5 Tricks to Upgrade a Bad View
You Don't Have to Stare at That Bare Wall Forever
It doesn’t take much to ruin the view from your window or backyard. Whether it’s a cinderblock wall, utility poles, or your neighbor’s laundry on a clothing line, we have a few ways to remedy the situation.
Adding a trellis to your yard is a great option because it’s versatile: you can either leave it as-is, or plant a few vines to grow elegantly over it. Trellises have a lot of other things going for them as well: they can cover both short and long lengths of space, let the light in, and are available in a wide variety of materials and price points.
Another way to dress up your yard’s view is to avoid it altogether by building a new space to enjoy. This luxurious patio room is private without feeling like you’re indoors, so you can enjoy the fresh air while ignoring what’s right outside the curtains.
Block a harsh view in your yard with plants known for growing dense and tall – like bamboo. By planting a wall or cluster of pots with this woody grass, you can shield yourself from the neighbors with the ambiance of a tropical location. (Beware: some varieties are known for spreading quickly, so search out what’s best for your landscape, or stick to planting them in containers.)
Put your DIY skills to use by building a slatted wood screen to dress up your space. Customization is a real selling point here – make the space between slats as wide or as narrow as you see fit to hide what's behind them. This solution is bare bones, but lends a sleek architectural element to your space.
A bit of greenery is the prettiest way to upgrade a boring view. Certain varieties will grow up or over almost anything, including slick cement. Research what’s best for your space and with a bit of time and watering, you can enjoy the old world charm of an ivy-covered wall.