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5 Ways To Upgrade Your Views And Create a Privacy Shield

Updated: Jun 30, 2020

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Do you have beautiful large windows with unappealing views and zero privacy? On top of it a curious neighbour? If you could only have your windows completely open and enjoy the fresh air without giving providing free daily "show" for the whole neighbourhood. If that's the case in your home, don't worry, I will provide you with five simple solutions to protect your privacy without blocking the natural light.

But before we dig in, I'll tell you my story.

I am very grateful I don't have any neighbouring buildings facing my windows anymore. Still, before moving to the current flat, I had very much privacy issues in every apartment I lived in. I don't think I mentioned it before, but a few years ago I lived for a solid few months on a coastal side of Croatia, in a town called Pula. I was renting a small apartment with a beautiful tiny Juliet balcony. The condo itself was older and traditional, but, as always, I fall in love with a floor to ceiling glass terrace doors that also functioned as a large window. After a few decorating touches, it quickly became a cosy home I ended up loving so so much.

The only thing that was spoiling the whole view was a building nearby and that same large window suddenly also became a theatre set (at least that's how I felt). I'm sure you know, most of the Mediterranean homes have wooden shutters on the outside. It is to protect from a storm, and it also functions as a natural air conditioner. On a hot day, it lets the fresh air flow through while providing enough shade.

My apartment had one of those too. But I didn't want to block too much of natural light necessarily. So I decided to install two layers of curtains as a backup. They were both white - one of them was sheer and see-through fabric, and the other one was slightly ticker - just enough to give privacy. In that way, I could keep the shutters widely open and still enjoy the sunshine.

I found an old video and thought I would share it with you. I know It's not the best quality, as I filmed with not such a great phone at the time - so please, no judgement. :) P.S. Ignore the part where I'm for some reason fluffing the cover. :)

Studio apartment situated in Pula, Croatia. Video taken by me 🤦‍♀️