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 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.
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.
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.