12 Picture-Perfect Fences We're Loving Right Now

Have you always dreamed of that white picket fence? We've got that, plus 11 other fence looks to love.

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While most of us who own a home would think nothing of spending hours researching landscape ideas or color choices for our front door, for some reason fences don’t get much attention. But the truth of the matter is, your fence is often the first thing people see when they pull up to your house. Choosing the right fence for your home is no easy task once you realize how many choices there are when it comes to materials, styles and even cost.

I've rounded up some of my absolute favorite fence looks, no matter your budget. Take a look:

Brick

Contemporary Home with Brick Fence

Contemporary Home with Brick Fence

Design by The Ranch Mine

Photo by: Jason & Anna Photography

Jason & Anna Photography

Design by The Ranch Mine

Using neutral, gray colored bricks laid in a simple pattern is the perfect choice for this contemporary home. Keeping the landscaping simple allows the unique design of the house itself to truly shine, while the fence mostly fades into the background.

Narrow Wood Slats

Sleek Modern Fence Panels Set Tone of Design

Sleek Modern Fence Panels Set Tone of Design

A more modern screening design includes the use of fencing panels set horizontally giving the space a more contemporary garden look and feel.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Using a traditional material in a unique way is also a great way to create a show-stopping fence. This narrow slat fence looks fresh and modern and even brings a zen feel to this backyard.

Plexiglass Panels

Modern Panel Fence

Modern Panel Fence

Plexiglass panels fit within a stained cedar fence on a modern Chicago rooftop. The outdoor living space is designed by Topiarius, a full-service landscape design, build and maintenance firm.

Photo by: Topiarius

Topiarius

One of the newer materials on the scene for fencing is plexiglass. Depending on the climate you live in, you can use it to create large panels for your fence. Mixing it with wood will bring some warmth to your exterior.

Corrugated Metal

Platform Deck and Corrugated Metal Fence

Platform Deck and Corrugated Metal Fence

Overlooking the backyard, a platform deck is outfitted with bench seating and a Southwestern-inspired outdoor rug. A corrugated metal fence lines the perimeter of the low-maintenance yard for ultimate privacy.

Corrugated metal is a budget-friendly option that you might not have considered. Sheets of metal can be easily cut to size and paired with either horizontal or vertical wood posts (or both, as seen here). It’s a great choice for a more modern home.

Composite/Engineered Wood

Horizontal Wood Fence in Pastoral Setting

Horizontal Wood Fence in Pastoral Setting

A horizontal split wood fence creates a dreamy backdrop in a rural setting. The white Adirondack chairs are by Summer Classics.

Photo by: Summer Classics

Summer Classics

If you’re looking for a truly durable option, you might want to think about composite/engineered wood. These types of fences are manufactured from man-made materials; however, they look convincingly like real wood. They do tend to be significantly more expensive than wood, but they usually last many years longer.

Horizontal/Flat Wood

Wood Fence and Gate and White Exterior

Wood Fence and Gate and White Exterior

Design by Carley Montgomery

Photo by: Eric Charles

Eric Charles

Design by Carley Montgomery

In Los Angeles, these are called “hipster fences," mostly because all of the flipped homes on the market seem to have them. They're traditional wood fences, but the planks are arranged horizontally, instead of vertically which gives it a bit of a modern, updated feel.

Painted Wood

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Design by Jamie Durie

Photo by: Jamie Rector

Jamie Rector

Design by Jamie Durie

If you’re feeling a bit more bold, try adding a splash of color to your fence by painting it. You can either go big and choose to do this all around your home, or simply keep the color in one small area (like the one here). Keep in mind that painting the fence will require a bit more upkeep, and depending on your climate, you will have chipping paint to deal with.

Lattice

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Design by Brooke Wagner

Design by Brooke Wagner

Another great option is to use a lattice pattern for your fencing. While this won’t necessarily provide a lot of privacy, it’s a great option if you're looking for a more open and airy look.

Picket

Separate Spaces

Separate Spaces

A white picket fence separates the front courtyard area from the roundabout parking area.

A traditional picket fence is still a great option for a more traditional or historical home. If you’re simply looking to define your property lines or add a finishing touch to your home’s curb appeal, a picket fence might be the perfect choice.

Geometric Pattern

Geometric Fence

Geometric Fence

A fence inspired by Chippendale-style designs and custom-made by Atlanta Decking and Fence with a dark stain complements the home’s exterior and landscaping.

Photo by: Atlanta Decking & Fence

Atlanta Decking & Fence

Another fun way to update the look of your fence is to use a geometric pattern. This approach would work for a variety of materials (iron, wood, composite) and allows you to get a bit creative. You can choose to use a pattern in a limited area (like the front of your house) or include the pattern throughout your entire property.

Stone

Stone Fence and Entry Gate

Stone Fence and Entry Gate

The style of this stacked stone fence in Georgia fits with the wooded setting and creates gorgeous curb appeal.

Photo by: Brittany Lynch

Brittany Lynch

Stone is another classic, traditional choice for fencing. In terms of durability, this material is hard to beat; however, it can definitely be more expensive than some of the other options. You tend to see more of these fences in the Northeast, as well as in colder climates.

Natural Branch

Natural Branch Fencing

Natural Branch Fencing

Adding a fence to landscaping increases the beauty of the area, plus it visually defines the perimeter of a property. A rustic design complements and becomes part of the overall look, as in this fence made from natural branches.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Creating a natural branch fence is another unique option. This look would work extremely well in a lush backyard or along a path (like the one here). Again, it doesn't provide much privacy or protection, but it works great for defining an outdoor space.

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Stockade-Style Fence

This stockade style fence is blue stained and features a diamond tipped design. It is the backdrop for a colorful perennial garden that blooms all summer.

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Willow Screen Is a Natural Backdrop

Fencing options in a backyard cover a wide variety. A natural willow screen is a good backdrop for plantings in a garden design.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Recycled Plastic Split Rail Fence

There is no need for staining or painting since vinyl fencing comes in a wide range of colors and styles, and they don't include toxic chemicals that could leach into your yard.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Close the Loop Company. closetheloop.com

Get Crafty With Fences

Designer Brian Patrick Flynn thinks fences can pull double duty as both a border and a spot for stylish storage. He shows you how in this DIY project.

Photo By: Images courtesy of Brian Patrick Flynn

Oak Fencing

A simple oak fence can add a country look to your garden. Oak is best left unpainted, but a clear oil will preserve this hardwood's color. If left untreated, oak seasons into a lovely silver hue.

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Hand Woven

A hand woven panel is a good backdrop for plantings in an English garden design.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Trellis Panels

A trellis panel is a good backdrop for training climbers in garden design.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

An Inexpensive Option

A shiplap panel is a good backdrop for plantings and is an inexpensive option for a garden design.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Hit and Miss Fencing

The alternating panels of hit and miss fencing are wind permeable, making them well-suited to exposed areas. You can buy this fencing ready-made.

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Contemporary Slatted Wood Fence

A fence of slatted wood makes for a contemporary, durable screen. This type of fence can also function as a plant support for climbers.

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

A Sturdy Choice

Vertical softwood lumber panels are sturdy choice and a good backdrop for plantings.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Classic Picket

Picket fencing panels are a rustic choice and a good backdrop for plantings in a cottage garden design. 

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

A Bamboo Facelift

Bamboo screens will give mismatched fencing or chain link fencing an instant makeover.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Open Split Hazel Paling Fence

An open split hazel paling fence adds to the rustic look of a country-style garden.

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Dry Stone Wall Evokes Countryside Walks

Dry stone fencing lends a rustic look to garden. A wall or fence in a garden can be made from a variety of materials, brick being the most popular, followed closely by concrete, wood, and metal. Material should blend with the setting.

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Natural Branch Fencing

Adding a fence to landscaping increases the beauty of the area, and visually defines the perimeter of a property. A rustic design complements and becomes part of the overall look, as in this fence made from natural branches.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Trellis Fencing

Trellis fencing, as a boundary in a garden, is useful for internal divides.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Artistic Fencing Draws Attention to Boundaries

Draw attention to boundaries using bold colors and sculpture to create an artistic space.

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Espaliered Trees

Plants can help make a garden into an outdoor room with their leafy walls, structure and protective canopies. An espaliered tree is trained to a garden wall or fence, and fits perfectly in a smaller space.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Wattle Fencing

HGTVGardens community member Madam Spencer made this wattle fencing by hand out of about 400 hardwood saplings.

Festive in Bamboo

Privacy fencing made from overgrown bamboo cleared from the yard creates a charming outdoor room accessorized with a vintage couch covered with a tropical print and a Fifties-style table.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Courtney Ortiz

Rustic Fence from Bittersweet Vines

This rustic fence created from a bittersweet vine is courtesy of HGTVGardens community member prince snow farm.

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