Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Paint It Black…Outdoors

Yesterday I mentioned I use black mulch with my plants to make the green leaves and colorful blooms pop. It got me thinking that using black outdoors is just as effective as using touches of black in interiors. Too often we think of white as the default paint color for outdoors – white fences, white trim, white pergolas, white white white. Not that we don’t love white, for picket fences, arbors, and trim, white will always be timeless.

However I went in search of fencing, pergolas, dividers, gates, and trellises that are painted black instead, and you can’t argue with the drama created in the examples below. Just as classic as a glossy black front door, these structures and fences showcase just how beautiful black as a backdrop can be.

black painted pergola

house and home

black doors and arbor

source unknown


black painted arbor

austin design

black arbor

source unknown

Arguably nothing is more classic than black wrought iron fencing – but who says your wood fence can’t convey the same drama as iron? Black painted fencing and lattice are sophisticated and form a striking backdrop for botanicals.

black patio divider

house and home

black painted fencing

alcro trend

black garden gate

timothy lee landscape design

black fencing and gate

garden design magazine

black fencing and planter

the guardian

black fence arbor shelving

interior dec

Horizontal planks are another fresh approach to fencing and dividers, painted black the look is custom and contemporary.

black siding patio furniture


sanderson design 1/2

stylizmo black fencing bench


black siding and trellis

via kml design

If you’re thinking of making a change to your fencing or adding a new improvement to your yard, rather than exposed wood or a painted white surface, you might instead consider painting it black. :)

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