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Top 5 Ways to Add Privacy to Your Outdoor Space

Want to add privacy to your outdoor space? Read on to discover the top 5 ways you can create your own outdoor oasis.

August 08, 2023

Privacy is generally considered a fundamental aspect of most outdoor spaces, as it allows you to create an extension of your indoor living areas that is equally comfortable and intimate. However, turning your outdoor areas into a private oasis can become challenging when dealing with nearby neighbours and visible sight lines.

In this article, we'll explore five effective ways to add privacy to your outdoor space, ensuring that it feels just as comfortable and secluded as your indoor spaces.

1. Fencing

Fencing is often the go-to solution for adding privacy to a large space. In addition to privacy, fencing can enhance the aesthetics of your outdoor space and help define its boundaries.

Solid or semi-solid fencing options, such as board-on-board or shadowbox designs, provide the most privacy. These styles feature overlapping boards that limit visibility from the outside, ensuring a secluded atmosphere for your backyard or sitting area.

To determine if fencing is right for you, consider factors like desired level of privacy, budget, maintenance requirements, and local regulations. Consulting with a professional can provide valuable insights and help you choose a great fencing option, like Trex composite fencing®, to meet your privacy goals and complement your outdoor design.

2. Privacy Screens

Privacy screens are a versatile and effective way to add privacy to your outdoor space by creating a decorative visual barrier, blocking a passerby’s line of sight.

Privacy screens are typically made of various materials like wood, metal, or composite, and they can be freestanding or installed on existing structures like fences or pergolas. Trex® Privacy™ offers a variety of privacy screens ideal for shielding seating areas, hot tubs, or dining spaces from prying eyes.

3. Pergola

Trex® Pergola™ is a freestanding or attached outdoor structure consisting of vertical posts and an open roof framework. While pergolas are commonly used to provide shade, they can also be an excellent option for adding privacy.

You can enhance the privacy of your pergola by:

  • Adding outdoor curtains or retractable shades, like a ShadeTree, for extra coverage
  • Growing climbing vines such as jasmine or wisteria to create natural screening
  • Installing a trellis on one or more sides

Pergolas can be customised to match your style preferences and outdoor design. However, it's important to note that some types of pergolas do not provide complete privacy or protection from the elements, as they have an open roof structure. Consider adding roof shades or a ShadeFlex canopy for additional privacy.

4. Cladding Wall

A cladding wall is a wall constructed or covered with materials specifically chosen to provide seclusion and block the view from the outside. Trex® Cladding™ walls can be standalone structures or integrated into existing walls or fences.

Cladding walls provide a high level of privacy since they completely or partially obscure the outside view. Cladding walls can also help reduce noise, enhancing comfort levels in your outdoor area.

Customising your cladding wall can make it even more unique and tailored to your needs. Consider incorporating design elements like integrated lighting, decorative patterns, or contrasting materials.

5. Green Living Screens

Trees, plants, and shrubs offer a stunning and natural privacy screen while creating a captivating backdrop for your outdoor space. These green elements require time to grow and flourish but provide benefits beyond privacy. They offer shade and cooling effects, improve air quality, reduce noise pollution, and attract wildlife.

To plan and complete a green living screen project:

  • Assess your privacy needs, available space, and sunlight exposure
  • Research suitable plant species that thrive in your climate
  • Consult with local nurseries or landscapers for expert advice
  • Follow proper planting techniques and provide regular care
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Transform Your Outdoor Space with Trex’s Privacy Solutions

By adding privacy to your outdoor space, you can create an extension of your home that is both tranquil and welcoming. There are many options available to help you achieve the level of privacy you want, including fencing, privacy screens, pergolas, cladding walls, and trees.

Consider Trex's range of outdoor living products for innovative solutions to help you achieve your privacy goals. If you’re not sure where to start, find inspiration with our Composite Fencing Ideas Gallery.