Of course, you want your home to be one of the most welcoming on the block. You’d like your neighbors to know that the welcome mat is more than just a place to wipe their feet; you want them to know you mean it. As inviting as your house may be, you still would like some privacy which often takes the form of a backyard fence. Here are a few creative fence ideas that can make it seem less like a barrier and even friendly and artistic.
Fences made of wood are pretty common and still provide opportunities for creativity. Consider using planks of various heights and/or shades of color to add a touch of uniqueness. Use boards going horizontal instead of the standard vertical. You can also customize your fence to fit your passions. For the artist, have the planks shaped with triangles at the top; paint the boards to look like crayons or colored pencils. For the musician, paint your fence boards white. Nail smaller, black planks spaced apart in twos and threes like the ebony keys of a piano keyboard.
If building your own fence, consider ways you can make it unique. There are many items you can use to create a fence without using the standard planks of wood. Repurpose doors, window shutters, skis or even surfboards to create the border. Give some thought to what you think might fit your home and neighborhood’s personality the best.
Not all fences have to be solid wood or other materials. You can create a sense of openness and warmth with simple additions or features. In a wood fence, drill holes sporadically in the wood panels; then, plug each hole with a colorful marble. To let even more light in, fit to measure spaces to hang stained-glass windows. You can often find them at craft fairs, online artists or galleries. If you’re truly ambitious, you can even make your own. What you may lose in privacy by a small window you gain in beauty.
You can create an art gallery out of your own backyard. Paint a portion of the fence with chalkboard paint and place a bucket or bin of chalk nearby. It’ll provide a new great outdoor artistic activity for your children. If you’d like something more permanent, devote a section of the fence to a mural. You can assign each member of your family a part of the fence to make their own mural so it’s a “gallery” that includes all your work. Or, make it more of a time capsule. Assign each family member one plank of wood. Have them paint their plank in a way that represents their year (or do one for every season of the year). It’ll be a great way for the whole family to remember and share stories.
However you decide to make your fence fit your family and home, remember the most important feature are working doors to let your loved ones in.