If you are about to move to a city centre apartment for the very first time or you’re just wanting to add an element of privacy to your floor-to-ceiling windows, finding the right balance between light and airy and secluded can be a little bit difficult at first. You don’t want to block the light out completely or use textures that are too overwhelming which may detract from achieving the look and style you’re aiming for. Here, we discuss our top four tips to help maximise privacy without compromising on style in a city centre apartment.
1 Try and not block the light
One of the biggest perks of living in a city centre apartment is the opportunity to be surrounded by unrivalled and often beautiful views; there really is nothing better than watching the hustle and bustle of the city streets below. And whilst an element of privacy is of course important, what’s key is being able to feel that all-important sense of privacy whilst not completely blocking out the light and view.
To improve daytime privacy, lightweight materials, such as sheer or voile, allow natural light to shine through whilst also affording the view. Voile is a fantastic modern alternative to net curtains, and these days comes in a stunning selection of shades and textures. For nighttime privacy, particularly for those with floor to ceiling windows, made to measure curtains using blackout linings or fabrics is a favourable choice to block out the night outside.
2 Use different textures
Mixing a variety of different textures and window treatments allows you to create a strong sense of privacy without feeling like you are shutting the world out. By layering beautiful textures such as velvet, silk and voile to cover windows and doors, you’re able to create a boutique-hotel feel which is extremely popular right now on the likes of Pinterest and Instagram.
3 Balcony privacy
If you’re lucky enough to have a balcony as part of your apartment, it’s important to consider the privacy of this space too. Simple balcony screens are a relatively cost effective and useful way to create an element of privacy, with certain styles also particularly on-trend. With a whole host of variations on the market, from bamboo to mesh or even faux foliage there really is an option to suit very style and décor.
The addition of such a screen adds an additional element of privacy away from those who may be able to see into your balcony, so that you can enjoy your morning smashed avocado and oat milk latte in your pyjamas in peace!
4 Open plan
If you’re living in an open plan apartment and you’re not alone, you might be seeking a little bit more privacy, for example, when you go to bed and others a still up watching the television. It might be a simple case of using fabrics to divide areas such as the space around your bed, so that you can draw the curtains and escape the flicker of the lights. You can do this by adding a curtain pole or suspension pole across the room or the area you wish to block off.
This is another great way for you to also disguise any of your more valuable belongings which you may want to keep closed off. For additional storage space, the addition of a curtain pole to a recess can create a new space not previously available for use. Simply and some perfectly fitted made to measure curtains and you’ve got yourself a stylish shelving area which doesn’t compromise on style.
Are you moving into a city centre apartment soon? We’d love to hear about how you are going to add privacy to your place in the comments section below. As always, if you’ve found this article of any value we’d love for you to share it with your friends and family, across social media and beyond.