Take a look at these garden fence ideas if you want stylish fences that will do a whole lot more than simply enclose your plot. They can be a great looking feature in their own right providing rustic charm, or creating contemporary style. And as well as marking the boundaries, fences can be used within the garden to create a smart divider between one zone of the space and another. Used this way they can make your plot look more interesting and even create the illusion that it’s larger than it really is as you get glimpses of other spaces without seeing the whole garden in one go.
So, if your fences are looking dated, dull or dilapidated, or if you like the idea of letting more light in without compromising privacy, you’ll want to check out these garden fence ideas. Read on for inspiration.
1. Go vertical for a modern update
Many traditional garden fences are a series of uprights, but if you want a contemporary look, swap to a design that majors in horizontal lines. Not only will it give your plot an instant update, but it can also create the illusion of a wider or longer space as the eye is drawn along the horizontals so it’s a great idea for small gardens. These are from Wickes.
2. Make it decorative
Growing plants up a fence takes time, but adding organic pattern as part of the structure can create an instant and durable feature. This fence, from B&Q, would work on a boundary or between different areas of the garden with the decorative panel allowing glimpses through for a new view of planting beyond the fence without surrendering privacy.
3. Try a fence of lights
Fences don’t have to be solid – particularly if they’re garden dividers rather than there to stop the dog getting out and the neighbours encroaching on your turf. Follow the lead of this design which combines shepherd’s hooks that you put into the ground with festoon lights, both Lights4fun. They’re ideal alongside a path, as here, but would look just as good as a divider for an alfresco dining area, creating a magical ambience as night slowly falls.
4. Swap to metal fencing
Wrought iron railings can complement an older property, but there are less period style metal designs available, too. These panels from Permafence are made from Plastisol coated zinc for a coloured finish that will last. Pick from black, white, dark oak and buttermilk cream, as well as goosewing grey, merlin grey and olive green. If you want to let more light into your plot, take a lead from this garden and incorporate lattice panels into your fence design.
5. Create intimacy with a dark shade
If you’re going to use an area of your garden for entertaining after dark, why not paint the fence in a dark hue? It’ll make the zone far more intimate and cocooning – just like a snug inside your house. Stick to furniture in a lighter finish, though, so it stands out against your dark backdrop. This fence is finished in Fence Life Plus in Charcoal Grey from Ronseal.
6. Work with colour
Fences don’t have to be a single colour, and painting one in blocks of different hues in the same way you might treat a wall indoors can add interest to your garden’s vertical surfaces. Here, toning shades of Superdec in (from top) Bleached Rose, Gingerbread, and Sandbank, all from Sadolin have been used to create the horizontal blocks. The look’s eye-catching, but they’re earthy tones and complement the outdoor situation beautifully. You could get the same smart but organic effect with shades of green, too
7. Screen with pattern
Whether it’s to divide different outdoor rooms, obscure a less than lovely feature, or even for a boundary of the garden that isn’t overlooked by a neighbour, a screen is a top fencing idea. You’ll find both abstract patterns and naturally themed designs on offer, but we like the way this foliage design draws the eye upward. The Leaf Panel screens are laser cut from aluminium for lasting good looks, Harrod Horticultural.
8. Boost privacy
If there’s too much on show between you and next door, reed screening can provide the concealment you need in a hurry. You can use it as a cover for chain link fencing or attach it to fence uprights with ties or staples. It can be a great solution for patios with too much direct sun, too, providing welcome shade. This reed garden screening is from Wickes.
9. Divide with trellis
Choose trellis and you can design the level of privacy to suit. Trellis will add an attractive divider if you leave it as it is, and let light through from one area to another. Alternatively, you can maximise its potential as a screen by growing a climber from top to bottom. Using planters to add greenery to half height so you’re not on show to the neighbours when you’re sitting at a table or on a lounger is another option. We love this Versatile Lounger & Corner Set from Cox & Cox.
10. Introduce curves
Think about bringing in different lines with your fencing. A curved finish can look softer than a design that’s straight across the top, and can look sympathetic to a country-style garden. This design, from Homebase, has a lattice finish to let in a little more light through the top, too, and is made from FSC certified wood.
11. Mix your materials for a bespoke look
Try materials and shapes that break from the norm for a screen for a seating or dining zone to add decorative interest to the garden. This one features glass panels, which bring in texture but still permit light to come through as well as snapshotting the views. If you’re a keen entertainer, meanwhile, you could think about putting up a shelf-style structure using timber or sleepers instead. That way, it can be used as surface to set down glasses while people are socialising, or for plants in pots.