Black and White Fences: What's Your Fence Style?

Are you classic or modern? The shade of your fence may tell you.
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Nothing says homespun Americana like a classic white picket fence. If you love the cottage garden look, a white picket may be the way to go.

Recycled Plastic Split Rail

More of a trendsetter, or not interested in regular paint touch-ups to a white fence? Split rail fences like this one look great in black.

Don't Want to Rock the Boat? Go Classic

The classic white picket fence is often used in a country or cottage style garden to line a pathway.

Black Metal

Many homeowners choose black metal fences because they blend into the background. They tend to look more modern and architectural too. Consider black fences for a change of pace.

Landscaping Helps

HGTV Rate My Space user Tommy installed this white picket fence to create a garden sanctuary. He built raised beds with old decking material he rescued from a friend.

Heavy Metal

A row of clipped boxwoods create visual interest in tall black planters, and nicely complement the black fence behind.

Contemporary Wall Wings Provides Ultimate Screen

More a wall than a fence, this white barrier nevertheless creates a great screen and adds modern flair to this garden.

Shades of Gray

Not quite ready for black? Meet in the middle and go gray. These chic black planters complement a slatted gray fence. The planters are filled with scented jasmine trained to climb, giving a trendy look to a terrace garden.

Diamond Life

Diamond style lattice is placed on a solid wall and both wall and lattice are painted white. Colorful climbing plants bloom in vibrant purple against the contrasting white. Looking to show off your colorful flowers? Certain colors definitely pop against a white fence or lattice.

Tone it Down

Afraid to take the leap to an all-black fence? Consider black elements mixed in as an accent with bamboo or natural wood.

Still Commitment-Phobic?

Rate My Remodel user KaparArnault turned the garbage area outside of her home into this elegant courtyard featuring a dramatic black gate. For those less willing to embrace the black fence trend, start with a black feature like an arbor, gate or even some dramatic black containers.

Black Fence Design

A black fence allows the lush greenery in this cottage garden to stand out. Design by Virginia Rockwell

Black Fence Design

Bamboo against a tall, black fence creates a miniature backyard escape perfect for everything from reading a book after a long day to gatherings with friends and family. Agave mulched with stone adds a cool, living element to the decorative wall and sculpture. Design by Joan Grabel

Pergola Power

Gorgeous views and cool shade await loungers in this wisteria-covered, chic black pergola. Design by Scott Cohen

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