Design Ideas to Keep Your Home Fencing From Looking Dull and Drab

Posted on: 17 May 2016

A home's fence is usually erected to mark off boundaries and give you a bit of privacy from neighbors, but it can also act as a decorative element to your yard and your property. Unfortunately many homeowners don't think about a fence's design and overall appearance when they're choosing the material and style, and may wind up with a drab and dull fence. When you're ready to work with a fencing contractor to install a new fence on your property, here are a few design ideas you might discuss with him or her in order to make the fence look its best.

1. Pergola top

If you're opting for a plain wood fence, you can dress it up with a pergola top. You might note that a pergola usually has a very distinct design to the roof beams, as the edges are cut at an angle. You might add this same type of touch to your wood fence. Install tall, oversized vertical posts between panels which holds up a long horizontal post a few feet or a meter or so above the fence panels. On top of this horizontal post, add short posts with the edges cut at this same angle, facing into your yard. This makes your wood fence look like a long pergola and gives it a distinct and visually appealing design.

2. Curve your fence

A home's fence is usually installed in a square line around your property, but you might curve the fence for added visual appeal. Wood stakes can be offset so that the fence line is curved, or you might have the fence corners curve into each other rather than setting them at a ninety-degree angle.

3. Use natural elements

Very often a home's fence will be made of vinyl, PVC, wire, or another material that may make it look somewhat unnatural and industrial. One of the best ways to make a home's fence more attractive is to use natural elements; add panels made of stone or even bamboo shoots to bring in a natural look. If you must opt for wrought iron or chain link fencing, have your fencing contractor work with a landscaper to plants vines around and through the fence rails and grids to tone down the metal. Pour concrete for the posts so you can shape and form pockets for flowers and vegetation right in the post itself. This will make the fence look more inviting and less industrial overall.

For more information, talk to a fencing contractor.