Our homes need to have certain things if we’re going to enjoy all the benefits that they can bring. They need to be cozy, they need to be spacious, and also in line with what we individually need from our living space. There’s something else, too, that they need to be — private. Privacy in the home is one of those things that we take for granted; we only notice when we don’t have it. So what should you do if you find yourself on display to your neighbors and passersby? We take a look below.
Build Up The Front
The best way to make your house more private is to simply make it more difficult for people to see in. On the outside of your home, you can build up a fence or a hedge, which will provide the first layer of protection for your home. It’s not that no-one will be able to see into your home, but more that they’ll have to work to see in — which is, of course, usually enough to keep people walking on by. It marks the house as a private space.
Cover the Windows
Your windows don’t just let you see out; they also let people see in. We’re all familiar with the action of walking past a house and looking directly into someone’s home, as they sit there having dinner or watching TV or whatever. It’s not the passersby fault! If they’ve got a light on and everything’s on display, our eyes are drawn that way. It’s up to the homeowner to block the view, not the passerby to avoid looking (they’re only human). An effective way to achieve this goal is to work with a company that offers window film installation. It’s stylish, and gives your home another layer of privacy. It’s especially recommended if, for whatever reason, you’re not able to put a fence or hedge outside your home.
Switch Hang Out Spots
Not everywhere in your home will be equally on display. As such, why not look at switching up your hang out spots? Most privacy issues happen at night because the darkness of the night makes the light of your home more appealing. So if you currently have a living room that’s on display at night, why not switch to a more private room when night falls? You can still use the room during the day, when it’s more difficult to see in.
The more that’s going on in a property, the fewer people look. You walk right past a home that’s got a lot of plants and trees in the front, but your eyes will be drawn to a home that offers you a direct view into the house. As such, it’s worthwhile taking a look at “building up” your home. You can put a covered area or gazebo in your yard, for example. If you really want to keep people walking on by, look at adding a security camera — it’ll be effective even it’s not connected to anything.