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!
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:
KERI SANDERS: I fell in love with dark fences right about the time I saw this image of Dan Faires’ outdoor entertaining area:
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.
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).
But no really, I’ve always loved dark walls, wood, furniture, etc., so fences aren’t too far off!
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.)
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:
We’ve bickered about black fences, now tell us what YOU think: