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Simple Ways to Get More Privacy in Your Home

They say that people in glass houses should always wear clothes. Where’s the fun in that? With a few tweaks, you can have all the privacy you could ever want, whether you’re wearing clothes or not.

Wooden Shutters

Wooden shutters are the time-honored choice for privacy. In many parts of the world, they are older than windows themselves. Although not as high-tech as many other options, they do an excellent job of letting light in without compromising your privacy. They also serve as a decorative element, adding a touch of old world charm to both indoor and outdoor walls.

Shutters come in various configurations. The classic hinged shutters are still very much in style, but require a lot of space to open and close. Bi-fold shutters provide a more convenient option, especially for bay windows. These shutters fold in the middle, making less space necessary to open and close.

Drawn Shades

Another classic option is light drawn shades. A nice opaque fabric can diffuse the light, both softening the light in your room and giving you privacy.

Roller Shades

A more high-tech option is roller shades. Modern roller shades can be extended and retracted by a remote control, or even automatically. They can be designed to allow large amounts of light in without sacrificing privacy. You can even set the shades on a timer to let light in to heat your home in the winter, and to keep the light out of your home in the summer.


A fantastic way to add visual complexity to a room is to mix your privacy options. Bay windows are greatly improved by using wooden shutters as a privacy shield for the lower half, to provide basic privacy from the street at all times, and drawn curtains, to provide full privacy.


1 Comment

  • Avatar for Denise Denise says:

    I’ve had a problem with privacy in my apartment for a while now. I live in a nice neighbourhood but it’s the kind of place where everybody knows every body else and I know my neighbours have caught me a few times with the curtains open haha. Wooden shutter sounds really nice, I bet it would add to my decor as well. Do you know where to get them in darker shades?

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