Decorative Fence Ideas

by  Lauren Lockett-Summers
Last Updated: Feb 07, 2023
Decorative Fence Ideas

All fences provide privacy, security, and a beautiful backyard focal point. However, there are some fencing types that have an additional aesthetic focus.  If you want to add a decorative fence to your yard, but need some inspiration, this guide is for you! Below we will cover some of the most popular decorative fencing options.

1. Horizontal Wood Fences

Horizontal Cedar Fence

For a modern spin on a classic wood fence, consider a horizontal wood fence. As opposed to the wood planks being installed vertically, the planks are installed horizontally – either flush or with gaps in between. Horizontal wood fences can be stained in a variety of colors to complement your home’s aesthetic. Horizontal wood fences can also have elements of metal – either as posts or accents – for an additional contemporary touch.

2. Ornamental Iron Fences

 A staple in neighborhoods across the country, ornamental iron fences can be fully customized to fit your home. Ornamental iron fences, or the more affordable aluminum variation, can have both modern and traditional designs. The modern variation doesn’t typically include any post caps or finials, while more traditional variations boast quad, fleur-de-lis, and butterfly scrolls. Iron fences have gaps in between the rails, which don’t provide as much privacy as other fencing options and the gaps can allow unsupervised pets to escape. However, ornamental iron fences are extremely low maintenance – only requiring fresh paint every couple of years.

3. Lattice Fencing

Charming and classic, lattices can be added to the top of a wood fence or can make up the entirety of the fence. Lattice fences are constructed using strong lattice wood panels attached to sturdy wooden posts; they also will have top and bottom rails surrounding the lattice for stability and a finished look. Lattice fences can be stained similarly to any wood fence variation and with decorative posts and post caps you can add an extra layer of customization.

4. Split Rail & Post-and-Rail Fencing

Split rail fencing and its updated alternative post-and-rail fencing (estate fencing) are created using three horizontal rails with wide gaps in between. While typically constructed using wood, vinyl is an alternative material choice. Split rail and post-and-rail fences were historically used on ranches and other sprawling properties, but have since been adopted on smaller tracts of land.

5. Combination Fences

Don’t limit yourself to just one material choice! Many homeowners opt to use stone posts with wooden rails, metal posts with wooden pickets, and stone posts with iron fence panels. When done correctly, using a combination of fencing materials can offer a unique and truly custom look. However, you don’t want to use too many materials to prevent the fence from looking chaotic.

If you’re in the Austin area, Austex offers a wide variety of fence installation services. No matter if you want something simple or extreme, the experts at Austex are up for the job. Give us a call for a consultation today!

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