What’s the Best Color to Paint a Fence

As a perimeter to your home, the fence is often overlooked as a stylish and distinctive element to your property. Rather than ignoring it, allow it to stand out! By adding a color to the fence you can allow your home to stand out on the block. If you’re thinking what’s the best color to paint a fence? Read on.

While the color decision is primarily up to you, check in with any local governing bodies before you are set on a color. Sometimes HOAs and local municipalities will have rules on the hues you can and can’t paint your property.

Secondly, work within the current color scape of your house. There are some unchangeable colors on your property. If you have a brick driveway or architectural element or a colorful roof remember that changing the color of these items is expensive and time consuming. You’ll want to work with the color that is there. Work it into your color scheme for a stylish look that is put together.

Typically fences around properties are made of either wood or metal. Both require regular maintenance to keep their viability. They are susceptible to moisture damage through rot or rust. Doing an annual inspection and the necessary repairs and painting will not only keep the fence looking good, it will prolong its lifespan.

Stain versus Paint

For metal fences, the only coating option is paint. When you are working with wooden fences you have the option of paint or stain. The biggest difference is that paint is available in any number of colors and is an opaque coating. Stain is more limited in the color options and forms a semi-transparent coating.

Paint protects the wood by forming a barrier on top of the metal, keeping the moisture away from it. If no water can get in to the metal, rust cannot occur. Stain works by soaking into the top layers of the wood creating a barrier against moisture intrusion. Once water makes its way through the stain, rot can occur and your fence will need replaced.


Sure, black seems dramatic and intense but when applied to a fence, the color reads to the eye as a neutral. This is a good option for a more modern home with lighter tones and an edgy door color. Think a white house, red door and gray trim. A black fence perfectly ties into the color palette while allowing the colors and textures of your property to pop and take center stage.


For the overly cautious, blue might seem extreme. Rather than royal think pale. Using a sky blue fence to outline a completely neutral home allows you to show some style against your softer colors on the property. This works great with a gray, beige or white house that has neutral trim and elements.


Gray is a neutral color experiencing an explosion in popularity. The color is a bit unique because gray stains and paints can be found, meaning gray can work equally well with metal or wooden fences. The stain allows some of the wood grain and natural imperfections to show through, while the paint will cover it completely. As a color found in nature, gray works well against any backdrop of house color and style.


For rustic, vintage and classic styled homes, natural colored wood stains can add a protective coating while enhancing the color of the wood. With colors from clear to brown to red, there are plenty of options to give life to your fence without causing it to stand out. Staining the fence protects it while allowing a perfectly rustic look.


Probably one of the most popular colors for fences is white. The American Dream involves a white picket fence after all. White fences are popular because of their ease of use. The color works with any style and material of fencing. White fences can require a lot of maintenance to keep them looking pristine. Salt, sprinkler water and dust each take a toll on the color and can require more work than one of the other colors.

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