Play a blinder and invest in shutters

For those rooms in your home that are visible from the street, invest in blinds or shutters.
For those rooms in your home that are visible from the street, invest in blinds or shutters.
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Most of us have a room that’s visible from the street, so find a window treatment that provides both style and privacy.

1. If you want something less fussy than net curtains, how about frosted window film? This film is sticky on one side and gives a smart, contemporary finish both inside and out. The effect is the same in daylight and at night when the light’s on in the room, giving you total privacy. The only disadvantage is that you can’t see through the film, so while people outside can’t see in, you can’t look out either. One option is having a design, such as rows of cut-out circles or squares, incorporated into the film, which makes it more interesting and allows you to see out (and people outside to see in) just a little. However, this is pricier and harder to fit.

2. Blinds are another obvious solution to privacy problems. Although quite costly, bottom-up blinds are the best ones to use. These are roller blinds that go up from the window sill, rather than down from the top of the window, so you can cover as much of the glass as you want. Go for a sheer fabric and you’ll be able to see out, but not the other way round (unless the light’s on).

3. Plantation shutters, similar to Venetian blinds but with a more elegant look, have become popular in recent years. They come in panels so you can fold them out of the way, and are made of wood or faux wood in different designs. Although not cheap, plantation shutters will enhance the room and can even add value.