add something a bit more exciting to your fence? Paint isn’t the only option!


1. Exterior acrylic paint

This is the most common -- and easiest -- wall finish. Due to the smooth, cementitious finish of our wall panels, you can achieve a sleek, render-like finish with a quick lick of exterior acrylic paint!

Dulux Weathershield and Wattyl Solagard are popular choices for many of our customers, as they are exterior grade, don't need a primer and come in a vast collection of colours. It is also easy to harmonise to your home by using the same exterior paint, like this striking VogueWall used in Three Birds Renovations' outdoor fireplace!


2. Texture paint

If you're looking for a more textured finish but don't have the budget or DIY skill for rendering, a textured paint is the perfect middle-ground.

Look for sand-based, exterior grade paints and you will have a textured finish that’s cost-effective and very achievable for the average DIYer!

3. Textured acrylic render

Although our products are manufactured to mirror a rendered look, you can achieve a range of aesthetics with an acrylic render, such as stucco plastering or Tuscan-style finishes.

Note that whilst our panels do accept acrylic renders, our posts, post tops and wall capping do not; they will need to be finished with an acrylic paint, or texture paint, if you want to match the render's texture.


4. Tiling

Make a statement with some feature tiling! Tiled finishes on our wall panels have surged in popularity after the iconic EstateWall front wall in Three Birds Renovations' House 10.

To nail this wall finish, ensure you pair with External wall capping to adequately cover the tile edging and only tile the wall panels; the posts, post tops and capping will need to be painted. 

5. Veneers or cladding

Cladding is a great way to customise your wall and work extremely well for feature walls and retaining wall designs.

Our panels are suitable for all types of veneers -- simply keep to the weight restrictions recommended on the adhesive label. The general weight restrictions for most adhesives is usually around 90kg, but always check the label of the specific adhesive you’re using.

Finally, the posts, post tops and wall capping will need to be painted.


Written by Evelyn Kandris

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