By Lindsay Cohn

Published on July 30, 2017

Photography by Natalie Hunfalvay via Adam Robinson Design

While creating a functional outdoor space, it’s important to consider the whole family—adults, kids, and furry friends. Whether you have a big backyard, a palatial patio, or a tiny terrace, a partition (or enclosure of sorts) is a great way to ensure privacy and security.

But a wooden fence isn’t the only way to help keep out nosey neighbors, block unsightly views, and muffle street noise. From sky high hedges to a vine-covered trellis, scroll on for eight stylish solutions for upping the privacy in your exterior.

 
Photography by Jessica Sample via Domino

Sliding Gate

California cool meets desert chic: Tatiana Barhar, founder of Verdego Design, uses an opaque glass and aluminium sliding gate to separate her Venice Beach studio from the street. The contemporary style suits the building’s modern aesthetic, all while maintaining the light, airy feel of her front yard.

Photography by MONICA WANG VIA DOMINO

Lattice Screen

A whitewashed lattice screen (with sporadically placed, wall-mounted pots) is a great option for adding privacy and greenery to even the most petite patio, or grassless backyard.

“Particularly if you’re in a city, look for shade-loving species that are happy in small pots,” advises landscape designer Adam Robinson.

Photography by WILLIAM ABRANOWICZ VIA DOMINO

Timber Wall

For a contemporary look, consider hardwood timber. The vertical orientation, open layout, and dark chocolate stain give this custom enclosure a clean, architectural edge that echos the beachy vibe of this Sunshine Coast home

Photography by NATALIE HUNFALVAY VIA ADAM ROBINSON DESIGN

Tall Hedges

Designer Stephen Shubel hedges his bets on tight, tall shrubs to conceal eyesores on the terrace of his San Francisco pied-à-terre. Robinson explains, “trough planters with dense evergreens can take time to establish, but are softer than a solid wall.”

Don’t want to deal with the patience, upkeep, and prices these natural plants require? Take a cue from Shubel, and instead invest in custom, plastic hedges.

Photography by THE FRESH EXCHANGE

Treated Pine Screen

On a budget? Treated pine screening timbers are a low cost option for establishing privacy and making a space feel cozy.

Case in point? This dreamy back deck. A sectional, area rug, and twinkle lights round out the warm, intimate vibe. 

Photography by MARCO ROMANI VIA ARROW LAND + STRUCTURES

Vine-Covered Trellis

The open structure of this freestanding cedar trellis allows vines to grow and climb. The result is a verdant natural barrier that marries well with the traditional landscaping of this Wilmette, Illinois residence

Photography by ODS ARCHITECTURE

Sandblasted Glass Gate

If you’re looking to purchase a home in a popular area, chances are, you may be on a heavily trafficked street—but that doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker.

Architect Alan Ohashi utilizes a sandblasted glass and timber gate to create a barrier between the road and zen-like retreat within. Opaque glass panes provide privacy, while still allowing light to shine through.

Photography by NATALIE HUNFALVAY VIA ADAM ROBINSON DESIGN

Bamboo Wall

Technically, the walls are responsible for the privacy here—but you almost don’t notice them behind the sky high black bamboo.

The verdant green of the trees pops against the saturated plum backdrop, creating a stylish and functional space the whole family can enjoy.

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