By Genevieve Cunningham
Owning a home is great. You get to make a place yours … the furniture, the paint, the bed. It feels good to wake up and walk around a place that feels completely like yourself! But what happens when this perfect place is a little too close to the neighbors? Suddenly, it feels as though other people are invading your home and making it feel a little less safe and cozy. If you’re in this situation, take heart! Here are three ways to make your home a little more private without moving or shutting out everything the world has to offer.
Good fences make good neighbors. If you’re feeling like you need a little more privacy, a good privacy fence is a great place to start. These come in either six or eight feet in height, and they can be installed by a professional so you don’t even have to worry about it. They come varying in appearance as well, so matching your current home may not be a problem. If you want an attractive way to cut the neighbors out of your yard, opt for a fence and be done with it.
Trees and Shrubs
People underestimate the power of nature. Adding trees and shrubs to the perimeter of your home can both lower the electric bill (hello, shade!) as well as provide a little privacy. It can also significantly improve the appearance and value of your home. So this method is a win-win! Do your research before you buy, or hire a professional to make sure you get the right plants for your location and needs.
Curtains and Blinds
When you’re in a neighborhood where the houses are really close together, one of the best things you can do is to get really good blinds and curtains. Blinds and curtains are made for the purpose of providing privacy. And as a bonus, they can also really dress up a room. Pick something that suits your decor, and enjoy the privacy and the look.
We all like a little privacy. We like to welcome people inside on our own terms, and not have them looking through the window or over the back fence. If you don’t seem to have enough privacy, use these tips to gain a little more. With a little planning and some patience, you can have enough privacy around your home to feel comfortable without closing out the world.
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