Installing wood fencing on your property doesn’t just help to add privacy and security, it can also improve your property’s curb appeal. While there are many types of fencing to choose from, many homeowners decide to go with wood fencing due to its naturally beautiful look. Wood not only tends to look great, it compliments any type of landscape on the property. Even though wood fencing is a great choice when it comes to adding to your curb appeal, there are still a number of ways that you can further improve your wood fencing’s aesthetics once you’ve had it installed. The following are a few ideas that you can use as inspiration to improve the look of your wood fencing and to further boost your property’s curb appeal.
1. Painting or Staining the Wood
Painting your fence is an easy way to introduce some color to your property. Doing so is fine if you’re okay with getting rid of what made the fence look natural, but in a lot of cases painting the fence can give your property a more finished and balanced look. For example, white is a popular choice due to the fact that it often compliments newer homes. If you want to keep a natural look, you could stain the fence to make it look like a different species of wood. Staining your fence is a great way to make the wood look more exotic, especially if the wood you used for your fencing is a more common species of wood. In addition to helping to improve the look of your wood fence, painting and staining the wood can also help provide it with an extra layer of protection against the elements. Just don’t skimp on the quality of the paint or stain you use, otherwise you’ll find yourself having to re-paint and re-stain the fence on a regular basis.
2. Installing a Top Cap or Trim
To add a bit of visual depth and interest to your fence, install a top cap or trim. This small decorative accent can go a long way to giving your fence a more elegant appearance and also gives it more of a finished look. Not to mention that adding a top cap or trim will help to protect the endgrains of your fence, thereby making it feel sturdier and helping to increase its longevity.
3. Adding Post Caps
If you want to make your fence stand out a bit more, you can add decorative post caps. These fencing features are a great way to add a bit of timeless style to your property’s fencing. There are plenty of different types of post caps to choose from in order to create the look that best compliments your fence and property, from high point post caps and plateau post caps to wood post caps and ball post caps, to name a few. If you want to go the extra yard, then consider installing lighted post caps. Lighted post caps typically come with bases in wood or metal along with post caps that are made of either metal or glass. You’ll be able to choose from a number of different lighting features and colors in order to add ambiance to your home while also improving your property’s safety.
4. Adding Post Trim Bases
Post trim bases work in the same way that post caps work. You can choose the same style of post trim bases as the post caps you are using in order to create a more uniform look for your fence, or you can go with a different style in order to create an aesthetic that’s a little more eclectic. Post trim bases will help make your wood fencing look more finished and can be sized to perfectly fit your wood fence, no matter how big or small the posts are.
5. Adding Plant Hangers
Even if you add top caps and post caps, wood fencing can still appear to be a little flat. This is especially true if it surrounds a large, flat yard. To keep it from looking a little too monotonous, consider using decorative plant hangers. Adding plant hangers to your fence will help improve the visual depth of your fence and will break up some of the monotony without the need to make big changes. Plant hangers will also help make your fence blend into your natural surroundings, and they can also help to cover up blemishes on the fence itself. Just make sure that you don’t hang too many plant hangers in the same space on your fence – otherwise you may be putting too much stress on the fence, which could cause damage over time. Make sure you spread the plant hangers out evenly so that their weight doesn’t cause issues over time.
6. Adding Lattice Work
A lattice is an interlacing of wood strips that can be an excellent way to add texture to a somewhat flat looking wood surface. If you’re a little bored with the look of your wood fence, adding a lattice overlay will certainly add another visual dimension to it. It’s also a great way to encourage the growth of vines up your fence, which will not only add yet another element of visual depth, but will also help integrate your fence more with your natural surroundings.
If adding lattice work to your entire fence seems like a little overkill – especially if you like how your fence looks without it, you can consider adding a lattice work top. A lattice work top can be built on the top of your existing fence. Not only will a lattice work top help add visual interest to your fence without changing its appearance, it won’t obstruct light or air from coming through.
These are just a few ways that you can improve the look of your wood fencing in order to not only boost your property’s curb appeal, but also to appease your own personal style. For more information about installing wood fencing onto your property, be sure to contact us at Lone Star Fencing today.