How to Add Privacy and Style to Your Home's Patio

When I bought my current home it was definitely what would be described as a fixer upper. I had to completely remodel the kitchen, which wasn't much more than a shell when I moved in, but I was on a tight budget. I started learning how to do the essential work that was involved, such as installing kitchen cabinets, replacing the sink, tiling and laying wood flooring, and I felt such a strong sense of accomplishment when the work was done and I had a beautiful kitchen for a fraction of the price it would have cost to pay a professional kitchen fitter. I started this blog to share what I learned and exchange tips with other home improvement enthusiasts. I hope you enjoy my blog.

How to Add Privacy and Style to Your Home's Patio

26 February 2018
 Categories: Home & Garden, Blog


You probably won't be able to enjoy your outdoor patio if you feel like you're always under the watchful eye of nosy neighbours, or if you can hear every word of a neighbour's conversation while you're outside. Adding some privacy to your patio can make it more enjoyable and more relaxing, and also allows you to bring some extra style to the space at the same time. Note a few quick tips on how to add both privacy and style to your outdoor seating area.

Hanging pots

If your patio has a pergola or other framed structure around it, consider using hanging pots to create a type of privacy wall. Opt for oversized pots that you can hang at different heights, so that they obscure the view without making the space seem busy and cluttered. You can even hang long troughs to use for planting your favourite herbs, which can add a nice aroma to the patio area and which you can also use for cooking!

Hedges

You may think of using hedges just around the borders of your yard, but these can also be a good choice for creating privacy around the patio. Choose boxwood, privet, or yew hedges for something you can trim into a very nice manicured, square shape. For a bit of colour, try purple beech or red robin, both of which have dark, wine-coloured leaves that can still be trimmed as needed.

Fountain

A stand-alone water feature can block both the prying eyes of your neighbours, and the sound of their conversations as well! Look for an outdoor fountain that is tall, like a privacy screen, and which plugs in to keep the water running. This is a great visual and sound feature on your patio, offering you something to look at while outside, while also creating a bit of background noise that easily obscures the sound coming from a neighbouring yard.

Privacy screen

A privacy screen can also block the view of a neighbour and any sound from their yard as well. You have many options for privacy screens, including actual fabric that is attached to a frame, a lattice wall, or louvers. Consider the flexibility you might want with a privacy screen; a lattice wall allows you to hang plants on the inside of the screen for added greenery, but louvers can be opened and closed as needed. This gives you maximum control over the light and fresh air you get into your patio space, and can also keep the area from looking walled-in and a bit claustrophobic.

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Creating A Kitchen You Love On A Budget

When I bought my current home it was definitely what would be described as a fixer upper. I had to completely remodel the kitchen, which wasn't much more than a shell when I moved in, but I was on a tight budget. I started learning how to do the essential work that was involved, such as installing kitchen cabinets, replacing the sink, tiling and laying wood flooring, and I felt such a strong sense of accomplishment when the work was done and I had a beautiful kitchen for a fraction of the price it would have cost to pay a professional kitchen fitter. I started this blog to share what I learned and exchange tips with other home improvement enthusiasts. I hope you enjoy my blog.

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