Outdoor living spaces are an important part of many Australian homes. They're often considered an extension of the interior living space and are used for dining, socialising and relaxing. However, if you live in a densely populated area, you might feel that your outdoor living area lacks privacy, which makes it less than ideal.
Fortunately, it's possible to create a more secluded and private space by using specially designed privacy products. Here are three simple, cost-effective and attractive ways to increase the privacy level of your home's outdoor space.
1. Add a privacy screen
Privacy screens are fixed panels that can be added to your deck, patio or balcony. They're generally made from either timber or aluminium and come in a range of different colours. They make a practical and architecturally attractive addition to an outdoor living space.
Privacy screens have slats which stretch across the width of the panel. They provide privacy without completely blocking out light and breezes. The slats can be fixed, or they can be louvres. Louvres give you greater control over privacy but are a little more expensive than fixed slats.
2. Add a vertical garden
Vertical gardens are an increasingly popular addition to Australian homes. Initially, they were designed for use in gardens that didn't have the necessary space for a traditional garden, but they're now finding popularity as an effective, living privacy screen.
Vertical gardens are available from most hardware stores or garden centres, and they can also be bought online. They are generally made from a timber or metal frame that a small series of pots can be hung on. You can fill them with a variety of different plants, including herbs, succulents and flowers.
3. Add an outdoor blind
Outdoor blinds operate in the same way as indoor blinds, using a rolling mechanism to open and close. However, outdoor blinds are made from more heavy-duty materials that are designed to withstand exposure to wind, rain and sunshine. They come in a wide array of colours, and you can even add a remotely controlled motor if you want to take them to the next level.
Outdoor blinds are a great choice if you like the ability to easily open up or close off your outdoor space as you require. If you opt for a fabric that protects against UV rays, this privacy option can also help to make your outdoor area a more pleasant environment during the hot summer months.