10 Modern Fence Ideas

Updated: Apr. 30, 2024

The right yard fencing on your property can make a real statement! Ideally, you want a backyard fence that both serves its function and complements your style. Here's a collection of fences in a variety of styles to get you thinking about what kind of fence you want in your own yard.

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Metal Fencing Ideas: Iron Fence

Wrought iron yard fencing (or an aluminum alternative) allow ventilation while also protecting your property. Metal fences have been around for centuries, are very durable and can be quite beautiful. Maintenance involves repainting periodically.

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Decorative Fence Ideas: Gabion Wall

A gabion wall is a retaining wire wall that’s filled with stones. With fences, builders usually combine it with wood posts or panels for a more striking effect. Choose beautiful stones like large cobblestones or local rocks to complement the landscape, and you’ll be amazed how good this fence can look (not to mention how sturdy it is).

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Decorative Fence Ideas: Climbers Wall Fence

A beautiful climbers-wall fence looks amazing both during the growing season and in the off-season. Thanks to the well-positioned latticework, this fence is perfect for supporting climbing flowers and vegetables. Keep in mind that climbing plants can get heavy, so make sure your fence is sturdy enough to support them.

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Modern Horizontal Fence: Black Horizontal Slats

Looking for a modern fence style that preserves privacy without stifling your yard? Consider black horizontal cedar slats. Not only does this fencing look great next to a lush green lawn, it’s also a good choice to match with modern architecture.

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Bamboo Fence
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Decorative Fence Ideas: Bamboo Fence

This natural bamboo fence uses full bamboo stalks lined up and framed with stained wood. A concrete base anchors the panels. Bamboo fences are beautiful, light weight and let enough light through to prevent too many dark shadows.The rich light green and straw colors of bamboo blend in well in any backyard, but especially if you have tropical plants and accessories.

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Fence Design Ideas: Solid Geometric Concrete

If you prefer super modern fences, consider a pure concrete fence for your backyard. There are many dazzling, high concrete fences used for both safety and beauty that you can look to for inspiration. Most often, the concrete is smooth and gray, with geometric gaps and lines for interest. The gaps also allow air and light to pass through. While you can pour a concrete slab yourself, a fence made of concrete panels will likely require some professional help. In case you’re looking for some affordable options, check out these cheap fence ideas.

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Cheap Backyard Fence: Repurposed Pallet Fence

You can do almost anything with pallets, including build fences! Your two options here are to use the pallets as whole pieces that you can bracket to the fence posts, which creates interesting yard fencing made of linked squares, or you can strip the pallets for their wood slats and use them as individual boards. Both options allow you to repurpose the wood and create a one-of-a-kind fence.

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Easy Fence Ideas: Horizontal Stained Planks

Most yard fences are constructed of vertical boards, but horizontal planks are an interesting alternative. The secret here is in choosing the width of the space between the planks. Modern fences are composed of horizontal planks with varying spaces between them, or varying widths of planks, for a visually pleasing result.

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Decorative Fence Ideas: Wood and Corrugated Metal Fence

Corrugated metal may feel like a strange choice for a landscaping fence, but we’ve seen some beautiful fences combining corrugated metal and wood. Typically, the corrugated metal is of high quality and often covered with a protective coating that makes it look more luxurious. The wood panels are rich and dark to help complement the metal.

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Simple Vinyl Fence
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Easy Fence Ideas: Simple Vinyl Fence

Sometimes simple is best. A DIY vinyl fence project offers affordable, light-weight durability, many different color options and easy setup once you have the posts installed.

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