Whether you love your neighbors or not, we all need a little privacy in our yards from time to time. We host parties, sunbathe, take naps, and eat romantic meals under the stars, all on our lawns and patios. Be inspired by the privacy solutions below. You’re already one step closer to achieving your tranquil, secluded at-home paradise.
Ideas for Making Your Yard More Private
1. MOBILE PRIVACY SCREEN
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You can purchase these or set out on a DIY project today. It’s up to you, but mobile privacy screens are fantastic, especially if you have several places in your yard that you turn to for relaxation. Carry this screen with your wherever you go!
2. WALL ART: GARDEN STYLE
Vertical gardens are gorgeous, and they’ll give you “your own space” in a very elegant way. Use vines and other climbing, flowering plants to keep your yard yours and their yard theirs.
3. FLOATING PLANTER WALL
Follow a DIY how-to guide, and make your own floating planter wall. You could make yours taller or wider, depending on your privacy needs. These are wonderful for storing fresh herbs and adding some more green elements to your outdoor lawn or patio. It’s a multi-purpose jewel!
4. WOODEN BLINDS & FABRIC
If your yard includes a pergola or similar structure, consider bringing in blinds and ceiling fabric for a bohemian style and ample seclusion. Open it all up if you’re in the mood for exposure, or hide away with a few simple twists and tugs. Add lamps for ambiance!
5. ALL TUCKED AWAY
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Your entire yard doesn’t have to be blocked off. Choose a corner for your rest and relaxation. Then plant tall fast-growing trees in the area, and consider adding a few more of the elements we’re discussing now in this 21-Ways list.
6. OFF THE RAILS
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Instead of traditional fencing, try some metal railing for a sleek, modern look. Light still falls through the rails, but your privacy remains intact. We love the gray color scheme above. Consider matching the furniture with your railing or vice versa. Add pops of color throughout your sitting area and yard.
7. BAMBOO BARRIER
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You’ll have to manage this plant, of course, but it is beautifully bright green and even serves as a noise barrier. Bamboo is a little more exotic than regular hedges, so if you’re looking for that kind of effect, it’s a vibrant option.
8. KEEP OUT CURTAINS
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Curtains are a rather quick-fix, and they’re airy and elegant. Somehow, you can completely close off your pergola or covered patio and still feel very much outdoors. The gentle breeze blowing in the evenings gives a gorgeous wave-like, romantic feel to your space. Best of all, it’s instant privacy wherever you need it!
9. LOVELY ARBORS
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What a perfect private nook for your yard! You can follow a how-to guide and build your own arbor with built-in benches. Add plants for a hidden retreat you’ll keep coming back to.
10. WATER WHITE NOISE
Add fountains, cascades, and/or small waterfalls to your yard. Privacy isn’t all about what we see; it’s about what we hear as well. So, keep your conversations to yourself. Use water for a natural element and practical white noise.
11. CUSTOM METAL PRIVACY SCREENS
These almost look like pieces of art, right? Well, they are. You’ll be hard-pressed to find stationary screens like these in neighboring yards. If you’re looking to conceal and inspire, then custom metal screens with your own design could be absolutely perfect for your space.
12. YARD SCULPTURES & TOTEMS
If you’re an artist or know such a craftsman (or woman), then think about several taller sculptures or totems for your yard. These are also great if you’re looking to add color outdoors but you don’t really have the green thumb necessary for flowering plants. Double duty! They interesting to stare at, and they’ll contribute to your sequestered lawn.
13. HEDGE HEAVEN
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Plant hedges for a green, natural fence line. Keep them neat and tidy, and you’ll enjoy the lush privacy they afford you and your loved ones. These are timeless!
14. LARGE FIREPLACES
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A large fireplace with accompanying rockwork might be exactly what you’re thinking about. Go for it! Stay warm and cozy with your significant other, and keep the neighbors away as you get close.
15. PLANT PRIVACY TREES
When you’re selecting trees for privacy, consider the ones that will grow the fastest. Poplars, Cypresses, Willow hybrids, and Thuja Green Giants are good choices. Soon, you’ll have a lovely wall of trees lining your property or portions of it.
16. POPULAR PERGOLAS
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Pergolas are a hit right now, and there’s a reason. They’re perfect for hanging plants, curtains, blinds, vines and climbers, and string lights. They also provide overhead privacy, and they define parts of your yard that may be designated for lounging or dining.
17. MIX ‘N’ MATCH
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Don’t feel like you have to select only one of these 21 ways for your privacy needs. Your yard can benefit from multiple solutions: fencing, lattice, trees, flowering plants, sculptures, and more!
18. TRELLIS TREATMENT
Use some container boxes and trellises to grow yourself a leafy, dreamy, floral wall. Choose your favorite climber, and paint your containers and trellis bars a bright color. You won’t be disappointed. You can also move these should you ever decide to rearrange.
19. FENCES MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS
Robert Frost said it first. Sometimes, a fence is still the ideal way to define your yard and keep it yours alone. We’ve used them for years, so don’t be afraid of them now. There are some really trendy, stylish options out there, so chainlink or wood doesn’t have to be your answer. Recycled material and metal varieties exist. Check them out!
If you’re an artist yourself or if you want to get the kiddos involved in a project they’ll remember forever, try a mural wall in your yard. You’ll get privacy and some pretty precious handiwork to look at for years to come.
21. POGGESI UMBRELLAS
Privacy can be an issue from every angle, so block that bird’s eye view for maximum comfort and ease with a uniquely designed Poggesi residential patio umbrella. You’ll have a secluded getaway in your yard under this fine, Italian-crafted canopy.