While you may be drawn to wood fencing because of its traditional look and durability, there's no need to settle for a boring wood fence. Plenty of accessories are available that can take your fence from bland to amazing. The following is a sampling of accessories and options on how to use them.
Post Toppers and Finials
Post toppers come in a variety of styles. You can get toppers that resemble traditional wrought-iron designs, such as solid or twisted spoke orbs. Copper finials are another popular option. These tend to come as flat caps or pyramids. If you prefer to stick with wood, there are toppers and finials in the above designs available in wood as well. For a more personalized look, consider some specialty toppers. For example, metal caps with horseshoes attached can lend your ranch-style home a more country flare, or you can get white-painted wrought-iron roses to highlight the posts.
Trellis screens serve several purposes. They break up a wall of fence so that you can see through while still maintaining some privacy. They can also be added to the top of existing fences to make them taller. Finally, they are decorative and they can support climbing plants. You can generally find traditional lattice screens made of cedar lathes or vinyl. There are also more ornate versions that consist of a wood frame that supports thin metal bars. The type you choose depends upon your design preference since they all work about equally for privacy and plant support.
Why leave your fence in the dark? Fence lights are generally solar powered, so there is no need to run electrical lines to the fence. The most simple variety consists of small downward-pointing dome lamps that you can install either near ground level to light a walkway near the fence, or higher up to provide accent lighting to the plants below. Another option combines post topper and light. These come in a variety of designs, from the traditional colonial lantern to the clean lines of a modern Japanese lantern.
Decorative hardware serves the dual purpose of design and function. For example, you can make a bold statement by opting for mission-style wrought-iron hinges and gate latches. Another option is to install peek-a-book windows in a gate, either plain, hinged to open, or with a small grate in them. Consider the over all look of your fence and home when choosing decorative hardware to ensure everything fits together well.
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