There were no decisions to be made about what style style would look best with our Shaker style house. When we bought The Country House it came equipt with the most fabulous looking fence! It is a distinctive looking design with custom Spade shape pickets on it. The wood is Hemlock which greys out to the prettiest shade of weathered barn wood in a relatively short amount of time after installation.The bummer about this picket fence is that the deterioration happens like clockwork. Every Spring after the snow melts we discover some portion of the fence has failed and it needs to be rebuilt. This fence is definitely a case of form over function. What have we learned from The Country House’s Spade Picket Fence? As ugly as pressure treated wood is, we must use pressure treated posts on our next fence. And as pretty as natural wood fencing is, we will be staining the fence at our next house. No ifs ands or buts about it.But what color will we stain it? For us, it is no question. Black – or nearly black, like Benjamin Moore’s Black Forest Green – a dark background makes colors appear brighter. (This is totally why my website background is black. I know it’s hard to read the text, but the photos look so much better!) Back to fencing: Mother Nature is so amazing with the show she puts on during each change of season. Why wouldn’t we want to enhance our yard by installing a black stained fence?Ever since we made the deal on our New Old Stone House I have become obsessed with fencing. I am not kidding you, I have nearly driven off the road trying to get a glimpse of a good looking fence as I zoom by! (I do NOT recommend this to those of you at home.) There are so many different fence designs that can set the tone for a property. We’re currently having both a Crossbuck Fence as well as a Picket Fence priced out for the New Old Stone House. I understand the Crossbuck (while it looks great) comes in at nearly 2x’s the price of a simple picket. (Yikes!) A fence is a HUGE investment for a property, but we want to feel secure that Tauren Poodle isn’t going to run out in the middle of road. (Neither of us trust or feel good about an invisible fence.) Besides, a fence plain old looks good and elevates the aesthetics of a property. We’re hoping to stretch the scope of work on our home renovation as far as possible, so that means we’re looking to save money where we can. A stained Picket Fence might be where we end up! It’s not exactly the worst fate, you know? Especially if it means we can go forward with cobble stones at the end of the driveway and I can place cute little pumpkins on the fence post caps every Fall.Images: All the Black Fences are via a search on Pinterest or pinned on my personal Garden, Landscaping and Swimming Pools Board. The other images are my own.