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How to Create Privacy for Your Outdoor Space

Not fully enjoying your outdoor space because it lacks privacy? Check out these easy tips on creating privacy in your backyard, patio or balcony.Having an outdoor space is a huge advantage, but sometimes they can come with the unfortunate disadvantage of a lack of privacy. It can be hard to relax on your patio or balcony when you know your neighbors or passersby are able to see you.

Thankfully, there are some very easy ways to combat this issue. Whether you have a large backyard or a small balcony, the following ideas can help you create a stylish space with plenty of privacy. Many of them are also budget-friendly, so you can start enjoying your outdoor space right away.

If you are looking for ways to create privacy in your outdoor space, try these quick and easy ideas:

Outdoor Space Privacy Ideas


If you have the space, landscaping is one of the best ways to create privacy for a backyard. Full trees and thick hedges can do wonders in not only giving you the privacy you want, but also making your outdoor space generally look more beautiful and even increase your property value. Talk to a professional landscaper or expert at your local gardening resource to find out what would be the best choices for your specific situation.

Potted Plants

If you can’t alter your landscaping, potted plants can create a similar effect. Get tall plants with a wide reach, such as palm trees or topiaries, and place them wherever you need some privacy. Picking out the pots you put them in is a fun part of the process and can bring a lot of color and character to the space, too.


Curtains are another practical option that is perfect for small outdoor spaces that lack privacy, including apartment balconies. You can hang them up wherever you need them and they will even provide some shade from the sun. There are a variety of colors and patterns to choose from depending on what your style is. When you aren’t using them, they look beautiful pulled to the sides and make the space feel cozier and more inviting.


Decorative screens are an easy, portable solution for providing privacy to a space. You can find them at many décor retailers or secondhand at places like thrift stores and garage sales and customize them with paint and sealer to make them weather resistant.


A trellis is another space-saving solution. These wood installations come in a variety of sizes and can be as tall and wide as you need them. You can leave them bare, paint them in a color, hang plants on them, or even let a vine grow along them. There are a lot of ways to personalize them depending on your style and privacy needs.


If you have an outdoor space that neighbors can peer down into from a higher vantage point, umbrellas could be your best friends. Strategically place these around your patio or balcony to block your neighbors’ view, provide shade to your space, and add a nice stylish element to the decor. You can purchase large, stand-alone ones or mount them in the middle of specially made dining tables.

For more tips on making the exterior of your home look great, click here to watch Megan’s free Home Staging Webinar on the topic.

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