Design October 9, 2023

5 Ways to Add Privacy to Your Patio or Balcony

Your home’s interior can offer you peace of mind, but there’s nothing like the connection between your patio and the great outdoors. With a little privacy, you can relax and unwind at home like never before. Here are five creative tips to add privacy to your patio or balcony and turn into your own personal retreat.

5 Ways to Add Privacy to Your Patio or Balcony

1. Vertical Gardening

Incorporating nature into your outdoor space will not only help you make it more private, but it will also help bring the space to life with an organic touch. Vertical gardens will liven up your patio while making it more secluded. Choose plants that thrive in your local climate and complement your home décor style.

2. Install a Pergola or Canopy

Looking to make your backyard a bit more exclusive while providing some shade? A pergola or canopy will do the trick. This versatile choice is also fitting for any homeowners who like to entertain and want to extend their parties to the outdoors. To set up, pick a central space on your patio for your pergola that won’t interrupt the flow of foot traffic. These furnishings may be the missing piece for your backyard retreat; they will protect you from the elements year-round while maintaining that open-air feeling you’re looking for.


A private backyard patio where two wooden chairs with light green pillows are set up among flowers in ceramic planters, a lantern with a candle in it, and trees all around, which hide the fence in the background.

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3. Privacy Screens

Your patio privacy project will lead you toward some creative decorative opportunities. Privacy screens work like a fence for your home, in that they help to enclose your property from your neighbors. However, unlike a fence, they are easy to move around and come in various styles and materials to match your taste in outdoor décor. Typically made of vinyl, metal, wood (bamboo is a popular choice), and artificial greenery, these products may be just what you’re looking for to frame your private patio area.

4. Planters

You can create a barrier and refresh your backyard or balcony patio aesthetics at the same time with planters filled with tall plants. If you’re willing to wait, trees and vining plants can grow into lush fences over time. If you’re hoping for a quicker solution, consider lifted planters with mature bushes or hang planters with plants that cascade down.


A woman tends to her balcony garden. She is growing plants to make her condominium more private.

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5. Outdoor Curtains and Art

Finding the right items to hang will help create the backyard oasis you’re dreaming of. For those with a vertical structure in the backyard like a pergola or gazebo, or a balcony that can hold a tension rod, consider adding outdoor curtains for some elegance and privacy. For a more personalize approach, a gallery wall can also help keep the creative juices flowing outdoors while connecting the space to the inside of the house. Search for weather-resistant frames that will hold up as the seasons change and hang them on sturdy strings or repurpose a room divider.

With a dash of décor, some elements of nature, and your own personal design touch, you’ll create the outdoor space you’ve always wanted. No matter how much we love our interior, it’s nice to get outside and breathe some fresh air while still feeling like you’re at home.