We ask a lot of our windows. Plenty of light, fresh air and lovely views are on everyone’s list. We also want them to keep chilly air out on colder days and be strong enough to protect us from intruders.
However, large panes of glass (if it isn’t top quality) can cause problems. If you can see out, others can see in. That’s not good for privacy and your precious personal possessions are in full view to passers-by and potential intruders.
How Can We Improve Window Privacy?
If you’re thinking of new windows or want to make existing ones more efficient, there are several ways to protect your privacy and improve security without obscuring natural light.
Consider Installing Window Film
This is a thin layer of self-adhesive polyester laminate. It’s tough, long-lasting and easy to install – just stick it to the inside of your window.
Window privacy film comes in a variety of finishes. There are frosted or textured styles (similar to frosted glass) or you may prefer an overall opaque look. Alternatively, you can opt for coloured or tinted film. It’s even possible to have mirror (or reflective) window film. This one-way film gives you a lovely clear view, but anyone trying to peek inside only sees themselves.
Some companies even offer custom options so you can have whatever colour, tint or unique design you fancy.
Window privacy film has several plus points:
- Protects your privacy.
- Stops intruders from checking out your belongings.
- Reduces glare from outside.
- Provides extra insulation to reduce heat loss (good for your heating bills).
It also has a few downsides:
- Patterned or frosted film obscures your view of the outside. If this is a problem, then mirror film is a better solution as the interior is completely blocked from view.
- Reflective film doesn’t work at night, so you’ll need an extra layer of protection when it gets dark.
- Patterned film doesn’t change in the dark – it still obscures details, but you can still see through it. This may be fine even at night depending on which room it’s used for.
Curtains and Blinds
Curtains are an obvious solution for window privacy at nighttime (with or without window film), but of course, you won’t want them closed during the day.
Venetian blinds are more versatile as they can be partially closed but still let in sunlight and a bit of the view. Blinds also make it harder to peek in from the outside, but not impossible. Again, you could prevent nighttime problems by using window privacy film as well as blinds.
Window Privacy Screens
If you fancy a more unusual option, why not consider a carved wooden window screen? These come in a variety of designs. Some look like traditional Venetian blinds and others feature attractive latticework. They can be fitted to the window frame with hinges allowing them to open and close.
Freestanding screens are also a possibility – a large one placed on the floor or a smaller screen standing on the window ledge. Screens obscure the view from both directions but can be opened, closed or detached completely.
Obscured or Tinted Glass
If you’re thinking about installing new windows you could include a specialist type of glass in the design (whatever style of window you choose). Window glass can be etched, frosted, tinted or coated.
You’ll have different requirements depending on the location and use of each room, but whatever your window privacy needs there’s a solution for you at The Window Centre.
Reliable Advice from the Experts
Talk to the experienced team at The Window Centre to find the right option for you.