What type of Window Treatments Offer the Most Privacy?

Darren Wong

Honolulu privacy shutters

Your house is your castle, and if you think like the majority of homeowners, finding window treatments in Honolulu that add privacy and sound control to maintain your sanctuary is a priority. Any window treatment is more effective than an uncovered window. However there are some window treatments that add more privacy than others, even on nontraditional windows.

Improving Privacy on Specialty Windows

Most large, standard windows you have are simple to cover with nearly any window treatment including blinds, shades, or shutters in Honolulu.

Half circle window shutter Honolulu 

You might encounter some situations when you need a special type of window treatment to get the privacy you want. These include:

  • Windows in the bathroom where water and humidity can cause problems for fabric window treatments.

  • Sidelight windows that are long and thin where window treatments can be knocked around when you use the door.

  • Non-square windows such as arches, circular windows, bow windows, etc., where typical rectangular blinds and shades can’t cover your window without sacrificing the beauty of the window’s unique shape.

  • Large windows that are impossible to reach such as second-story foyer windows.

In these instances, you’ll want window treatments that go the distance to provide privacy to your space.

As a plus, look for window treatments that can block sound to keep random noise outside and keep inside noise inside.

The Window Treatments That Give You The Most Privacy

The most privacy-friendly window treatment we recommend are Polywood® plantation shutters. Plantation shutters are able to fully close, for when blocking all the light and sound you can is your goal. If you want to let light in and see outside, just give the louvers a tilt. For tall or high windows, you should position the louvers at an angle so light can come in but passersby can’t see in.

Honolulu living room shutters 

Indoor shutters are also perfect for non-rectangular windows because they can be customized to fit any shape or size. And since Polywood shutters are moisture resistant, they’re an excellent choice for bathrooms.

Another privacy-friendly window treatment is roller shades. Roller shades take up minimal space at the top of the window, but are easy to pull down to prevent outsiders from seeing into your home. While they can’t be custom-made to fit unique window shapes, you can find roller shapes made from water resistant material for areas such as the kitchen or bathroom.

Window Treatments that Don’t Help With Privacy

While any window covering gives you at least some 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 easy to see through, particularly at night.

Honolulu bathroom blinds

Another window covering that isn’t great for privacy are cheap or bulky blinds, which can bend and/or get stuck at an angle. If you can’t completely shut the blinds due to breakage, then they’re not providing much privacy at all.

Want Window Treatments that Maintain Your Privacy?

If you're on the hunt for window treatments to make your home more private, then give us a call at 808-797-2004 or complete the form below to get a free in-home consultation. During the consultation, our install team will walk you through all of your options to find the best fit for your home and your budget.