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Wood & Rustic-Style Fence Ideas

A wood fence can add privacy and aesthetics to your home. With so many options in wood types and styles, the things you can do are endless. From traditional styles to rustic and weathered, we’ve gathered a list of ideas to appeal to every home.

Get inspired to improve your home’s curb appeal!

15 Wood and Rustic-Style Fences For Your Home

Traditional Split Fence

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One of the most traditional fence designs is the split rail fence. This classic 3-slat design can be found throughout the world being used as boundary markers and large animal control. They are common in more traditional farm settings. Rustic split wood weathers over time to give your fence a unique look. You can also plant bright flowers along your wood fence for a delightful contrast.

Living Fence

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Weathered split rails are bound together with live vines to create this living fencing option. Although this may take a few seasons to complete, it will be so worth it once this natural, elegant fence is complete. After constructing your main fence structure, use quick-growing perennial vines, like grapes, trumpet vines, and wisteria, which can be trained to take on the shape of anything you desire.

Wood Planks

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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.

Pieced Together Posts

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For a rustic, weathered-looking fence, piece together cut timber. It will provide the perfect support for climbing plants or you can use it as a primitive structure to hang planters, ornaments, and lighting from. While it may not provide the most structured barrier to keep pets or livestock contained, it is one of the simple wood fence designs that will add aesthetically to your yard, garden, or outdoor space

Colorfully Painted Wood

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Paint your fence a rainbow of colors to add a touch of fabulous! There are so many options to consider here: painting the entirety of the fence a rainbow of colors or just one color that best suits your home. Or, you can paint certain posts to add a tiny pop of color to your outdoor decor.

Privacy and Protection

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Closely placed fencing materials create satisfyingly clean lines, which not only look great but also provide excellent privacy. Despite being more contemporary and acceptable in most neighborhoods, it still provides a provincial view. For homeowners with dogs, this is a great solution for blocking any temptations from being seen, helping to reduce unnecessary barking when your pup is spending time outdoors.

Structured Barrier

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Using a slatted fencing design doesn’t mean your materials have to be placed flush against each other. On the contrary, it can look gothic and rustic to have the slats be separate. This design will create long shadows each afternoon by giving your fence materials room to breathe while still maintaining your fence’s functionality. It’s a beautiful way to create a structured barrier while still allowing yourself to enjoy the view beyond your property lines.

Cedar Fence Ideas

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.

Width Matters

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A unique way to make your fence stand out is to use wide planks. Wide planks create natural-looking separation and provide a simple backdrop to blooming flowers. Not to mention, the natural ability of cedar to repel insects can benefit your garden if the fence is near it.

Maintain Its Color

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One of the best things about cedar is its rich, red color! Cedar boards should keep their natural color with little to no maintenance required. To brighten the color of cedar boards, wash off the accumulated dust and dirt that can build up due to element exposure. You can also use a clear coat stain to seal the cedar, protecting it from the elements and holding onto the beautiful color even longer.

Primitive Options

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As with any wooden fence option, split rails and shaped posts can add a primitive element to your yard, making it look more natural as a whole. Add a wildflower mix to the unmanicured side of one of these fences to give your yard a country cottage feel.

Contemporary Choices

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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 Screens

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.

Layered Look

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Layering bamboo posts doesn’t only strengthen your fence, it also adds a textured, detailed look to it. Bamboo inconsistencies can make layered posts look even more natural and interesting.

Perfectly Placed

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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.

Narrow Spaces

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Bamboo can be purchased in a variety of widths. Smaller diameter canes, when placed together, create an interesting, unique design.

When used in conjunction with stronger post supports, heavy vining vegetation can be added for a pleasant touch of greenery.

Half the Height

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As mentioned, fencing doesn’t need to be used just for privacy. Simple half walls serve well as borders for placement along garden beds and walkways. Plus, when they are small and simple like the design above, they are extremely easy to build.

Fashion or Function?

A wood fence can serve many purposes! Whether giving you privacy from neighbors, keeping children and pets safe, etc. a wood fence can last for many many years. Keep in mind, however, the elements can contribute to decay so it is best to preserve and maintain your wood fence throughout the seasons.