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Prying Eyes Begone: 6 Tips for Increased Privacy at Home

Because nobody wants their neighbours looking in 24/7.

Let’s face it – in space-starved Singapore, privacy is hard to come by, especially in HDB estates. Whether you live in a corridor unit or in close proximity to the opposite block, some parts of your home are still visible to your neighbours, which isn’t exactly a comfortable feeling.

That said, there are ways to increase your privacy without (or with minimal) renovation works involved!

1. Install tinted window films

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Pictured: 3M Window films with different opacity levels. | Source: Jestac

The most straightforward thing you can do, of course, is to purchase window films that make your interior less visible from the outside. These include frosted, blurred, or translucent window films, as well as one-way mirror films.

However, do note that each comes with its own set of pros and cons. For instance, frosted films will obscure views from both the outside-in and inside-out, while homes with one-way mirror films only work when the sun is up. So before deciding on the window film to go with, do consider your own needs first.

2. Pick blinds and curtains that offer moderate privacy

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When it comes to dressing the windows, choosing between blinds and curtains can be tough. Other than providing privacy, they’re also fundamental in blocking harsh sun rays and heat from entering your home.

As for whether to choose blinds or curtains, the choice ultimately depends on two things: the degree of privacy you want, and the amount of natural light coming in.

If you decide to get curtains, consider adding day curtains underneath the normal curtain layer, as they allow natural light into the house while still offering some semblance of privacy. If blinds are your window fitting of choice, types like roller blinds and Venetian blinds are your best bet for privacy.

3. Purchase dimmable lights

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Nighttime is probably when your house is the most ‘vulnerable’ to prying eyes. For one, a well-lit home will stand out in the dark. Plus, the evenings are when most of your neighbours will be home as well!

Since turning off the lights completely isn’t an option, consider getting those that are dimmable. That way, you can manually adjust it to the brightness level of your choice, while making it dim enough to obscure your home from nosy neighbours.

4. Place your plants by the window

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If you’re a plant parent (or an aspiring one), you can also consider setting up your plants by the window – specifically the taller plant species like palms and rubber trees.

While this isn’t a completely foolproof way to achieve privacy, it’ll at least be able block your neighbours’ line of sight, making it harder for them to get a clear view of your home. Plus, it gives your precious plant babies maximum exposure to sunlight for healthy growth.

5. Experiment with your furniture layout

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For a cost-effective (read: free) solution for increased privacy, simply experiment with your furniture layout. Some things you can consider include positioning the furniture such that it faces away from your neighbours), or shifting your bed under the window if your bedroom happens to be next to the corridor.

6. Use partitions to section off exposed areas

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Apart from adding visual interest to your interior, partitions prevent neighbours from looking into your home when the door or window is open. Plus, they don’t take up too much space, so even small homes can have them installed.

If you're looking for something with added utility, considering using a bookcase or shoe cabinet to double up as a partition!

Increasing the level of privacy for your home is pretty simple

You don’t have to wait till your next renovation to increase the privacy of your home. Get started today!

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