Whether it’s for privacy, security or as a decorative feature, a well-designed fence can offer the perfect garden enhancement.
Fences are no longer used to only secure space or mark boundaries. These days, they have the power to make or break kerb appeal. Fences can add style and charm to any home. However, to truly complement your property’s existing architecture, it’s critical to consider your fence’s purpose, style and material choice.
From privacy solutions and highlighting landscape designs, the right fencing style can be the focal point of your frontage or backyard. There’s no one solution fits all. The best fence will match your own personal style and its surroundings. Here are a few garden fence ideas to inspire you:
Create Charm with Picket Fencing
Classic, timeless and elegant, white picket fencing adds instant charm to a home.
Picket fencing suits most housing styles but are typically found in traditional and heritage homes. Designs can be decorative or contemporary, depending on the home’s architectural features.
To minimise the annual paint jobs and maintenance, consider steel picket fencing with white powder coating (or another colour of your choice). This will offer a similar look, whilst ensuring your investment lasts longer without the need for constant maintenance.
Tip: For a modern-day appeal, upgraded picket fence styles are shaped slightly differently with minimalist construction.
Source: a recent rental property in Northcote also by Nelson Alexander Northcote
Modern Modular Fencing
If you’re after style on a budget, modular fencing may be an ideal option.
Modular fencing combines a fibre-cement outer skin with a lightweight core, usually made from polystyrene, which makes an attractive fencing feature with noise-reduction qualities.
Art Décor Influence
To play on the best characteristics of art décor homes, wrought-iron fencing styles provide an aesthetically pleasing combination.
Steel and aluminium materials can offer a cost-effective alternative to achieve the wrought-iron style, without the hefty price tag. Fencing designs, such as Sentinel or Classique, will add architectural detail to your home and complement the decorative elements, such as timber flooring, ceiling moulds and the wood panelling of art décor homes beautifully.
Because of the sturdiness of the materials used for this fencing style, they’re also effective for increasing security. Ornamental spikes can be added to the top of the fence for an elegant look as well as a burglar deterrent.
Aside from picket fencing, heritage properties also benefit from aluminium slat fencing.
The beauty of these fencing designs is flexibility. Aluminium slat fencing allows you to mimic the look of hardwood fences, without the upkeep and issues that come from timber and other hardwoods, like termites and rotting.
They can be designed to suit older heritage homes, reflecting the characterises of the house and warm appeal of hardwood. Aluminium, when powder-coated, is also tough enough to withstand harsh conditions and act as a quality security barrier between your home and the outside world.
Slat fencing is popular because of its privacy appeal too. Whether you choose horizontal or vertical slats, they provide a smart privacy solution as well as encouraging sunlight and airflow through the fence (without prying eyes). Full panels can also be installed to allow more privacy.
Infill fencing allows you to create fencing posts out of brick or cement and fill in the rest of the fence with hardwood or aluminium slats.
The appeal comes from mixing materials together to create a unique look. Combine tubular and slat infill fencing between brick or stone pillars for an earthy look or mix steel and brick for something a little edgier.
This fencing style works particularly well if your home already has a brick wall. Sections can be pulled down to replace the gaps with modern slats for a contemporary yet rustic and tough fencing solution.
Using glass for fencing gives homes a sleek, clean look.
Although glass is typically used for pool fencing, it’s beneficial in other areas of the garden or as a balcony feature for uninterrupted views. Choose from framed or frameless glass fencing or combine with stainless steel or powder coated aluminium for added detail.
If you love the appeal of glass but want more privacy, opt for frosted glass panels. They make a stylish garden feature and pair perfectly with rough wood frames and boards.
Source: a recent rental property in Bentleigh from Buxton Brighton
Decorative privacy screens are laser-cut to etch patterns into steel panels.
Such fencing styles can be personalised for an innovative charm, adding detail to any space. Etched designs may be minimal for more privacy or open the panels up with bolder engravings.
Green Wall Garden
You don’t have to limit your gardening to the ground. Green wall gardens are innovative, attractive and a major feature for yards. They also offer privacy by screening off views.
Take advantage of lattice fencing to grow climbing vines. Fast-growing plants, like clumping bamboo and other screening shrubs also make fantastic green wall gardens and help to breathe more life into outdoor living areas.
To complete your garden space, transform with paving and lighting to further accentuate the zone.
This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who recommends Fencemakers in Perth, Western Australia’s for a complete range of quality security fencing and gates installed by skilled fencing contractors. Catch Jayde on Google+.