31 Decorative Fencing Ideas to Inspire Your Next Fencing Project
by Lauren Lockett-Summers
Last Updated: Oct 30, 2023
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 our favorite decorative fencing options to help you get inspired for your next fencing project.
1. Give it a modern spin
Great for backyards
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.
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.
Adding art to your fence adds visual interest and personality to your outdoor space.
Weather-resistant art pieces like metal sculptures, wall hangings, paintings, signs, flower planters, faux windows, birdhouses, and ceramic tiles are simple additions that can make a world of difference.
You can also paint your fence with a mural or a geometric pattern using stencils. Experiment a little to see what works best for your aesthetic.
Climbing plants break up the monotony of a privacy fence and give your backyard a garden oasis feel. Ivy is a great choice if you like greenery, but you can add pops of color with plants like wisteria, honeysuckle, clematis, bougainvillea, and roses.
You should leave some distance to allow the fence and plant to breathe. It’s best to place each plant about a foot apart, since they’ll grow up instead of along the fence. Strings can help you shape the plant in the direction you want it to grow.
If you want a twist on the classic picket fence, there are plenty of options. You can get a rustic, charming look with irregular oak pickets, or make it modern with a combination of alternating long and short spears.
The curved wave design with symmetrically heightened pickets is popular for picket fences. French Gothic fences that create convex or concave shapes add a lot of visual interest.
Living fences are becoming a popular alternative to chain link. They’re made of living plants, such as shrubs or trees, and can be used as a privacy screen or windbreak.
They often require less maintenance than other types of fences while still providing shade and blocking sound and wind.
If you don’t need the security of a full fence, you can “fence in” your whole yard with living fences. Conversely, just a few panels of living fence can be beautiful when incorporated into an existing fence design.
A black fence is a bold and striking style that highlights your backyard. Whether you want to shift focus to your gardening or you want a clean, polished look to complement your yard décor, a black fence can be the ideal choice. It’s also easier to keep clean since it hides dirt and dust.
In addition to vines that grow on your fence, shrubs and flowers at the base can add some plant cover and privacy without blocking out all the light.
Best for slatted or picket fences, brightly colored flowers that grow to different heights is an ideal way to add a pop of color to your fence and make your backyard more welcoming. Consider bright flowers like tulips, roses, dahlias, hibiscus, chrysanthemum, and irises.
If you don’t need full privacy the French window design is one of the most upscale and unique designs you can choose.
These fences have wide square panels that are open to allow natural light and ventilation in. If you need more privacy in certain areas, you can easily grow plants within the fence or block the view with potted shrubs and flowers.
Spacing out the wood planks removes some privacy, but it allows more light and air to pass through your fence to open your yard.
This fence has a very rustic look and works well in smaller yards, front yards, and gardens. In this example, the fence slats that don’t connect provide a structural aesthetic that complements the landscaping elements in the yard.
28. Use the fence as a backdrop for a seating area
The white picket fence is a classic design that’s stood as a symbol of the American Dream and success. It’s perfect for many different home styles but works especially well for charming cottages and traditional homes. You can also tailor the design to your decor with different post caps and picket shapes.
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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