If you’ve invested in a decking area for your outdoor space, then you probably spend a lot of time there. But being overlooked by nosey neighbours can feel invasive and uncomfortable; wrecking the calm of your peaceful haven.
There are lots of ways of creating a little privacy without erecting ugly fences – plants in combination with a little trellising, for example, can make a big difference – softening the impact of your screening.
We’ve gathered together a collection of inspired ideas to help maximise the privacy of your decking space so that you can shield yourself from prying eyes without ruining the look of your tranquil, outdoor retreat.
This lovely decking area benefits from a slatted screen, extending from the wall without blocking out the light. The black paint contrasts beautifully against the light oak of the decking; reflected and reinforced in the black of the furnishings. Stylish.
The thing about privacy screening is that it could also block out the sunlight. These wooden blinds are a perfect solution, offering seclusion when you need it and direct sunlight when you don’t.
This gorgeous patio area makes use of established trees to avoid prying eyes from spying the fun. The string lights make this space perfect for evening entertainment, as does the bamboo screening covering the fencing. The beautiful, conical chiminea is the icing on the cake for welcoming guests. Superb.
There’s LOTS to love here: the Mediterranean tiling, the hanging baskets, the corrugated pergola. But the back screening is painted black to reinforce the painted frame of the construction, thus transforming a potentially ugly fence into an essential component that feels at home in its environment.
Sometimes a design feature can delineate the boundaries of your decking as much as provide a little privacy, and these beautiful jungle decorative screens make a fantastic addition to the design aesthetic; demonstrating the negative and positive of the same image. Inspired.
This celebration of oak makes remarkable use of the natural tonal variation in the slatted fencing. The pergola provides intimacy, while the grey flagging resembles carpet, giving this private outdoor space a particularly homely feel.
If you’re working to a budget, you could build your own wattle fencing. Perfect for DIY fans and a beautiful aesthetic for your garden.
This beautiful minimalistic frame provides delineation rather than privacy – but the established trees and the thriving bamboo provides all the solitude you might need. Private and open – a balanced and handsome juxtaposition.
This lovely slatted fencing indulges in the natural tonal variation of stained wood; softened further by a choice selection of tropical plants in matching, white, circular pots. Gorgeous.
Bamboo makes for perfect privacy screening, but it spreads like wildfire. Keeping your bamboo in a container helps to suppress spread while forcing the plant into density for excellent coverage.
Pergolas make perfect privacy screens, and this three-sided box offers seclusion, while the two open portals provide the freedom of the outdoors. Fantastic.
The horizontal slatting provides enough seclusion without causing claustrophobia. The practical, slightly Spartan wooden furniture is softened by the beautiful Aztec-woven rug, while the embossed, metal coffee table contributes to a feeling of zen and balance in this lovely haven for reflection and entertainment.
This very private outdoor space is simply stunning. The climbing plants and the scatter approach to string lighting create an atmosphere of calm and creativity, while the farmhouse kitchen table and patchwork seating add a Bohemian feel to this perfect space for solitude. Gorgeous.
This beautiful wall of trailing succulents creates a fabulous privacy screen, embracing the beauty of nature by introducing a vital, verdant energy to this lovely outdoor space. Sometimes the most simple ideas are the best. Stunning.
Make the most of slatted screening by training trailing plants to decorate and adorn naturally; increasing the privacy where it most counts. Superb.
Sometimes you want privacy; other times you don’t. This portable, diagonally-slatted screen helps to shield from the sun and provide solitude from the neighbours whenever you might choose to have it. Ingenious.
You might want privacy, but you don’t want to block yourself in; especially if your decking area is limited. These abundant grasses provide a retreat from the surrounding houses. A great, low-cost way of creating subtle concealment.
If you’re looking for some temporary privacy during a special event such as a wedding breakfast or a birthday party, create a homely outdoor living space with a circular teepee. Great for Bohemian celebrations in the sun.
These iron screens are designed to oxidise over time, creating an ever-changing patina of vermillion hues. The circular drill-hole designs are simple, yet beautiful, bringing a decorative aesthetic to a very practical composition.
This irregular slatting introduces a design aesthetic to what could have been quite an ugly privacy screen. The stripes echo into the woven rug, while the lattice-effect armchairs reflect the transparency of the screening. Inspired and beautiful.