How To Improve Your Privacy At Home

Posted on: 5 January 2016

Privacy is important for any home. Maybe you have large windows, live on a busy road, or have a pool in the backyard and you want to feel secure and private. Whatever your reason, there are many improvements you can make to maintain privacy in your home. Below, you will find some ideas for privacy to get you started.


There are many types of fences, but of course you will want to choose a fence that is tall to give you as much privacy as possible. Here are some of the best fences for privacy.

  • Wooden fence: Also known as a privacy fence, wooden fences are generally tall and the boards can be installed right next to each other so no one can see in.
  • Vinyl fence: This type of fence is generally less expensive than wooden fences while still offering a large amount of privacy.
  • Half fence, half shrubbery: Consider making things interesting and installing a low fence made of stone or brick with an area to plant shrubbery. This type of fencing is very eye catching and offers a lot of privacy as well as boosting your curb appeal.

Trees and Shrubbery

Never underestimate mother nature where privacy is concerned. There are many fast growing trees and shrubs that are great for privacy. Some trees and shrubs even have flowers, so it's not only privacy for you, but it's also something that could improve the curb appeal of your house. Do your homework to find out what grows best in your area. If you have problems with houses next door looking down into your home, then consider large shade trees to block the line of sight.

Screens and Pergolas

For privacy in small outdoor areas such as your back porch, you can use a mixture of screens and pergolas. There are a lot of plants that like to "climb" and they work great with pergolas, offering you lots of privacy, while also increasing the aesthetics of your porch.

Potted Plants

Potted plants won't do a lot on their own, but if you combine them some of the other options listed above, then it will add even more privacy as well as take your landscaping to another level.

Privacy is getting harder and harder to attain, especially if you live in the city or in a subdivision with smaller lots. However, if you use one or more of the tips listed above, you will not only increase your privacy, but also improve the aesthetics of your landscaping and curb appeal.