Everyone’s heard of the “white picket fence”, but the reality is that that is only one of the possibilities open to those looking to add a little more privacy to their properties. In fact, with all the options available, you may be wondering how best to bring your outdoor design to life.

If you need some guidance, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of five decorative fence ideas that will help you zero in on an aesthetic that you’ll love for a long time to come.   

1. Consider the Material

Before building a fence, the first thing you’ll choose is the material. As you look into your options, take into account your price point, the look that you’d like to achieve, your ideal amount of privacy and the amount of upkeep required. While there are many options, these are the most common:

  • Aluminum Fencing: Relatively maintenance free, but doesn’t offer the height and privacy of other types.
  • Wood Fencing: The most popular choice; it offers plenty of options in terms of aesthetics, but price varies widely.
  • PVC Fencing: The most affordable option, but not the most sturdy.
  • Wrought Iron Fencing: Sturdy material and offers a specific look, but requires regular upkeep.

2. Highlight the Entranceway

Just as with the interiors of your home, every outdoor space you create needs a focal point. Where fences are concerned, that’s the entranceway. There are a variety of ways to draw the eye to the entrance, including: choosing a decorative door, building a pathway into the space, planting some colorful flowers or constructing a trellis. 

3. Embrace the Height

Bringing attention to a fence doesn’t need to start and stop at the ground line. In particular, when dealing with taller fences and those geared towards providing an impressive amount of privacy, it can be useful to incorporate height into your design. Landscaping is the easiest way to achieve this look. Consider incorporating a variety of different plantings, such as a tall arborvitae, sprawling ivies or raised garden beds.   

4. Make Room for Seating

As you imagine the vision for your final design, don’t let yourself be limited by the traditional idea of a squarely fenced-in yard. These days, fences can be built in all shapes and sizes, leaving you plenty of room to play around. One option is to carve out a space in your backyard to include a seating area. Discuss the logistics with your contractor, as they’ll know what will work best for your budget and property’s typography, doing so will leave you with a built-in entertaining area that you can enjoy for years to come.

5. Add Some Lighting

Aside from privacy and aesthetics, it’s possible for your fencing to have an additional function: lighting. It’s a particularly useful idea if you have a pool, seating, or dining area to ensure you can use your outdoor space once the sun goes down. Before you pick which type, consider both your aesthetics and power source. Those with the capacity for electricity can look into post caps, LED fixtures or even string lights. If you want to consider alternatives, lanterns or torches can be provide a softer light source.

Which fence idea would you like to try to get your yard summer ready?