Looks wise, yea or nay?
My friend C. and I are ususally on the same page with our tastes as far as the home, but here we have diverged.
I'm giving a lot of info, but that's so you can see it. Think boomerangs thread about the corner refrigerator.
In the Mexico house, my front door is all clear glass. The main living room window, that faces out into a garden, is obviously glass.
The front of the house cannot be seen from the street. There is a locked solid wood door and wall for privacy, which is very common there.
Inside the property, there are 3 units, what we would call townhouses. I'm in the one closest to the gate. The only people who ever walk by are my 2 neighbors, husband and wife, and the owner of the middle unit that only uses his house for vacations and weekends. In other words, very private.
Rather than drapes, blinds or other window treatments, I had opted for the front door what you see below, but with slightly smaller fans. It's on the inside of the door. A similar iron work is on the living room window, but can open like french doors. Even though wrought iron work is much less expensive there, it was still one of the big investments in the house, and is what makes the first floor living areas special and notable.
What I have discovered, is even with the smaller fan pattern, it Almost gives enough privacy, but barely not. Even though no one looks over from the walkway, it feels slightly exposed, more so at night.
I opted not to get blinds for the downstairs as it felt too ordinary. I also didn't want drapes of any kind as it just felt like too much "stuff"
I don't want/need the entire window or door covered. Only an approximately 2 foot in height area in the middle which would prevent the average size adult human from seeing in, and to have their view obscured as they walk by the door and the window.. Like from 4'6" to 6'6"
That way, my view of the garden would not be obscured. It's the main object of beauty as far as views.
Last night I ordered some samples from an online store. Below are a few examples....
They had other images online that should the coverage of something a few feet away, and I picked those where you could see outlines, but not details.
C. is not a big fan of window film, but will only go so far as to comment "It just looks like window film"
He suggested some shears, but my comeback was that then I'd have the iron, plus hardware, plus more things that have to be opened and closed.
The house is more or less mid century modern, leaning towards minimilism, and I'm going for the Less is More.
I'm going down there over Christmas, and will be bringing the samples with me.
Last night I explored other privacy options, and saw where some people just adhere cloth with starch to the glass. It looks interesting. Something like burlap would look different. Maybe horrible, I don't know.
I suggested to C. I could get a pieces of glass that opaque/semi opaque and have that adhered to the glass in the area where I'm thinking of the film. All this was done over texts. No response to that.
Does that sound awful?
There are Bougainvillea planted there in front of the window, but they aren't growing fast. Eventually they can be trained into a bush that can obscure. Can't think about that yet.
Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?