Which Window Treatments Offer the Most Privacy?

Gary Harding

Colorado Springs privacy shutters

Your home is your sanctuary, and if you’re like most homeowners, getting Colorado Springs window treatments that give you privacy and noise blocking to maintain your sanctuary is a top consideration. Any window treatment is preferable to a bare window. However there are some window treatments that offer more privacy than others, especially on hard to cover windows.

Improving Privacy on Windows That Are Hard to Cover

Most large, rectangular windows in your home are a snap to cover with just about any window treatment including Colorado Springs shutters, shades, or blinds.

Half circle window shutter Colorado Springs 

However, there are some situations when you need a special kind of window treatment to achieve the level of privacy you need. These could be:

  • Bathroom windows where excess moisture may ruin fabric window treatments.

  • Entryway sidelights that are tall and skinny where window treatments can be pushed around when the door opens or shuts.

  • Specialty-shape windows like transoms, circles, bow windows, etc., where normal store-bought blinds and drapes can’t cover your window without covering up the window’s unique shape.

  • Big windows that are hard to reach like second-story foyer windows.

In these cases, you’ll want window treatments that go the distance to add privacy to your home.

As a plus, look for window treatments that offer good sound control to keep outside noises outside and keep inside noise inside.

The Top Window Coverings for Privacy

The window treatments we recommend most for privacy are Polywood® plantation shutters. Plantation shutters are able to fully close, for when blocking all the light and sound you can is your goal. When you want to let light in and see outside, just tilt the louvers. For high windows, you should position the louvers at an angle to let light in while still protecting your privacy.

Colorado Springs living room shutters 

Interior shutters are also great for non-rectangular windows because they’re custom built to your exact dimensions. And since Polywood shutters are moisture resistant, they’re an excellent choice for bathrooms.

Another window treatment that helps with privacy is roller shades. Roller shades take up very little space at the top of the window, but are easy to pull down to prevent any views from outside your home. While they can’t be custom-made to fit unique window shapes, you can find roller shapes in water resistant material for areas such as the kitchen or bathroom.

Window Treatments that Don’t Make the Cut for Privacy

While any window treatment offers a basic level of privacy, there are two that aren’t as great as those we’ve mentioned. The first is sheer curtains. Sheer curtains were popular years ago and can add a a light feeling to a room. But they’re fairly translucent and can be seen through fairly easily, particularly when it’s dark out.

Colorado Springs bathroom blinds

Another window covering that isn’t great for privacy are cheap or bulky blinds, which can snap and/or get stuck at a certain angle. If you can’t completely close the blinds due to breakage, then they’re useless for privacy.

Ready for Window Treatments that Protect Your Privacy?

If you're shopping around for window treatments to make your home more private, then give us a call at 303-625-6431 or complete the form below to get a free in-home consultation. During your estimate, one of our window treatment professionals will explain all of your options to find the best fit for your style and your budget.