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Fight Prying Eyes With New Window Dressings



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 dressings.

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.

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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% room darkening.

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