If you've just moved into a new house or apartment where you have to provide window coverings, one of the choices you might have gone with for some of the windows is opaque decorative window film. However, you might want to double-check just how opaque the film is because there's a good chance you'll still have to add something like blinds on top of the film. Many decorative films still let people see through the window, so if you want to be sure that you have privacy, having a second type of window covering, such as blinds, is best.

Privacy and Protection

What people forget when they look at decorative films is that light, be it sunlight or light bulbs from inside the building, can make it easier to see through the film. Blinds and curtains are much better at blocking the view from outside, which is the real concern -- if someone can see inside, even a little, they can see enough to know whether you have something they want. Thick curtains and pretty much all blinds provide visual protection.

And don't let the fact that the window is on an upper floor make you complacent. It's not a secret that many people are less strict with second-floor security than first-floor, and an enterprising thief can scope out houses to see which might be worthy of another visit with a ladder.

Perfectly Private

But with blinds, that's not a worry. Sure, if the blinds are open, but you can close them once you know you need to do something that you don't want people outside to see. Blinds let you customize the amount of light that gets into the room, so there's no worry about cutting off a natural light source.

There are some advantages to window films: They're often available in very pretty patterns, and they are really easy to apply, using water or static cling in most cases. They don't require bolts be installed in the window frame or wall. So if you still want to use films, go for it -- just remember to add another type of covering to the window.

If you'd like to look at styles of blinds and curtains that would go well with the rest of your decor, contact a blind and curtain retailer today. You'll find many options that will suit your home and give you the privacy that you need.