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BRIANA: Today’s trend comes to us from the HGTV Home Studio Home & Garden Headlines newsletter: Black fences. I’ve heard what you think about black walls, but what about these hot garden backdrops cropping up everywhere? Are they a great contrast for all the flora and fauna or too dark and dreary for the outdoors? Do you prefer fences of the white picket variety or are you ready to embrace this trend? Talk to me!

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Photo: The Landscape Architect Garden Design Consultancy via Gardenista

MARIANNE: I love the contrast of a deep charcoal fence against lush greenery. In fact I love the color combo so much we are contemplating painting our modern house in the woods almost black! The darker tones in this Brian Patrick Flynn design are my inspiration:

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KERI SANDERS: I fell in love with dark fences right about the time I saw this image of Dan Faires’ outdoor entertaining area:

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It may not be a fence, and it may not be black; but it’s pretty darn close. I think black fences are chic, especially in urban settings. Plus, they make the surrounding greenery look amazing!

KELLY SMITH TRIMBLE: I think black tends to blend into a lush landscape rather than show up against it. This fence gate (though it might be called dark gray) is a nice example. I like how it feels less intrusive of the path than a white gate would, so even though it serves the purpose of privacy, you feel more welcome to walk through to the other side.

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Similarly, the blue-black decking in this scene blends with the landscape rather than contrasting against it. I imagine it feels more natural in winter, too (unless there’s snow, though I don’t imagine there is much here).

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JESSICA: We’re sold [at HGTVGardens]! #shamelessplug

But no really, I’ve always loved dark walls, wood, furniture, etc., so fences aren’t too far off!

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The only thing I’d be worried about is it weathering and fading to a murky, icky brown-gray color (I guess that could happen with any color you choose, though).

LILI: Oh that’s cute, Jessica! I haven’t seen black picket fences before, just the horizontal ones like Briana’s and Keri’s. I dig it, though. (Garden pun intended.)

NANCY FIRE, Design Director of HGTV HOME: I LOVE dark fences as well, especially when they become pieces of art…graphic and clean. Nice garden drama!!

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Via: TLC Landscape & Pool Design on Pinterest

WATSON HAWKINS: While I don’t disagree with the dramatic contrast, I’m not sure I’d want a black fence. It’s not very aspirational — most folks aren’t picking up extra shifts to own a house with a black picket fence. Give me this look, especially in spring:

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KAYLA: There’s just something about a white fence.

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Via: JewelSugar on Pinterest

We’ve bickered about black fences, now tell us what YOU think:


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  5. Sharon says:

    Black AND white fences make a statement in the garden and serve as a backdrop for any plant material.

  6. jean says:

    What's wrong with WHITE?

  7. rosewood11 says:

    I can live with black/dark fences as long as they aren't accompanied by "yard shadows." Talk about tired!!!

  8. claireprideaux says:

    When I decided to paint my 6' plank fencing in my back garden black, I didn't know it was a thing. However, I was planning to split the garden with a picket fence and I thought black would recede, helping to keep the space bigger. Besides, I was putting in two black wrought iron gates to contain that portion of the garden. (It's the area that the dogs are allowed in and all the plants I don't want them destroying are out beyond the picket fencing along with a couple of seating areas.) I'll keep up the black color of the picket fence but plan to let the planking weather and grey out and I've covered it with unpainted lattice to support climbing roses and clematis. I couldn't be more pleased with the look and the roses look fabulous against the black.

  9. Rosewood11 says:

    I'm not against black fences–just no "yard shadows," people!!! Enough, already!!!

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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