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50 Fabulous front fence ideas

By Elise Hodge

Updated: December 16th, 2021

Create a lovely warm welcome to your home with a timber, aluminum or steel fence.

You can tell a lot by first impressions and when it comes to your property the front yard, and more so, the front fence is that very first look at a home. So it’s really important that your front fence looks great, is neat and well designed. But what look do you go for? Well, that’s why I’ve put together 50 of my favourite front fence ideas for all different types of homes.

Also, let’s not forget that front fences provide security for your home, give you a little privacy and mark the boundaries of your property. So, on one hand, you have design and the other hand you have functionality and there are many different finishes that can be used when choosing materials for your front fence.

Timber

Timber is a great finish as it is a great natural finish that will stay in fashion for years to come. Due to the natural finish of timber, you will find that it will most likely match all the other finishes on your property nicely.

Aluminium/Steel

Aluminium or steel is a great finish for a front fence as it is sturdy and requires little to no maintenance once it’s installed.

Stone

Stone is one of my favourite finishes for a front fence as it really has so much character especially when you use different shapes and colours of stone.

…and more! Check out these 50 front fence ideas to consider for your next build.

1. Modern front fence

First up we have this very modern and on-trend front fence! If I was looking at building a front fence, this is definitely a design that would be on the top of my wish list. I love the simplicity of the white render which is complemented with the wooden vertical slats. The letterbox is also very minimalist and streamlined which sits flush with the wall.

2. Horizontal and vertical

Here is another clever use of wooden fencing. The vertical slats show the area that is the ‘fence’ and the horizontal arrangement shows where the gate is so there is no confusion when you are driving up to this house. Timber will always be in fashion and will go with all your other design choices.

3. Fencing variations

This classic fencing style is a great design for when you want the security of a fence but also want to be able to see out of your yard! The grey concrete pillars match perfectly with the exterior of the house and the black steel fencing brings in a little creativity with the design, however, still keeps the fence nice and simple with its approach.

4. Welcoming white

Try white timber fence mixed with the decorative concrete blocks. This suite is a coastal home to a tee!

The white wood is simple and classic whilst the design of the blocks create interest and add something a little different. The gate can be finished off in the same white wood design as the fence which creates a very seamless design.

5. Privacy aluminium

This privacy fence is such a good idea if you’re still wanting to have glimpses of the outside through your fence! The aluminium has been placed in a diagonal angle, all going the same way which looks nice and modern as well as not only allowing for privacy but also a cheeky glimpse of people passing by.

If you’re looking for similar fencing, find a professional who can help guide you in the right direction when it comes to aluminium fencing.

6. Quaint country

This front fence is giving me all the quaint country vibes. The white picket fence looks oh so sweet paired with the grey accents as well as the cute red fence toppers. I especially love that beautiful flower tree which provides shade and a warm welcome to all your guests.

7. Minimal modern

The front fence can be an extension of the bold boxed shapes of the house. Experiment by having the side block look as if it wraps around the edge due to an innovative black mailbox design. The colour black can be carried across to the aluminium slatted part of the fence which brings the whole design together cohesively.

8. Classic white picket fence

This is the quintessential white picket fence to match this turn-of-the-century American cottage. The monochrome external paint carrying through to the fence has resulted in a very well put together home that has instant curb appeal.

If you want to revamp your curb appeal, you should definitely take a look at these front garden ideas as well.

9. Fancy street appeal

This fence provides a fantastic street appeal to everyone walking by. This fence design is very clever as you can look through it at some angles, whereas from other angles it looks as if it’s blocked out. Perfect for privacy!

10. Custom sandstone front fence

When you live on a hill, custom features are a must as items, like this sandstone, will need to be custom cut to suit the exact measurements of your property.

11. Subtle design

Try a side fence kept very simple to allow for a breeze to flow through. Have a subtle design of the gate with a step-like design running across it. The house number is bold against the white background.

12. Stone wall front fence

Due to the natural qualities of the finish, this wall would really age well as time goes on. I love the idea of a white wooden gate that is the perfect contrast against the rough stone. And the letterbox and house number area go very well with the gate.

13. Hardwood country style

Here is a typical hardwood country front fence which is another purposeful design that sets the boundaries of the property. I can just imagine this fence would be perfect for a house on acreage where you would like your property seen from the road, but also with the added security.

14. Vintage vibes

This sort of design would’ve been popular in the ’60s but creative fences are surely making a comeback! Try a vintage style letterbox that is so sweet and feminine. The front area is complemented by large bold greenery that goes well against the white.

15. Garden beds

Another way to spruce up your front fence is to add raised garden beds. The garden beds on this property consist of ground cover plants that work well with the statement trees. Well maintained greenery will always give any place a welcoming feel. The grey concrete along with the black steel slats are a match made in heaven with the garden beds!

Spring green garden in a wooden box under the sun's rays
Source: Shutterstock

16. Black aluminium

This black aluminium fence is simple, yet provides the added security that the property needs. The other elements of the entrance are quite scarce and minimal which makes the fence look neat. The electronic gate is a great idea to be able to easily drive your cars in and out of. There is really no fuss with this place!

17. Fresh cottage vibes

This is a modern take on a white picket fence. Get fresh cottage vibes with the low ground covering plants, white fence, and white rose bushes behind the fence. This fence idea is super simple but really stands out and packs a punch!

18. Vertical hardwood

Here is another great example of hardwood as a fence. This design really provides a lot of privacy and security as you can’t really see what’s beyond the hardwood. Add a letterbox that has a large round hole ready for a newspaper and a smaller hole ready for your letters!

If having privacy is something that is important to you, we actually have an entire article just on privacy fence ideas that you should look at as well.

Vertical wooden fence
Source: Shutterstock

19. White picket fence

How sweet is a white picket fence! The white picket fence is the perfect choice to compliment the grey house and white accents. It can have a neat garden that also serves as a fence.

20. Custom carved stainless steel

Wow, this is a design you don’t see every day! If you’re after something a little different and something that nobody else has, perhaps you need to get a custom carved stainless steel fence! The gated area is a more straight across style however it still has a creative design across it. And the side fence has an interesting curve in it as well as also featuring a similar design to the gate to create cohesiveness.

white fence
Source: Scott Webb on Unsplash

21. Matchy matchy

Oh, this property is just so sweet. If I was walking up to this house I would certainly be ‘Oooohing’ and ‘Aaaaahing’ with excitement at all the beauty! I love that the white picket fence perfectly matches the porch fence of the house which really brings the two areas together, even though they are so far away!

Front fence
Source: Orchard Cottage Leura

22. Modern render

I just love a modern render. This half front fence is just enough to contain the boundary of the house whilst still complimenting the rest of the building work. I love how the black roof slats have been incorporated into the front fence which looks great next to the white render. This is overall a very cohesive look!

Front fence
Source: Red Ink Homes Southwest

23. Pretty pastels

If you’re after something a little more colourful, then this is for you! On one side we have pretty pinks, oranges and blues which give a delicious pastel gelato look and then on the other side we have a white and grey look! Which one would you pick?

Front fence
Source: Chipin Away Constructions

24. Wooden character

This little wooden front fence has so much character! I love how the natural texture and pattern through the wooden slats has been preserved and is definitely a feature of this fence. There are darker pieces placed next to lighter pieces which work so well! If your property is on a hill, then varying the heights of your fence sides will also bring balance to the overall instalment.

Front fence
Source: Luke Collins Building

25. Grey stone fence

Here is another lovely stone fence! I love the fact even though the actual house build doesn’t incorporate any stone throughout the design, the stone has still been used as the fence portion. And it really works so well. Especially as the tones of the stone are in the same colour palette as the house. How very clever!

Front fence
Source: Hastie House

26. Hedge wall

If you don’t really want a traditional looking fence at the front of your property, how about trying a hedge wall? Hedges look so effective when done and maintained right. If your hedge is full enough, it will also provide security and privacy, just as a normal fence would.

hedge fence
Source: Tessa Wilson on Unsplash

27. Concrete and timber front fence

Rustic and purposely unfinished. This concrete and timber fence would work so well with a contemporary or urban style property. The unfinished look of the concrete has been purposely placed by the designer to give a very trendy look whilst the timber slats are uniform and finished nicely. What a clever and creative design!

28. Custom laser cut fence

Here’s another way to really customise your front entrance; a custom laser cut fence. When speaking to a laser cutter about your design, the options are really endless! I particularly love this yucca inspired design as when its shadow falls on the ground, it really looks like it could’ve been caused by a garden full of yuccas –how cool!

29. Breeze walls

Breezy, easy and trendy. These breeze walls are so in fashion right now! Its intricate design really brings in an interesting juxtaposition against the very plain and simple building. These walls provide security and privacy whilst also making a bold statement.

30. Two-tone

How great is this two-tone front fence! It’s nice to pair muted navy from the fence with the details of the houses columns, window borders and front door. Whilst a natural wood finish nicely compliments the exposed brick on the side of the house and stairway.

31. Minimal bold fence

Clean lines, white on white, minimalism and simplicity.  Make the front fence have the same white render as the house as well as the black side fence that matches perfectly with the house number. Also what a cool idea to turn your house number sideways!

32. Landscape design

This one is for plant lovers! If you want to incorporate plants into your front area, then look no further. Even if your house is on a slight hill, a front concrete planter can allow for a seamless meeting of the flat surface and the slanted pathway. The garden bed looks great in front of the main fence area which is spaced out just enough to be able to see through.

33. Classic brick

Classic and traditional. I know that rendering is all the rage right now but exposed brick fencing is just a classic that we can’t really ignore for its affordability. This brick fence installation is ever so neat and streamlined.

Long modern brown fence made of bricks and iron on the street in front of the road
Source: Shutterstock

34. Sophisticated black steel

Even with a narrow entrance, you can still create a very sophisticated look with your front fence! I love this black steel that is spaced out just the right amount and doesn’t intrude any views looking in or peering out. The black steel against surrounding greenery also gives off a very chic look.

black steel fence
Source: Shutterstock

35. Creative and feminine

Have little white flowers, circles and geometric patterns whilst the fence has more of a Moroccan feel, however still keeping with the theme of the gate. I could just imagine this little gate idea being the topic of conversation for guests visiting your place!

36. Something fancy

If you’re after something with a little more pizzazz than a plain wooden fence, then this design idea is for you! Try a black and white leaf design on either side of the gate which really frames the entrance nicely. The timber can also be finished off with a lacquer that makes all the slats look very uniform.

37. Half and half

This is for you if you’re wanting to still look out your fence and still have some privacy! By having a half concrete and half railing fence, you can enjoy privacy as well as still being able to see through to the outside world. I also love the pillars on either side of the gate that is a contemporary brick style and have been matched perfectly to the colour scheme.

38. Earthy and timeless

But what if I don’t want a fence all the way around my property? Well, I’m so glad you asked! A stand-alone stone instalment will do just the trick. An earthy and timeless piece not only defines the boundaries of your property (just as a fence would) but also doubles as a mailbox. How convenient!

39. Stone feature fall

Here is another great way to incorporate stone in your build, and this stone wall can be used as a feature between the two timber fence installations. It is also a great backdrop for a garden bed! The timber slats tend to match perfectly with the soil. And why not add a large timber handle on the gated entrance?

40. Vertical vibes

Try matching your front fence to your house! Varying widths can be been used to create a visual difference. The lower level of the house should feature timber that is the thinnest and most spread out, the upper level may have the thickest timber that is completely touching. Finally, the front fence is in between the two with shorter and longer pieces across the boundary.

41. Laser-cut character

A laser-cut design really adds a lot of personality. The other features can be very simple from the white concrete sections to the horizontal timber slats. You get glimpses of the warm and welcoming house through a laser-cut design!

42. Timber slats

Here’s another way you can use timber slats for your front fence! Use a deep red tone in the timber that matches perfectly with the light blue house paint behind. Add in a streamlined mailbox that is minimalistic and simple whilst not taking any attention away from the timber slats.

43. Bold block work

If the building work on your house is already bold, why not go for something similar at your front fence? Your place can have a large stone wall that also works as a backdrop for the front garden bed. And I love the idea of a large pillar that features an oversized house number!

44. Painted brick with steel infills

Have your front fence perfectly matches the monochrome colour palette of the house. You can have bricks that have been painted white to match the exterior walls of the house as well as the black steel infills which match the paintwork of your carport roof.

45. Greys and greenery

Why not add a front fence is made up of a gate that has the same colour as the house and a little hedge that sets the boundary of your place? I also love the idea of symmetrical gardens that are featured at the front of the property as well as on either side of the entrance of the house.

46. Cottage meets modern

Make your heart sing with this setup! With a monochromatic colour palette, your white cottage style house can go with the black modernised front fence addition.—a black picket fence! So often we see white picket fences, but why not switch it up by painting it black. So cool!

Even if you don’t like painting, why not look into fence staining as an alternative. It will still highlight the natural timber just not as bold.

47. Grand entrance

This entrance is just so grand and inviting. The front fence and gate area provides security as well as a welcoming entrance for guests. And I love the addition of the black steel fencing that has a subtle yet elegant design.

black steel fence
Source: Annie Spratt on Unsplash

48. Wrought iron

How cool is a wrought iron front fence! I can just imagine this place being somewhere in England with its vintage detail. Have three little hedges that line the sides of the driveway and welcome you into the area. The wrought iron parts of the fence also have hedges can be placed behind to provide another level of privacy.

Would you like a fence like this? Well, I can see why and you can easily get this as well by finding an iron fencing professional near you. Also, if you’d like to know how much does other style of fencing costs, such as chain link fencing etc., visit our updated chain link fencing installation costs.

49. Curved aluminium arch

This front fence idea would definitely fit right in somewhere in Tokyo! A curved aluminium arched entrance would make you feel like you are entering somewhat of a portal. And I love the way the border details of a gate to match with the arch perfectly.

50. White and stone

And last but not least is a lovely white and stone front fence—another execution on the white picket fence. And absolutely love the idea of a front pergola area that acts as a gatehouse. The stone is also a very nice touch that seamlessly joins the natural elements of the greenery to the more man-made elements like the fence.

So there we have it – 50 front fence ideas! Know that you have some fencing ideas, the next step is to look at fence installation. I especially love the white picket fences as they are just so idyllic and something I’d love to have at the front of my house. And I absolutely love the idea of bringing in natural elements like stone to create an organic feel. Which ones were your favourites? Leave a comment below and let me know!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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