Garden design is a fascinating and complex job with extensive knowledge required of plants, hard landscaping, irrigation, lighting, soil and micro-climates, and of course, a flair for design is essential.

The use of colour in garden design creates a space unique to the owner, whether it be the use of soft pretty pastels for a country cottage feel, or cool greys for a more modern look. Planting will obviously provide the basis for a colour palette but painting boundary fencing, masonry and garden features with wood paint is a quick and effective way of pulling the space together and elevating a garden design.

Designers have a catalogue of great tips and tricks up their sleeves. Painting boundary fencing in a light colour will brighten a small garden and can make it appear larger if incorporated into the design correctly. Painting a large garden feature like a summerhouse in a

bright colour such as Thorndown’s silvery Zinc Grey wood paint can make it appear closer as the eye is immediately drawn to it.

The use of dark paint colours can be used effectively on boundary fences making them seem to disappear behind planting and giving the appearance of a larger space. Timber obelisks, arbours and sheds can also be painted in a dark colour like Thorndown’s Yew Green, to make them fade into the background and allow planting to be the stars.

In the picture Love Your Garden used stark contrasting colours to help a visually impaired lady see and navigate her garden. The light and bright Greymond wood paint contrasts beautifully with the elegant and rich Bishop Blue wood paint used on the summerhouse and steps. The garden designers on Alan Titchmarsh’s popular Love Your Garden series regularly use Thorndown’s wood paint colours to create attractive garden features and stunning designs.

Thorndown’s Wood Paint is a water-based high-performing eco paint for homes and gardens. Colour pigments used are architectural exterior-grade VOC free that perform at the highest level in light- fast and weather resistance tests, meaning that the colour you paint on will be the colour seen for years and years!