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Lots of people enjoy the peace and solitude of a private outdoor space. But we don’t have to be in a remote wilderness to bask in natural light and a gentle breeze. We can create our own private outdoor spaces in sprawling suburbia and in the vast urban jungles of modern life. Whether it is to cover an unsightly view outside, or to shield yourself from nosy neighbors, a little private outdoor space can make living in dense neighborhoods a lot more relaxing. If all you have is a little patio, deck, porch, or balcony, you can create a tranquil and inviting outdoor place all to yourself.
Privacy screens are a great way to enclose an intimate space where you can eat, read, or enjoy a nice conversation from time to time. Even if you have a home with a large yard but you either can’t install a fence, or you simply lack the desire to undertake a huge fence building project, you can use privacy screens to enclose a small area for an undisturbed, unseen sanctuary. Here are some simple ideas to get you a bit more outdoor privacy in the urban jungle. All of these solutions are relatively cheap, easy, and will work well to meet all kinds of needs.
Portable Privacy Screen
The simplest way to create a private outdoor space is to put up a privacy screen or two. Privacy screens are inexpensive, easy to install, easy to rearrange, and come in a wide variety of styles. Buy enough to surround your entire space or place them strategically to block certain views.
When planting your own privacy hedge is out of the question, potted plants, even fake ones, can be used to surround your patio with an attractive and eco-friendly green screen. It is also a great way to beautify an urban landscape.
Lattice growing plants are a great way to combine the ease of a privacy screen with some natural beauty. There are dozens of varieties of potted plants that grow up lattice work to create a beautiful but impenetrable screen to shield the outside world from your rest and relaxation.
One aspect of an urban outdoor space that people don’t often consider is keeping their patio conversations private. If your neighbors are within earshot, they could easily overhear lots of fodder for juicy neighborhood gossip. Or, if you live near a busy street, you may want to cover up the pervasive sound of city traffic. A small water fountain is a great way to create a soothing background sound to keep eavesdroppers out of the loop and keep the hustle and bustle of the thoroughfare out of your ears.
We don’t have to give up a private outdoor space when we live in more densely populated areas. Practical privacy solutions, like portable privacy screens, potted hedges and water fountains, are great ways to give yourself a private sanctuary in a busy, nosy world. For other great ideas on making your home a more private place, check out the book How To Vanish.