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When you are by yourself, one of the last things you may want is to see someone looking through your window at you. Luckily, there are many ways that you can improve your home’s privacy while also increasing the beauty of your home.


Blinds are one of the most obvious choices when seeking privacy. Blinds come in a variety of styles and are made with many types of materials. These materials can include plastic, vinyl, wood, and faux wood. Wooden blinds will give your home a more natural look, but plastic and vinyl blinds can last longer and are easier to clean.

You may also be able to purchase blinds that are built into the window. The bottom-up blinds are the best to use even if they are more expensive. With sheer fabric, you will be able to see outside, but people outside will not be able to see inside the home.


Shades have benefits that are similar to blinds. However, shades do not have slits, which might make shades a better choice when you have privacy concerns. The shades are pulled up or down and completely cover your window, offering you privacy when you want it, but allowing you to pull the shade up when you want a clear, unobstructed view. Types of shades include:

  • Roman shades
  • Blackout shades
  • Honeycomb shades
  • Roller shades
  • Woven wood shades
  • Solar shades

The right option depends on how much light control you want and the style you enjoy the most.


Curtains are a beautiful option for covering your windows and offering privacy. You have a broad range of colors and fabrics to choose from. Sheer curtains may not provide you with complete privacy, but they allow more light to enter your home when drawn. More heavy curtains will provide you with complete privacy.


If you will be having your glass replaced, then several types of glass will provide more privacy. Smart glass is a sophisticated option that changes when you apply voltage. Flipping a switch provides you with complete privacy. While this type of glass is most often used in offices, it can also be used for a home.


If you are looking for a less technologically advanced glass that provides privacy, then consider getting textured glass. This type of glass is most often used in bathrooms. You are not able to see much through the glass because everything is distorted.


Your windows aren’t the only way you can increase privacy. By using a fence and strategically placing taller shrubs and perennials around your home, you will keep others away from your home and reduce the risk that they will violate your privacy. These structures can also block the view into your home.

Using plants as window coverings can provide a beautiful form of privacy. With a trellis and climbing vines, you will have privacy without blocking light from entering your home.

If you are ready to replace your windows with new blinds, then our team at Gilkey Windows is ready to help. We manufacture and install high-quality vinyl windows in Chicago, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Dayton.The Best Privacy Options for Your Windows | gilkey Windows

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