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Say No to Nosy Neighbours !
Whether you have big, beautiful sashes or one tricky window with a bad view or passing foot traffic, bare windows can leave you feeling exposed. Most of us consider friendly neighbours an asset, but who wants to wave at each one through the glass while perched on the sofa with a chocolate biscuit? Luckily, there are plenty of elegant window blinds and shades solutions to suit all sorts of window types that will provide privacy in your home without compromising on light or style.
Let the light in while screening out nosy neighbours with these elegant ideas:
Go for Swedish Blinds
When your view is uninspiring and you aren’t looking to reveal it too often, try Swedish blinds. To maintain both privacy and light, choose a pale fabric that’s opaque when two panels are layered together, as this is how Swedish blinds are constructed.
Swedish blinds are available in two variations: the simplest are designed to remain in a fixed position to ‘dress’ your window, rather than being operated on a daily basis (as they need to be rolled up by hand). They offer a straightforward project crafters can try at home. The second variation is more complicated, using a corded system to raise and lower the fabric.
Hang onto a Classic
Venetian blinds offer a similar look to wooden window shutters but on a smaller budget. They also layer well with additional window treatments if you fit them snugly inside the reveal.
Obscure with window film
Screening film offers a quick and easy solution for windows where curtains or blinds may be impractical or out of your budget. It’s available in styles such as Frosted Glass Window Film from SolarTex, Inc to a huge range of cut-out designs, as well as solar control – a good option for very hot conservatories or heavily glassed areas that suffer from glare. Most frosted glass window film is moisture resistant, making it ideal for bathrooms.
Lose the Lining
For a stylish twist on the traditional, try unlined ready made roman blinds made of loosely woven linen for a sheer finish. These ensure the room remains light but is screened from curious passers-by during the day. They can be combined with curtains or layered with opaque blinds for additional privacy and insulation after dark. Roman blinds feature horizontal channels that run along their length to hold a dowel: with sheer Romans, look for those with transparent rods to make this less obvious.
Diffuse with soft Drapes
For added amour and soft light in your boudoir, try voile curtains or muslin. These floaty curtains and drapes can be paired with lined curtains or practical blackout roller blinds for after dark. A fixed pelmet like this does double duty, hiding the workings of your window coverings and adding a sleek architectural detail to a room.
Vote for Vertical
Vertical blinds are an unobtrusive option for fixed glass panels or windows and doors that open outwards. They are well suited to conservatories, as the panels are highly adjustable and can be angled or drawn completely to one side without impinging on the windows. Vertical blinds are also an ideal window treatment for a home office, as they ensure both privacy and reduced glare on computer screens.
Your windows are the eyes to your home so it’s time to get dressed for success!
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