Forest Garden
What Colour Should I Paint My Wooden Greenhouse?

18th October 2023

If you’re fortunate enough to own a wooden greenhouse, you’ll know the joy of having this idyllic growing zone nestled in your garden or on your patio. Timber greenhouses really do stand head and shoulders above their metal and plastic greenhouse counterparts. They are so much more than a functional space to nurture seeds and vegetables: they’re also an attractive garden feature to enjoy throughout the seasons.

With over 50 years of expertise in designing and manufacturing timber garden products, we’re here to guide you in choosing the perfect paint colour to enhance the beauty of your greenhouse.

Why choose a timber greenhouse?

Opting for a natural wood greenhouse offers a multitude of benefits, chief among them is that the materials effortlessly blend with the natural landscape of your garden.

Our research study showed how much gardeners are thinking about the environment and really embracing natural materials including wood in their gardens as a sign that they are doing the right thing by buying more sustainably.  Wood has firmly established itself as the preferred choice for the eco-conscious gardener.

Many quality wooden garden items including our range of timber greenhouses, are pressure-treated, ours come with a 15-year anti-rot guarantee. With simple maintenance, your timber greenhouse will endure a long lifetime.  

After that, as a natural resource, the timber will feed the ground from which it came (unlike plastic) leaving no particles that could be potentially harmful or have a lasting impact on the environment.

By choosing timber, you’re not only enhancing your garden but also contributing to a more sustainable and eco-friendly future.

To paint or not to paint. Enhancing your wooden greenhouse

So should you paint your wooden greenhouse or leave it as it’s natural timber?

The choice is yours. At Forest Garden, we provide you with the freedom to choose.

It’s worth noting that all our timber greenhouses come pressure-treated, complete with a robust minimum 15-year anti-rot guarantee. This treatment involves impregnating the wood with preservatives, safeguarding it against the perils of fungal decay and pesky insect invasions.

Opting to maintain the natural wood finish is a fabulous choice, ensuring your greenhouse will become part of the natural beauty of your outdoor space. Over time, the wood’s colour will gracefully evolve into a charming silvery-brown hue, enhancing its rustic appeal.

Stains and water repellent can be applied if you would like to add a touch of personal style to your greenhouse, provided you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Consider selecting a natural wooden stain that not only retains the timber’s original colour but also ensures the natural wood colour doesn’t fade over time. We would suggest a UV Clear Wood Paint such as those from Thorndown Paint Wood Paint range.

What colour to paint your greenhouse

Painting your greenhouse will give it added protection from the elements and turn it into a real feature within your garden.

The world of paint offers endless possibilities, allowing you to tailor the look of your greenhouse to your preferences. Paint can create quite a transformation, so think about the look you are going for. Are you aiming for a big colour pop or statement feature or something softer that harmonises with the natural tones of your garden?

Thorndown Paints has a wide range of wood paint spanning the spectrum from lush greens to muted blues and creamy neutrals – practically every shade of the rainbow.

We’re always thrilled to see the creative flair of our customers when it comes to painting their greenhouses. Greens and creams are definitely the most popular colours, but we’ve also seen blues and pinks too.

If you’re in search of inspiration, take a look at the spectrum of colours we’re showcasing in this blog.

How to paint your greenhouse

To achieve the best results when painting your greenhouse, consider the following tips:

  1. Pre-assembly painting: As our greenhouses are delivered flat packed ready for self-assembly, it’s ideal to paint before you construct. That way you can easily get into any tricky corners.  A word or warning, please double check the components list to ensure all of the parts have been included.
  2. Paint before you remove the protective film. Each glass/acrylic glazing window panel is covered in a protective film to ensure the glass is kept clean and unscathed in transport. Paint before you remove the film and you will have the cleanest lines for your end result.

Best greenhouse paint?

You will need to use outdoor wood paint for your wood greenhouse. We have worked with and used Throrndown Paints many times so can recommend them as a starting point. Customers have also previously used Cuprionol and Rustoleum paints and reported great results.

So which colour paint will you choose?

Ultimately, the decision of whether to paint or leave your timber greenhouse in its natural state is a deeply personal one, a choice that mirrors your unique gardening vision and style.

As you ponder the colours and finishes that will adorn your wooden growing haven, don’t forget to take a peek at our stunning range of timber greenhouses.