Outdoor Privacy Ideas with Pergolas
If you need a space to relax outdoors while still enjoying your privacy, installing a pergola could be the answer. These comfortable and versatile outdoor living spaces come in a range of styles to suit your home and your personality – whether you'd rather unwind surrounded by nature or enjoy total privacy and shade with fabric or wood panels.
Pergolas have been used in gardens for thousands of years, as far back as the Ancient Egyptians who used palm leaves and reeds to protect occupants from the desert sun. Meanwhile, the Ancient Greeks and Romans encouraged grape vines to grow over their pergolas, providing natural decoration and year-round shade. Foliage coverings are still a popular option for pergolas today, which can help to integrate these structures into your garden.
For a higher level of privacy than vines, a pergola with latticed panels lends an ornate touch to any garden, as well as enhancing shade. Latticed panels are fitted between the support columns and come in a range of designs, depending on how much sunlight you want to filter out.
If you need more privacy on one or more sides of your pergola, solid privacy panels can be added when the pergola is installed or at a later time, making sure you choose a product that matches the existing style.
There are many ways to use fabric in your pergola design too, from custom-made curtains and fixed awnings to temporary shade cloths and retractable canopies. Make sure the fabric you choose is capable of standing up to the elements and offers a high level of sun protection if you'll be spending plenty of time outdoors.
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