How to Stylishly Add Privacy to Your Home’s Exteriors

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Even if you live in a relatively good and safe neighborhood, there are still plenty of benefits to prioritizing the privacy of your yard and your home. For one, you will feel safer letting your kids play outside even when you’re in the kitchen or doing some chores inside the house. This is important because outdoor play plays a significant role in our children’s development. It’s an incredibly convenient way to feel free and safe in your property and will allow you to focus more on the things you have to do.

There are plenty of ways to block your neighbors’ and outsiders’ view into your yard and your home, and it doesn’t have to look dull or drab. Here are some stylish ways to do add privacy to your home.

Wood fencing

wood fence

Having a reliable and sturdy wood fence installed will provide your home with privacy and security, keeping it away from unwanted animals, intruders, and trespassers. At the same time, it greatly enhances your residential property’s curb appeal. The best part about wooden fencing is that there is a wide array of designs and colors to choose from, which means it can match your home’s exteriors any which way.

Some examples of wood that can be used for this type of fencing involve cedar, which can last for three decades; pine, which is a bit darker and striking—perfect for homes that want to stand out; and redwood, which has a striking visual appeal and is known for resisting rot and pests.

Privacy panels

Another way to stylishly add privacy to your home is through wood panels, which can look wonderful alongside wood fences. It provides a “luxurious retreat” atmosphere to your yard since they’re reminiscent of privacy panels you find in tropical resorts and getaways—and they look particularly good with a lush landscape that has running water through it. The best part is that you can also play with these panels, and here are some ideas to make them more your style:

  • Add a rustic yet charming garden wall to incorporate a touch of whimsy to your yard. You can do this by adding flowers and painting your panel white.
  • Plant some hanging vines. If a simple privacy panel is too minimalist for you, adding greenery will give it a pop of color while still allowing light to come through.
  • But if you prefer things to be a bit simpler and more minimalist in your home, slat walls might be a more elegant option. Unlike wooden panels, they are made of smoother slats lined up very close to each other to allow for a lot of privacy.
  • If all else fails, go for a wall of leaves. It’s a simple and timeless way to add a layer of privacy to your yard.

Multipurpose panels

Another way to elegantly add privacy to your yard is by going for a multipurpose panel, which can be especially useful in yards and spaces on the smaller side. If your deck is very close to that of your neighbors’ deck, you can opt for a multipurpose cedar wall where you can incorporate some potted plants. You can also add a seating area if your yard is on the smaller side so that you’ll have more room for your family and guests during afternoon barbecues.

Maximizing a tree

If your yard has a massive tree that you can build a privacy structure around, it can add an element of personality and character to your home. Inspect if the tree needs some pruning to enhance and reveal its structural branches, and find out if you can build your fence or privacy structure around it so that it can rest elegantly on the structure. If you have neighbors with multiple-story homes, the tree and supporting structure will help keep your home and yard from prying eyes.

An elegant enclosure

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Another way to incorporate privacy into your yard is by building a three-wall structure and adding a seating area inside. It’s like a “room” with three or four walls, where you and your guests can sit by the fire on cozy and fluffy couches. To add some Incorporating a dark wood into your garden will add architectural interest in your yard, and surrounding the furniture with greenery and plants will also provide additional privacy in the enclosure.

Adding privacy to your home will not only keep you and your family safer; when done right, it can add to your home’s visual appeal too. Be smart and strategic about your privacy choices and watch them add value to your residential property.

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