Mixing and Matching Fences the Right Way


fenceFences are always a great addition to any house, usually serving as background elements to a yard. It provides privacy and security, all while adding to the home’s aesthetic value. This does not mean, however, that it has to be plain and boring.

North and South Island-based fencing company Metal by Design shares that a true home is incomplete without a robust fence or gate. A white picket fence is not the only choice, though. With the right combination of designs, materials, and textures, you can mix and match different fence types that will surely make you a good neighbour. Not only will it be more affordable, the right fencing system will also add greater depth to your yard.

Mixing Different Styles

Local regulations may restrict fence heights and with it, the styles you can choose, especially for the front yard. To get around this, stick to the idea that front yard fences should allow visual access to the outdoor space, and that it should transition into a higher, more solid board for privacy.

Matching the Materials

Different materials and styles add character to the landscape as long as you give attention to the way varying elements are combined. Get it right by limiting the materials for fence construction, and match complementary ones. Wood and metal go great with each other, so does cast iron with chain links. You can also use the same material in different styles and textures.

Connecting the Home

Mirror materials found in your home’s exteriors in the fence or part of it. This establishes visual continuity, drawing the attention from the fence to the house. Do this by echoing the materials, colours, or finishes.  If you are going for a custom fence, give it a unifying effect by taking complementary, if not the same, details from the house and using it on the features of the fence.

Making the Transition

Changes in style are most noticeable at transition points, especially when the height or material changes. The line of the fence draws the eye; you can disrupt this and soften the transition by putting a tree or some shrubs near the transition point. This creates a focal point that draws the eyes away from the fence.

Just like the inside of your home, the exteriors should not be limited to classics. If the white picket fence is just not doing it for you, play with your imagination and find combinations that work.

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Kristie Brown
Kristie is a California-based fashion designer. Her profession helps her know all the inside scoops in the fashion and entertainment industry.