You know what they say: good fences make good neighbors. Still, a boring privacy fence isn’t anyone’s friend. While a privacy fence can potentially raise the value of your home, especially if most of your neighbors have one, you’re not doing yourself any favors if yours is detracting from your home’s overall outdoor aesthetics.
Luckily, there are lots of ways to perk up staid fences—without replacing the whole shebang. In fact, privacy fences are practically begging for a little spiffing up, meaning you have tons of options for your fencing fix-up. Here are some ways to give yours a little upgrade—from the practical to the fanciful, and everywhere in between.
Add a Window
If you’re willing to compromise a little on the “privacy” aspect, an old window inserted into the fence adds a homey decorative twist to your outdoor decor. Or if you don’t feel like you should have to sacrifice your privacy just to get a new look, hang the window directly on top of the boards. Suspend a mason jar full of sunflowers to each side, and you’ll turn your boring old fence into a quirky and rustic art piece in no time.
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Let There Be Light
String lights, lanterns, mason jar luminarias—there are about as many ways to light up a fence as there are lighted accents. If you really want to go professional with your lighting, uplights positioned against a privacy fence are a great way to turn any boring surface into a genuine light show. And they look super luxe, too!
Plant Some Native Grasses
Sure, you could go with an ordinary old bushes, but if you’re looking for an addition that feels modern and hip, a selection of tall native grasses is the way to go. Landscaping around a fence adds some punch to boring wood backgrounds. The great thing about ornamental grasses is that you can pair two or three different species in varying heights to give your lawn a very polished and up-to-date feel. Plus, grasses are generally pretty easy to care for, especially if you’re careful to select plants that grow native to your area.
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Turn It Into a Vertical Garden
While any upright surface can easily be turned into a vertical garden, privacy fences make the perfect backdrop for long stretches of planters placed at alternating heights. Try using whimsical vessels for the planters, such as painted buckets, metal coffee cans, or even old teacups—their small size makes them a great choice for succulents!
Paint a Mural on It
Feel like flexing your artistic muscles? A custom mural personalizes your space and adds both a punch of color and, well, personality to your backyard. Even if you failed art class, you can still get a stylish a colorful update using stencils and bold hues. Just make sure to choose paint that’s rated for exterior use—you want your masterpiece to last for as long as possible.
With outdoor decor this beautiful, your fences may just make your neighbors jealous!
Bryn Huntpalmer lives in Austin, Texas where she currently works as editor-in-chief of Modernize with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.