With suburban homes being built closer and closer, it's easy to feel like you are living a fishbowl. With houses being so close to each other, it can sometimes feel like you don't have privacy in your yard or patio.
Even though you probably adore your neighbour, there are times you'd prefer a little privacy and all the great outdoors has to offer. Here are a few screening ideas to help you maintain a little visual distance from your close neighbours without losing your view or feeling boxed in.
Outdoor privacy curtains
Other than keeping the sun and the neighbours out of view, outdoor curtains add a striking detail to your outdoor space.
Just like for windows at home, outdoor curtains add an elegant, flowing look to your space. They are perfect for days where you want to experience sunlight but not in a continuous manner, as they move in breezes, letting a little sunlight into a space.
Make sure to choose curtains made from an outdoor material that is fade- and mildew-resistant. Other great alternatives include inexpensive fabric shower curtains for your outdoor space, as they are mildew resistant, and you can always toss them out at the end of the season.
Bamboo privacy screens are sure to impress. However, although bamboo makes great natural privacy screens, it can be a lot of maintenance if you plant it in the ground, as it can spread out of control very quickly. You can plant your bamboo in large containers which you can be moved to provide privacy where needed.
Bamboo makes a light and airy, natural privacy screen, especially when used in an area that has a high exposure from neighbouring homes.
Louvred privacy screens
Overhead trellis for a decked outdoor space not only provides privacy but also protects you from the sun. Vertically oriented louvres around your outdoor space help create a feeling of enclosure that allows the sun to enter when it's directly overhead, while at the same time interrupting views from neighbouring homes.
If you prefer more shade and privacy to your outdoor area, pairing louvres and surrounding trees is a great way of doing so.
Translucent privacy panels
Frosted glass has been popping up in many suburban homes and for good reasons. Frosted glass is a highly effective material in blocking the views from the adjacent building without compromising on light.
Translucent glass panels make a great privacy screen, especially for outdoor living areas.