While window dressings allow you to control the amount of light coming into your home, their primary
purpose is to provide you with privacy when needed. Theres nothing creepier than sitting your home
only to realize youre being watched by the neighbors or passersby. Ideally people would mind their own
business, but if they wont you can always thwart their voyeuristic tendencies with privacy window
If youre looking for privacy without completely blocking out the light, you have several options. Swedish
blinds are an economical and easy solution. These can be used as permanently fixed in addition to being
rolled up when you dont require privacy. One-way blinds are another solution as they allow you to see
outside while restricting the view inside. Linen Roman blinds are loosely woven to allow sunlight to pass
through while obscuring the view from outside. A similar idea is to use a set of sheer drapes. Vertical
blinds can also work if you only need to block something in a particular direction.
Likewise, you can implement café style shutters provided your neighbors arent looking down on your home.
Remember that while these are effective for privacy during the day, additional dressings may be necessary at night.
For the ultimate in privacy, its hard to do better than a set of heavy drapes like the ones Grandma used
to have. They were floor to ceiling and made out of an industrial strength cloth woven tighter than a rug.
The problem with that solution is that youre probably going for a different look than Nanas house.
Lucky for you there are loads of other options.
Vertical and horizontal blinds work well for any situation where you need complete privacy. Both can be
purchased in literally any size necessary. They can be found made of wood, aluminum, PVC or vinyl in a
variety of price ranges. Vinyl is typically the least expensive and can be found at any big box store
provided your windows are a standard size. Faux wooden blinds can also be found in similar retailers.
For aluminum and wooden blinds you will likely need to shop at a home furnishings store or department
stores that offer window dressing solutions. If you often leave your windows open to allow airflow, be
aware that horizontal blinds may not be your best bet. Unless the slats are tethered at the bottom, they
will blow open allowing an unobstructed view into your home.
Finally, shades can be an easy and inexpensive solution for those nosey neighbors. Shades come in a
variety of colors, materials and finishes. They are easy to install and will provide years of maintenance
free operation. Cellular shades allow for light to enter your home without allowing people to see inside
during the day or night. If youre looking for both room darkening and privacy, Roman shades fit that
bill. Also easy to put up, these shades can be found in varying degrees of opacity all the way up to 100%