Fencing the perimeter of your property is one of the most important jobs because it assures a higher level of security not just for you, but for your family pets as well. 'Bigger is better' actually rings true for fences but there are other ways to guarantee a good level of safety even without large, fancy borders.
Before installing, decide what you want the fence for. Some people are not so concerned about privacy but are more worried about security. Others want to keep wild animals out and some like how a defined perimeter impacts the aesthetics of real estate. Your idea will be the basis for what type of fence you'll end up choosing as well as what materials will be able to give life to the decision.
For decorative purposes
Picket fencing: Safe neighborhoods can afford to have houses fenced in with decorative fencing. An advantage of this type is that you can go all out with creativity. Take the example of a picket fence which is the classic decorative fence that still adds oodles of charm to any landscape even after all these years. A matching gate or a simple gazebo somewhere in the garden will perfectly complement its old world feel.
Wood rails: Simple wood rails supported by brick posts are another example of decorative fencing. Leave the rails and posts unpainted for a rustic feel and keep the height low.
Wrought iron panels: Add a touch of class with wrought iron fences separated by stone columns. This is what the houses of old had installed which not only looked great but offered some security to keep children and pets from straying out.
Packed stakes: Give no room for outsiders to peek in with packed stakes. Use wood or bamboo to tightly fit into a frame with not even an inch of space to compromise privacy. Set up the stakes end-on-end for a fence that guarantees privacy and looks great as well.
Wooden slats: Closely laid wooden slats can offer a lot of privacy. You can add to it by allowing vegetation like creepers to make their way across. This is a great way to create green space without compromising on privacy.
Security fences are typically more expensive and heavier than other types. They must be able to withstand some amount of force and must be constructed in such a way that they make it difficult for people to get through.
Plank fence: Similar to wooden slats, planked fences are tightly packed and leave little room to peer in. They're heavier, however, and only considerable force can make a break. Simplicity in form and construction creates a deceptively strong fence that may not look like much but is easy to build.
Stockade: Another classic, stockade fences have jagged tops that make climbing over them difficult. They resemble tall picket fences closely spaced to leave no gaps in between. For added protection, have the tops sawed to a very sharp point so that they also deter birds from roosting and messing your property.
Consult with a fencing contractor and let them know your exact needs. Go through their stock fences in case there's something you like. Specify custom jobs if none exist but choose a design only in consultation with the contractor. They may be able to recommend additional security features for a good price.