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5. Do you want to complement or contrast your home’s style? “Not everything is supposed to match or coordinate together,” Hreno says. “Sometimes the uniqueness of things makes each one stand out on their own.”Considering your home’s style doesn’t mean you have to imitate it. There are times that offering a contrast of color or design will open up a new “dialogue between things,” Hreno says. Contrasting materials can help each individual part stand out, making a statement with both house and fence design.Shown: On this contemporary farmhouse, the horizontal wooden fence reinforces the symmetrical balance of the home’s architecture, but the contrast between the wood and the white siding highlights both the fence and the siding.
3. Gates. Gates can be built into a fence to signal your visitors where to enter, or they can be added to an arbor for a charming effect. A well-placed and thoughtfully constructed gate sets off the entry while creating a bit of separation from the rest of the world. While not a necessity in most cases, gates provide a thoughtful transition from one space to another.Tip: Choose your gate hardware wisely — gate latches that are too difficult for visitors to easily open are frustrating, and leave family and friends waiting awkwardly on the sidewalk until you come to rescue them.More guides to fences and gates