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Going Beyond The White Picket Fence-- Spice Up Your Yard With These Non-Traditional Colors

by Celina Simpson

There is something special about a white picket fence. This classic piece of Americana will bring a friendly, traditional look to any home. However, that isn't the look that everyone is going for. If you are looking for something a little different, try one of these options instead.

Natural Wood

If you don't want to go too far off the beaten path, try going for the natural look. Finished wood is one way to go, as this will also maintain a "refined" polish to your fence. Maintenance will be similar to a painted fence-- just clean and refinish every few years and you should be good to go. You should also have similar choices in materials. Because the wood is sealed, you will be able to use the same range of woods that will work well for a painted fence. However, you need to be a bit more discerning about your choice, since the grain will be visible. If maintenance isn't your thing, you can even go with a composite fence that uses a simulated wood grain finish.

Going with an unfinished wood is a bit less common, but is a great choice if you are looking for a natural beauty. There are some types of wood that can withstand the wear and tear of bugs, rain, and sunlight for decades without the assistance of an outer coat of paint or varnish. If you include pressure treated woods in your search, your options will expand even further. You can even get that natural look with a completely sustainable product, like bamboo, if you want to go this route but have concerns about cutting down trees to make your fence.

Matching Your Trim

When going with unusual colors, the sky is technically the limit. That doesn't mean that having a brightly painted fence that doesn't match anything else in your yard is a good idea. It will make it especially difficult to sell, much less get your plans past the local homeowner's association. A wood fence can be repainted before sale, but vinyl fencing is very difficult to repaint. Think very carefully before you go down that road.

If you want something that will stand out without pushing those boundaries, consider a color that closely matches the trim on the house. This will allow you to push your color choices without going too far. Because of the matching colors, the fence won't look so out of place. The theory is the same as decorating inside the house-- a bright color won't look out of place if it is used in several different places.

Dark Gray or Brown

There is a final option that will give your yard a sophisticated look without using the classic white. Grays and browns are great choices for any outdoor accessory, and fences are no exception. In particular, you are looking for shades that are similar to the natural materials around your home, and dark colors are generally best.

There is ample opportunity to make this into a fun family project. Each area has its own unique range of colors found in nature. Visiting local parks and trails and collecting up little bits of dirt (small plastic bags or capturing granules between pieces of tape will minimize the mess), stones, leaves and even flowers can help you and your children explore the natural colors of your area. Bring your favorites with you when picking out fence colors to ensure that the shade you choose will work with the rest of the colors in your area.

There is nothing wrong with a white picket fence, but it isn't the only option available to you. Since this is something that you will have to live with for years, you should at least consider some other options. Using a little creativity, you can create a fence that makes your yard into something truly special.