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Types of Fencing and Design Ideas

Whether you are looking for some added privacy for your home, security for your family and pets, or a decorative element for your yard, fences are an excellent addition to any space. However, with so many different yard fence ideas available, featuring a variety of different colors, materials, sizes, and styles, it can be hard to narrow down your options!

While your space may be off-limits, no fence styles are off-limits in this complete guide with fence ideas! From functional to fabulous to fancy, we’ve included a fence idea for everyone!

Why Build a Fence?

While most people may think of fences as a privacy solution, they actually can be so much more. Fences provide backdrops to garden beds, support planters, highlight ornamental pieces, and keep aggressive plants under control. They can serve as stand-alone decorations that enhance or complement your outdoor living space. They come in all shapes, materials, sizes, and colors, so you can really match them to your outdoor aesthetic.

Can You Build Your Own Fence?

Absolutely! The biggest perk to building your own fence is the ability to personalize it to best fit your outdoor space. Building your own fence not only ensures that it will look EXACTLY the way you want it to, but it can also be more affordable than hiring a professional (depending on your DIY and construction abilities). If this sounds like a project you would be interested in taking on, check out the types of fences for yards that can be created DIY. You are only paying for the materials and covering the labor yourself.

For example, if you fall in love with some of the simple wood fence designs, all you need is some wood, a quality nail gun, and the inspiration found in this guide. You’ll be ready to start building beautiful fences before you know it!

Wood Fence Types & Ideas

Traditional Wood Privacy Fence

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These traditionally shaped slats form a well-manicured backdrop, while also working functionally by providing you with substantial privacy. You can choose the height of the wood planks to fit your needs. The natural wood can also be painted to add the individual touch you crave. Another fun idea to spice up your traditional timber fence is to add hanging planters to the fence to expand your garden.

Cedar Fence

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Most popular wooden fences derive from pine due to availability. However, if you want to make a wooden fence that will last your lifetime, consider using cedar.

Cedar is naturally resistant to rot, decay, and insect attacks. It also comes in rich red and reddish-brown hues that add an extra decorative element to your fence.

Wooden fences that can juggle incorporating rustic materials into a modern-looking design are truly works of art. Horizontal fences, fences with polished elements, and other modern designs look incredible when they use cedarwood.

Treated cedar boards keep their shape well throughout the years and warp very little in the elements to keep the contemporary look you crave up to date.

Bamboo Screen

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Bamboo is an inexpensive, readily available, and lightweight choice for privacy screens and fences. Resistant to rot, bamboo fences are durable and long-lasting. They add a modern, clean touch to conventional fence designs.

Evenly cut bamboo provides clean lines that are supremely satisfying. The height of a perfectly placed bamboo fence provides plenty of privacy.

You can also use a bamboo fence to divide one area from another in your yard. Bamboo is easy to trim to any height to hide unsightly parts of your yard while drawing eyes to what you want to highlight.

Privacy Fence Types & Ideas

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Privacy fences can be built from almost any material. They serve one main purpose: to block both sight and a certain degree of sound.

It’s also important to consider that a privacy fence often spans a shared property line, so it should be a visually pleasing boundary for both parties involved.

It doesn’t get more natural than using live hedges as a fence. Of course, you do need to have some patience to wait for the filling in that needs to occur. Once your hedges have grown in though, you’ll be overjoyed.

Evergreen vegetation, such as privets, thuja species, and holly are all popular choices and provide complete privacy once they have filled in gaps between plantings.

Wood Privacy

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If you are considering a tall fence of considerable length, remember that fencing costs depend on each linear foot you put up in addition to post and material support.

Some of the most affordable materials are the most traditional, such as cured pine boards and strong wooden posts.

Vinyl Privacy

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Vinyl is a synthetic polymer used in a variety of building projects. It provides great privacy, and because of how commonly it’s used, there are lots of vinyl designs available for an affordable cost.

Clean lines and durability define this contemporary look that fits basically any landscape well. Shaped posts lend traditional vibes without sacrificing surface texture to the inconsistencies found in wood.

Vinyl easily mimics the look of many other materials for fractions of the cost to provide the look you have envisioned.

Metal Fencing

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One of the most popular decorative fencing options is metal fences. Scrolling curves and delicate vining effects occasionally twine amongst this tried and true material that will last a lifetime and then some.

Used more for property boundaries and garden hedging, modern takes make iron a trendy and elegant choice. While it won’t provide much privacy, the sophistication and durability of metal fencing are ideal.

The careful curves and designs of this fence mimic the vegetation found behind it and also provide a degree of privacy through their many different faces.

If you are in love with intricate metal fence designs but are in need of more privacy, consider highly decorated pieces such as this one.

Stone and Brick Work Designs

Natural Stone

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Stones used to be the go-to building material in areas where timber wasn’t readily available. Bricks have been made for centuries from a variety of materials to provide shelter around the world.

These traditional building choices may have been upgraded for specific decor over the last few hundred years, but the purpose they serve is the same; to provide a separation between spaces.

If you’re looking for a natural garden fence, this is one of the best ideas out there!

You don’t have to get busy digging through your backyard for enough rocks to complete a natural-looking fence; landscaping companies sell rock by the ton. Mark your territory AND make your mark!

Traditional Brick

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I love everything brick. Brick walls, walkways, borders, you name it. The bright red color looks spectacular when juxtaposed with the vibrant green of the trees above. For a pop of color, consider using flowering trees or vines, or even adding a flower garden to the space.

The Classic White Picket Fence

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It doesn’t get more classic than a white picket fence!

Nothing paints a picture of home-sweet-home like white picket fences. These fences are not just for suburbia anymore; you’ll also find them in rural and urban settings, adding a touch of comfort to spaces. While they may seem simple, white picket fences can symbolize independence and financial freedoms. These classic fences are often included in people’s vision of what the American Dream is. No wonder it’s still a popular fencing choice throughout the country.

Reinvent the traditional look with material choices, placement, and even decoration throughout the year.

This idea is perfect for contemporary design lovers who want to blend traditional and modern designs Creating a landscaping edge with this clean-cut fence, this idea is simple and striking. Cascading sections of the fence draw your eye towards the house to create a welcoming entryway.

Garden Fence Designs

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Garden fences are some of the most beautifully designed fences in the world!

The whimsical, playful, and eclectic elements they incorporate work flawlessly with the gorgeous vegetation they encapsulate.

Mix and match your wooden hues, shapes, and sizes to provide visually appealing structures amongst your beds with the help of these garden fence ideas. Even mix the types of materials as it is a great way to incorporate a gate into your fence design. Wood, concrete, iron, and brick all round out this eclectic fence and gateway into a country garden.

You can also use your fence to support a wide variety of climbers, hanging planters, and trailing varieties of blooming flowers.

Japanese Inspired Fences

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Combining simple, basic elements of plants, water, and rocks with clean, straight lines, Japanese-inspired fences do a great job blending modern and traditional design elements. These aesthetically pleasing fences work with the natural environment around them.

Not only do materials like bamboo offer the strength to stand up to the abuse of pets and other animals, but they can also be used to create an animal-friendly space. This small animal opening can be a great addition both for hobby farms and even in smaller homes with dogs and other pets to consider.

Stone carvings are traditionally found within simple Japanese gardens. Try adding stone-carved posts, instead of wooden or iron ones, to add a new level of depth and interest to your garden pathways.

Modern Design Takes

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Bright colors, sleek vinyl, interesting design patterns, and mixed media are all a part of modern fencing designs! Add a fun, free-spirited element to your property with a fence that features a pop of color!

Just because you have more traditional or natural designs in your landscape currently doesn’t mean you can’t use modern ideas. Instead, embrace the differences and see what they can do for you!

These fences work particularly well in urban settings, providing a stark contrast amongst street corners and concrete jungles. They also can add a touch of whimsy to garden walkways.

Smooth grains and varied wood stains are another modern design option that add an extra touch of detail. Rather than placing your fencing boards vertically, mix it up and opt for a horizontal look to draw the eye along the fence.  This is a great option for secure pool fencing.

Temporary Yard Fencing

green plastic safety fence with trees and water in the background
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While these fences may not be strong, their bright colors will deter people from entering certain locations. Use inexpensive wire paneling or chicken wire to help prop this type of temporary fencing up if you plan on using it for an extended amount of time.

No matter your need, temporary fencing materials generally come in a wide variety of choices either for one-time use or use through multiple situations. Choose what works best for you and pick materials that will last.

Chain and Wire Fencing Uses

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While many fences are decorative, when it comes down to it, the purpose of fences at their core is typically functional. Chain and wire fences are great functional fences that work for a variety of practical uses.

In rural areas that require something a little more persuasive than split rail fences, farmers and ranchers will create single or double lines of barbed wire to keep horses and cattle from grazing in the wrong areas. Fence mounts screw into existing timber to run a tangled free line along the tops of each boundary.

Chain link fences are a good go-to option for many businesses and parking lots. Of course, you can use this versatile fencing option in many different ways, in both urban and rural settings around the home or in public areas. Although alone they are not good choices for privacy, when woven with strips of vinyl you can create a solid privacy fence.

What Type of Fence Works For You?

Hopefully, this guide provided you with all the inspiration you need to create the best fence for your home. There are endless amounts of fence designs, materials, and layouts to choose from, these ideas only skimmed the surface! Which design will you go with?