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Natural light is often a prized consideration for many households, especially when it comes to interior design. If the light gently illuminates your home from the outside, well, the need for heavy ambient lighting or artificial lighting is reduced. Moreover, the household feels “more connected” to the outside area, providing a beautiful and relaxing space for us to occupy without that sense of sequestered isolation.
That being said, to allow natural light into your property, you need large windows. This can come from many directions, from large pane window fittings to patio doors with large window frames, to doors that have large windows in them. But of course, if the light can easily see into your household, so can other people. If you live in a relatively suburban environment, this might allow others to see through their windows directly into your household, and that takes a sense of desired privacy away from you.
But do you really have to pay for one with the other? You might ask – can I enjoy household privacy and natural light together?
We believe you can. Let’s explore how:
Implement Garden Privacy Fences
If your house looks like a private space, well, you don’t need to worry about how many windows or open panes you have! Garden privacy fences around your backyard space can be a good way of blocking in views from the road or from back gardens where available.
This can help you use the kind of patio door styles you’re looking for, be they made from glass. Anyone who can see you through this will be in your garden, and that’s a separate problem to be dealt with. You also get the benefit of enjoying a private garden, which is a nice plus.
Install Window Film For Privacy
Frosted glass can be a perfect means of allowing sunlight while still retaining privacy. But for the most part, when you install frosted glass you have to engage in a full window replacement to change it. That might not be what you’re looking for, which is why window film can be a better alternative. This gives you the same effect, but it looks a little more modern whereas frosted glass can seem dated.
On top of that, you can easily remove this film when you need to and reveal a clean window underneath. This is more helpful if you redesign often, such as if you wanted to implement blinds in your bathroom space instead of the window film. In addition, window film can look smart while also remaining cheap to purchase and apply. In the long run, that can work wonders.
Design Privacy Nooks With Furniture Placement
Sometimes, you don’t have to install or change anything about your windows and how you like to decorate them. It may simply be that furniture placement allows you a little more privacy from a certain viewing angle, allowing you to make the most of the sunlight without blocking off sections of the window.
For example, you might organize your seating arrangement in a living room so that if someone looks in to see you, you can see them easily, and they can’t observe around the corner and see your expensive television and speaker equipment. Awnings, porches and other small visual obfuscations can work from raised elevation viewing also, which can be helpful if you live on a cul-de-sac or other tightly managed urban environment.
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Consider Double-Layered Curtains
If you prefer to have more control over your light and privacy throughout the day, and you don’t mind adjustment, then double-layered curtains can be a fantastic option. Installing two curtain rods is your first step. On the back rod, you can install blackout curtains which you can easily shift to the side during the day, or close at night for complete privacy.
On the foremost rail, you can implement lightweight curtains like muslin material. You can keep these closed, too, but thanks to their slightly darker color, light will penetrate through without letting people outside see through the window unless they put their nose to the glass. This means you get the best of both worlds, a bright interior with the privacy you need from outside. Of course, you can also open both curtains completely, allowing the most natural light in while subverting your privacy for a little while, which can be fine in some contexts, like when you’re entertaining a number of people.
With this advice, you’ll be certain to enjoy both your household privacy and natural light at the same time. Not only will this give you decorative flexibility, it will help you feel safe in your home.