Ornamental Fence Designs for Every Style and Taste

March 31, 2024

When you’re searching for the perfect fence for your yard, pool, or recreational area, the amount of options--and the pros and cons that come with each-- can be overwhelming. Do you prioritize safety, look, or price? Do you go for a sleek, modern look, or a more traditional Victorian one? The good news is that it doesn’t matter how complex your preferences may be--there’s a fencing option for you! Here are a few designs you might want to consider for your home.

First, Consider Material.

The material the fence is made from can go a long way to completing your fence’s style, and is arguably the most important decision to make regarding your future fence. Different materials can create different aesthetics, make or break your budget, and promote higher levels of security. For example, wood fences tend to promote a more rustic and romantic style, whereas wrought iron presents a sense of upper-class minimalism. The classic picket fence emphasizes feelings of family contentment, while tall, spear-headed fences communicate that you are serious about protecting your property--and your fence is only your first step. If you want the vibe of wrought iron but are working on a budget, aluminum may be a more affordable alternative.

Then, Look at Design.


If you have a bold, complex, eye-catching modern house, an equally complex or traditional fence style will only serve to over-clutter the eye and draw attention away from your home. In this case, having a simple, minimalistic fence style will help to focus the curbside eye on the home itself. Additionally, the minimalist style has been popular and admirable in recent years, and this trend is likely to continue into the future. A fence composed of simple black material and straight, vertical bars is an excellent, simplistic solution to your fence predicament.


Modern fence designs may be more expensive and complicated, but they are worth it for the sense of class and professionalism that they provide for those who view it. Modern fences are often composed of bold colors and abstract shapes that sometimes appear to be an intense combination of traditional and minimalistic fence designs. They can be made from any material, and often enhance the features of more modern, minimalistic houses.


Rustic fences, depending on the market, are often going to be some of the cheaper fence designs one can go with. Although often less secure than other types of fences, these designs offer a style that no other type of fence can. If you are seeking out a comfortable, homey farmhouse vibe, rustic fences are by far the way to go. The majority of them are made of wood, sometimes painted with soft or dark colors, and may be either simplistic and straight or enhanced with delicate carvings. Many rustic fences that carry a historic vibe pair best with old, historical or Victorian homes, and often seek to mimic the architecture of the home itself.


Latticework fences naturally have a charming quality that few other fences can offer; not to mention, they’re pretty multi- functional. Similar to chain-link fences but with a more upscale feel, they are not the safest option for fences, as they are easily scalable. However, with a lattice fence, you can grow flowers and other plants across the fence, potentially creating a thick, naturalistic barrier that provides a sense of cool, comfortable privacy while also helping the environment. They can also be used to hang items or string up lights, creating a welcoming, social atmosphere to the home.


At the end of the day, you just can’t go wrong with a classic picket fence style. A properly-installed picket fence will be difficult to breach while also adding a welcoming, family-centered feel to the neighborhood. Picket fences additionally pair well with almost any style or color of house, and it’s no wonder why this style of fence has a reputation for being America’s favorite.


While actual fences from the Victorian area were often simplistic and understated in order to emphasize the unique qualities of the homes, modern Victorian-style fences often seek to mimic the qualities of Victorian architecture. These may include fences made from either wood or wrought iron that contain bold colors and intricately carved patterns, and may have tops that are carved into spears or fleur-de-lis. They pair well with historical, Victorian-style homes, and can serve to bring a strong, fortress-esque feeling to your home.


At the end of the day, if no other style suffices to meet your needs, almost any fencing company can create a custom-designed fence for your home out of nearly any material. Feel free to request a custom fence and work closely with your fencing company in order to determine exactly the style that will best compliment your house. Browse online for ideas, or ask your company for inspiration.In conclusion, no matter what type of fence you’re looking for in terms of style, material, vibe, and color, there are options that fit the needs of every household. However, before you fall in love with a fence, there are a few important things to keep in mind. Always pay attention to local bylawsand HOA restrictions before purchasing and installing your fence. Otherwise, you may be facing unexpected fines, fees, and charges, or might even be required to completely remove your new fence altogether! Finally, it is important to purchase a fence only from a professional fence manufacturer and installation company, as they will both be insured and also know how to properly install the fence. Retail stores, by contrast, will only be able to sell you the product, and may not be properly trained in fence installation. Looking for pros to help you choose and install your new fence? Give us a call.

About Rio Grande Fence

Rio Grande Fence has been providing excellence to the Tri-State area for over 57 years. Our service area includes Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia. Our fencing projects can be seen in residential homes throughout the Tri-State area, as well as commercial businesses such as the University Of Kentucky and Cincinnati Airport. We are proud members of the Better Business Bureau, The Associated General Contractors, the Home Builders Association of Lexington, and the American Fence Association. Rio Grande Fence provides the fence installation Lexington KY trusts including quality wood fence, vinyl fence, aluminum fence, chain link fence, ornamental fence, privacy fence, decorative fence, pool fence, gates and gate operators. Learn More.