Having a private relaxing space in your own home is tough nowadays especially if you have a well decorated yard which is why people opt for fences and privacy screens to make sure there are no unwanted glares at them.
Having a patio or pool in the yard draws too much attention as these add-ons increase the curb appeal and make everyone look at it, even if it is once. Still, this curiosity of passers-by or your neighbors can interrupt your private space and make your weekend far from relaxing.
Installing a privacy screen will keep your private space away from everyone’s glancing eyes. Here we have shared some outdoor screen fencing ideas to protect your privacy while you swim with your kids in the pool or enjoy the sunset on a rocking chair from your patio.
You can choose from several types of screens per your budget and the aesthetics of the yard you own.
- Metal screen
- Wood screen
- Vinyl Screen
- Living Plant Screen
Determine the Location of your Privacy Fence.
Privacy fences are meant to protect your private space from unwanted spectators. They can be installed anywhere from your fence to a pool, balcony, deck, patio, porch, etc. The type of fence would also change depending on the space you decide to install it on.
For example, if you need a screen for your patio, the best option is to go for a drape or curtain instead of a wooden screen. Similarly, if you need a screen for your swimming pool area, you can go for a metal laser-cut screen or a wooden fence based on your budget and the aesthetics of the area.
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Metal Screen Ideas
Metal screens aren’t similar to the typical ones you see; various shapes and designs are available; some are listed below to give you a rough idea.
Laser-Cut Metal Screen
This is a laser-cut metal screen you can use if you own a patio or deck, as it would save you from unwanted attention and would also give off an aesthetic vibe to the whole landscape. These types of fences are an excellent option to install near your pool if your yard is already protected from outer view.
But if you want an absolute view-blocking fence, you should consider other options, such as different laser-cut designs with minimal exposure, like the one listed right below this one.
Laser-Cut Metal Screen with a Wooden Base Fence
Laser-cut metal screen with a wooden base fence. This type of privacy screen would give you enough privacy and the advantage of peeking out quickly. It’s an ideal fence to install at the edge of your yard.
Wooden privacy screens and fences are the traditional and most common options.
3d Carved Wooden Screen
Instead of suffocating your space by covering it up entirely, go for such a 3d carved wooden screen as it is an excellent option to protect your deck from unwanted eyes. This would also allow you to feel the weather outside – hot sun or cool breeze.
Horizontal Wooden Fence
The subtle, simple, and most common wooden privacy fence is a horizontal one, as it is durable and looks basic yet classy; installing it won’t be much of a hassle.
Instead of depriving your porch of fresh air and sunlight due to a privacy fence, opt for something like that in the picture.
This type of horizontal fence is best suitable for your porch as it gives the required privacy, and you can also have access to the outside view from your porch.
Creepers Along the Fence
If you need a wooden fence but also care so deeply about the looks, then you must try growing some creepers against the privacy screen, it may take a few months to grow long enough to dangle on the fence, but the wait is worth it.
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Terracotta Pots on the Wooden Screen
If growing creepers is too much, then you can try this fence idea, just install some wooden or metal planks on the pre-installed screen and place some of your beautiful yet small pants on the planks. This would make it look classy and manageable.
Also, you’ll be able to change its look occasionally just by replacing the plants with another one. This type of fence is better installed on the edge of your garden.
Bamboo fences give off a more raw and unfinished vibe; this type of fence is best suitable for a farmhouse-themed place.
Vinyl screens are also on the list of most preferable vinyl screens; they look classy and blend in with any landscaping conditions. Consider this type of tilted slats in the fence to achieve optimum privacy with the option of ventilation. Also, this style won’t block small creatures from crossing the artificial boundary.
Horizontal Vinyl Screen
Or go for a primary horizontal screen for a basic and classy look. However, it may seem tedious, but you can give it a makeover by planting shrubs around it and using some other items to landscape, such as gravels, pebbles, clay or terracotta pots, lights, etc. Use whatever you feel is okay to adorn the walls.
Curtains and Drapes
Drapes and curtains are the easiest and budget-friendly way to create a private space.
If you have a patio, deck, or porch, you can definitely go for this.
Lightweight Curtain Around your Patio
Drape a lightweight curtain around your patio to have a covered patio with the perks of an open patio. Curtains won’t block the ventilation, lights, and view from your POV.
Heavy Drapes Around your Porch or Patio
Use heavy drapes to have a sleek look. You can use this look to cover your deck or patio.
Blinds aren’t new to anyone. You’ll have this in your homes to cover your windows; this can also be used to cover the open space of a patio or deck. However, they are opaque and provide enough privacy.
Living Plant Screen
Using plants as a screen is the most aesthetic stuff you can use to create a privacy fence. There are several ways to use plants for fences. Some of them are discussed here.
Get a frame wall with enough space to plant miniature plants in the frame wall to make it look like a nursery wall. You can keep changing its pattern and overall appearance by changing the plants.
Tumbled Glass wall
Try a different way out and use pieces of glass to create an artistic wall that not only looks but also provides you the privacy you’re trying to have.
You can use a single color of glasses or multi-colored glasses to give it a gradient effect.
Nature’s Green wall
Get yourself an iron framed fence like the above in the picture and plant creepers so they grow onto this frame and cover it entirely to create something as you see in the picture.
Ladder Privacy Fence
A wooden frame to help creepers grow onto it. The last one we shared included an iron frame which may rust after a while, you’ll need to take care of that, but a wooden one will last longer and would also go with the natural theme.
Though this looks good, it takes a lot of time to grow in order to provide optimum coverage.
Curtain of Nature
Or you can get a big frame for plants to grow up; this won’t only be sturdy but also beautiful. And you’ll have various options to change its look.
Keep changing the plants to make them look different every once in a while, or just plant some creepers to let them cover it up to create a curtain of nature.
Wooden Pots for Shrubs
If you need a cheaper option, then plant some plants on the edge or place some wooden pots for shrubs to grow in. This will create a natural fence. Though it won’t give you much privacy, you’ll have a private space to an extent.
Nature’s Privacy Fence
Or plant some long trees to have a natural screen with optimum privacy.
Frequently Asked Questions.
What are some of the fastest-growing plants for a privacy hedge?
Lilly pilly, Pittosporum, Bottlebrush, Ornamental Gold Bamboo, Mock Orange / Orange Jasmine, Photinia, Grevillea, Sweet Viburnum, Weeping Lilly Pilly, and Starry Night are some of the fastest-growing Australian plants you can go for a privacy hedge.
Do you need a permit to put up a privacy fence?
Well, every area has a building code that must be followed. You must check it with your local building department for zoning and regulation.