Whether you're looking to replace your current fence or to install a brand new one, a unique fence can add curb appeal to your yard and wow your neighbors. Most fences you see today are either wood or aluminum, and you can purchase a majority of the basic models at a home improvement store. Show your creativity by installing a fence with its own individual style.
To make your fence stand out, add color. Apply a single coat of paint in an unusual color, like red or purple. For a fence that blends in, use a darker color, such as brown. Show your love of family by giving your kids a wide range of paint colors and letting them loose on an old garden fence, or make the job a community project by inviting other children and the neighbors over to paint.
Mix It up
If you want a fence that reflects your style, mix it up. Solid boards, stained different colors, can create an individualistic picket fence. Add metal roofing materials between posts and rails for an industrial look, or weave fabric through a chain link or wire fence to create a basket effect. If your space is meant as a relaxing retreat, frame bamboo poles, placed flush against each other, to form your fence.
For an old-fashioned look, skip the modern fences and stack your fence. Create a dry-stacked stone wall, like the founding fathers did, or make modern-day posts for rails out of basic, red mortared brick.
If you're looking for privacy but don't want to have to install a fence to get it, create a fence-like structure with plants. Use tall plants in the background, such as high grasses to keep neighbors from looking inside your yard, or place evergreens or large fast-growing boxwood shrubs around your property to create a green, living fence.
To update your fence without replacing it, add swag. Fence swag refers to decorations and can include a wide range of items. Hang lights in the summer to create an outdoor space that you can use into the night, or place stars or flags on your fence to celebrate America's independence. Wintertime lends itself to greenery, such as evergreen boughs.
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