A simple frosted design adds privacy, lets in light and updates your entrance decor.

Adhesive Window Treatments

by Amanda Bell

Adhesive window treatments act as a distinctive alternative to traditional drapery, although they work beautifully together as well. The wide array of patterns and colorful choices add a decorative touch to kids’ spaces without blocking natural light. In homes with younger children, they eliminate the risk of kids pulling on curtain panels and blind cords when applied as sole window treatments. Save money on your cooling bill by opting for an energy-saving film, which blocks up to 99 percent of UV rays.

How They Work

Applying adhesive window treatments is simple, but there are tricks to achieving a smooth, bubble-free finish. Cut the film slightly wider and taller than the window you’re installing it on, or order from a company that precuts the film for you. Fill a spray bottle with a few drops of dishwashing detergent and water. Starting from the top, spray the glass and the film liberally and then slowly press the film onto the glass. Work your way down the window, utilizing the plastic scraper provided with the film, to smooth out bubbles, constantly spraying the film and the window as you work your way down. Don’t try to install the film all at once, and take your time. Once you’re done, carefully trim away the excess with a utility knife, leaving a small 1/16-inch border between the edge of the film and the window frame.

Faux Stained Glass

Adhesive window treatments allow you to achieve the look of stained glass windows without the hefty price tag of real ones. Available in a wide range of styles and colors, these treatments add color, texture and privacy. These look best on oddly shaped windows, entrance doors and bathroom windows, although you can use them anywhere. Coordinate the color of the treatment to your current decor, such as a sky motif in a room of blue and gray, or opt for something neutral to keep your decorating options open.

Patterned Film

This option is similar to stained-glass treatments, although with less color and a more streamlined design. A common version is a frosted glass finish with an etched pattern. Designs include everything from kitschy palm trees to a simple geometric pattern around the perimeter of the film, as well as more elaborate scrolls and loops. More dramatic patterns work well in themed kids’ bathrooms or bedrooms. For a little girl, a floral design with a mostly opaque frosted finish adds privacy while still keeping the bedroom drenched in light. A jungle-themed bathroom coordinates well with a tropical leaf pattern window film.

One-Way Adhesive Window Treatments

Achieve privacy without losing light with solid, one-way adhesive window treatments. Similar to the tint used on car windows, these allow you unobstructed views of the outdoors while maintaining privacy. Stunning on bay windows, floor-to-ceiling windows and entrance doors, use these as a window treatment on their own or pair them with traditional drapes to frame the view.

About the Author

Amanda Bell spent six years working as an interior designer and project coordinator before becoming a professional writer in 2010. She has published thousands of articles for various websites and clients, specializing in home renovation, DIY projects, gardening and travel. Bell studied English composition and literature at the University of Boston and the University of Maryland.

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