20 Design Ideas for Wooden Fences

See innovative approaches and non-traditional takes on the classic wooden fence.

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Revisionist Victorian

A Victorian-style cottage with a timber picket fence in Australia is given a contemporary look and feel with a vibrant yellow and white color scheme by Horton and Co.

An Arbor Gate and More

This winning combination of an arbor, an entrance gate and a border fence that is ideal for flowering vines and flowers is constructed from Tight Knot cedar by Exteriorscapes.

Preschool Wonder

With its whimsical yet rustic design, this Tight Knot cedar fence and side entrance for a preschool creates an imaginative setting for inquisitive minds.

How to Make an Entrance

A cedar gate, pergola with veneer stone columns and a grape-stake fence of split redwood make a striking first impression in this Mill Valley, California renovation from Pedersen Associates.

Inside Scoop

An outdoor BBQ grill and countertop area stand out against the custom-made redwood screens and overhead trellis in this detail from a Mill Valley, California renovation by Pedersen Associates.

Stained Accents

Different shades of green in this thriving natural space are set off by a distinctive cedar fence with a semi-transparent stain to give it a dark color, courtesy of Fifth Season Landscape Design.

Rainbow Shades

Taking a playful folk art approach to the traditional fence, this stained board delight from Exteriorscapes is made from recycled Tight Knot cedar.

Gates and Cranes

Two crane sculptures stand out against double gates made of cedar and copper, with a border fence mirroring the same style from Giguere Landscape Design.

Silver Lake Innovation

An artful alternative to a traditional privacy fence, resin-core panels with a real wood overlay by Design Vidal surround a backyard pool in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Pine Simplicity

A pressure-treated pine fence provides the perfect backdrop to a border garden of Southwestern plants in this design from Fordellis in Austin, Texas.

Ultimate Curb Appeal

A lakefront home takes on a distinctly modern look in this stunning creation from DeForest Architects that juxtaposes channel glass (on the upper portion of the house) against an ipe wood privacy fence with a custom stain.

Bamboo Alternative

Instead of traditional bamboo screens, Giguere Landscape Design uses cedar fence partitions to border a flagstone pathway, culminating in a Zen garden effect.

Blending into Nature

Blending in with the surrounding greenery, a garden arbor gate and border fence, created from pressure-treated wood and painted, marine-grade black gloss by Rooms and Blooms, beckon you into the lush domain beyond.

Street Smarts

The stylish entrance to this San Francisco residence by Ohashi Design Studio includes an elegant ipe wood fence with a stain of Missmers UV Plus.

West Coast Style

A unique combination of stained Mangaris lumber and Kynar-painted steel posts defines this Manhattan Beach, California fence from Ecocentrix Landscape Architecture

Cedar Pleaser

An example of a sturdy, reliable fence that works well in both sunny and shady areas, this handsome border was created from knotty-grade cedar by Fernhill Landscapes

Short But Striking

A handsome low fence provides the ideal backdrop for an impressive display of ornamental grasses in a pairing by Rollin Landscape Design.

Line and Angle Poetry

A Western red cedar fence makes a bold impression against this model of modern design composed of ipe wood, glass and brick by Hufft Projects.

Scene Stealer

A Craftsman-style cedar fence by Southview Design with side garden provides an eye-catching compliment to this natural landscape.

Back to Basics

A combination grape arbor and Adirondack style fence made of cedar add a rustic touch to the bucolic surroundings in this organic creation by Art Gems

Palo Alto Chic

This California home designed by Klopf Architecture spotlights the natural beauty of redwood in a stylish horizontal fence. 

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