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Different Privacy Window Treatments for Your Home

Picture of window with privacy window treatments applied.

Window privacy ideas for your home.
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The desire of window privacy while balancing a nice view is quite a challenge. You might also want natural light in through windows. There are many privacy window treatments beyond traditional curtains to consider.

Privacy Window Screens

A simple way to add a measure of privacy to windows is with woven window screens. Fabric that is woven into a fine mesh make up these screens.

It has reflective properties that will limit ultraviolet exposure. Thus they obscure visibility from the outside. This semi-private solution will discourage prying eyes without closing in the area. The added benefit is that is keeps insects out.

Shades

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Shades and horizontal blinds are nothing new. You can lower some shade styles from the top.

This allows sunlight in and covers the bottom part of the window. Thus providing a limited view of the inside of the building.

Shutters

Shutters are often associated with older architecture. They can also complete the look of a newer building.

Shutters come in styles that cover half or the whole window. They can also have built in louvers. Install some inside or outside.

External Dividers

Another more architectural option is a standalone screen. They consist of 3 hinged panels and looks like an interior room divider.

To limit visibility use them on the side of a house. They come in many different styles. So you can choose one that blends in with the building and surrounding landscaping.

Designed to withstand weather. Secured them in place.

Glass Blocks

Glass block installations are a more permanent solution. Usually seen in bathrooms, glass blocks are available in a wide range of styles.

An ambitious homeowner can install these with a little help. Get help from home renovation websites and also specialists at the hardware store.

One-way Reflective Coatings

Often seen in corporate settings, these windows consist of a built-in special coating. The coating offers a degree of tint and UV protection. Thus the result is a reflective surface on the outside. You can see through it from the inside. These windows has the reflective coating built in.

Achieve these privacy window treatments on existing windows by applying a film. Cut the film to size and attach with or without adhesives.

Decorative Window Films

Create privacy for windows with an attractive look with decorative films. Available on the Web and at hardware stores.

These films come in a endless array of designs to complement almost any decor. Decorative films can mimic the look of stained or leaded glass. It has textures ranging from translucent to frosted. Most do not need an adhesive and are easy to install.

Decorative Window Paint

An often overlooked solution is decorative window paints. Create a custom-made stained-glass look.

These paints are usually available in arts and crafts stores. Make colorful designs. The paint can create a wide range of all-over coatings for the window. Examples including a frosted finish, crackle finish, opaque finish or even translucent patterns.

This solution is great for the more creative do-it-yourself person. They can express themselves while adding privacy.

There are so many privacy window treatments available. Anyone can find a window privacy solution that suits their needs.

Important Note: Store your supplies safely. Keep out of the reach of children.

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