People are enjoying outdoor living spaces and wide-open windows more than ever. We want to feel relaxed in our backyards and when we are inside, we love to see the sunlight and natural light stream into our homes. The sunshine and light breezes do a lot of good for our souls and our sanity.
But a neighbor’s prying eyes can put a damper on our enjoyment of our homes and outdoor spaces. So let’s look at some great ways to improve privacy at home both indoors and outdoors to obscure your neighbors’ view.
Many of these ideas in this post can also work to shield your front porch from view to protect your valuable packages from porch pirates.
“Privacy – like eating and breathing – is one of life’s basic requirements.”
― Katherine Neville
Indoor privacy ideas
The main privacy issues indoors involve uncovered windows or windows that don’t have opaque curtains, blinds, or other view-blocking window treatments.
Of course, you can add window coverings like blackout curtains to practically any window for privacy. But sometimes you really want to be able to have your windows uncovered to let in natural light. You just don’t want an invasion of privacy in your home.
One of the best ways to protect your privacy inside without obscuring your view is to apply a one-way privacy window film to the windows in question. (Please be sure to check with your window warranty if you have relatively new windows to make sure adding window film won’t nullify the warranty.)
Privacy window film
Home window tinting for privacy allows you to have your privacy without sacrificing your view of the outside world. It works almost like polarized sunglasses do. You can see outside from inside your home, although the view is a bit darker than it would normally be. But when people try to look into your windows during the day, they only see a reflection, due to the privacy glass film, like a one-way mirror.
Some of these window tint films can also block UV light if you are looking for greater energy-efficiency, as well.
Or you can use static window clings to create a translucent glass surface for privacy if you aren’t concerned about having access to the view—on the sidelights of your door or for your bathroom window, for example. Decorative window film comes in a wide variety of patterns and colors including geometric shapes, frosted glass, and stained glass film.
You can also use some frosted privacy window film or other decorative privacy films on glass shower doors to improve privacy there, as well.
Window privacy screen
Another option for window privacy involves creating a wooden frame and stretching fabric over it then fitting it inside all or part of a window frame.
The advantages of a decorative screen like this are that you can customize it to match your decor. It’s easily removable. No holes have to be created in the window frame or wall.
Indoor privacy screen
A privacy partition or room divider can work in a large room to section off areas for privacy or simply to create defined spaces. But a privacy screen can also be used in front of a window. This can be a great option if you don’t want to have curtains, shades, or window film but you would like a temporary way to achieve privacy in front of a specific window.
These dividers can be made of wood or metal and can include mesh panels, fabric, and all kinds of decorative designs. And they can easily be moved to provide privacy inside the home for other needs, as well.
“Solitude sometimes is the best society.”
― John Milton, Paradise Lost