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.
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:
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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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.