It's Decking Season!
We all enjoy spending summer days and nights outside in our yards or sprawled on patios. However, with smaller sections and two-storey houses it seems that our privacy from neighbours is being constantly diminished. There are a few clever ways of adding privacy to your deck or outdoor space that look great and are achievable on various budgets. Checkout our 5 top tips for creating your own personal retreat outside!
Outdoor Privacy Screens
Privacy screens are very on-trend and are available in a variety of different materials, styles and sizes. The great thing about these screens is that they’re less permanent than a fence and can generally be built without council approval. Depending on the setting, privacy screens should give just enough coverage for modesty but not too much to eliminate all the natural light.
Material choice is critical in ensuring the privacy screen fills form and function, careful consideration of the maintenance required and ensuring the material is durable so it will last, should form part of the buying process. The most popular choices at the moment are composite materials such as the Australian made ModWood, other popular materials include bamboo, pine, hardwood, recycled timber and even brushed metal.
Curtains are a great way of adding privacy and also shade to your decking area or backyard. Imagine sprawling out on a beautiful day bed with curtains gently ruffling in the breeze – bliss!
Look for options that can be moved or packed away when you don’t need them to ensure that they don’t become weathered.
Hanging Garden Walls
Hanging garden walls are very in vogue at the moment as they add life and style to a space. They do require some setup and maintenance, but purchasing ready-grown plants will save you some time and get you privacy sooner. You can even plant a vertical herb garden to save space!
Hedges have been a very traditional and attractive way of blocking out unwanted eyes. This is the most high-maintenance option because hedges need to be trimmed and can take a long time to grow. However, they are stunning and ideal for seclusion.
Tall Plants in Pots
Decorative pots come in all shapes and sizes and can be a great way to add colour and visual interest to your deck – as well as add privacy! Opt for bushy, tall plants to be featured inside them to minimise exposure as much as you would like.
There are many attractive ways that you can create your own private oasis outside for you and your family.
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