Can I make my windows more private without losing light?

What alternative window treatments are there to standard blinds?

The most common solution is probably to use frosted window film. Brume ( does a decent range of standard frosted films, as well as textured, coloured and graphic films. Cut-outs add design detail and allow you to peep out.

Tinted and mirror films from Solar Control ( are also popular, but be careful with double glazing, as these films can interfere with the solar properties of the unit and cause the glass to crack. Lumisty ( is another specialised window vinyl that allows you to view through the window from a particular angle, while all other views are frosted.

For a more permanent option, glaze with patterned and textured glass. Pilkington Glass ( has the largest selection of designs. A little more James Bond is electric glass, which can be switched on for clear and off for frosted; go to DR Services

‘Pull-up’ (or ‘bottom up’) roller blinds (rather than the standard pull-down) mean you can control being looked in on without losing the direct light from the sky – handy if your home has street-level windows. Prêt à
Vivre ( and Eclectics ( both supply them.

Venetian and vertical blinds are also nifty tools and can come in semi-translucent materials that don’t block out all the light. See Silent Gliss’s Vertical Waves, below ( With shutters, you can have acrylic panels incorporated into the frames -Draks ( does this as a bespoke service – and Parma Lilac ( makes made-to-measure solid Perspex shutters.

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