Decorative Window Film Design Uses Featured In This Old House Magazine

Decorative Window Film Design Uses from This Old House Magazine

We came across an article from This Old House Magazine that was titled “12 Surprising Design Uses for Window Film and Appliqués“. From the article, we wanted to focus in and share the four favorite design uses for decorative window film that are highlighted in the article.

Decorative Window Film Mimics the Look of Etched Glass

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Decorative Window Film Mimics the Look of Etched Glass

Acid-etched glass—which became popular in the mid-1800s as a way to shield bar patrons from view—elevates a plain front door. While actually acid etching a piece of glass can be expensive and is not reversible, decorative home window film can mimic the look of acid-etched glass for a fraction of the price. You can either cover the entire window or have a decorative design as pictured. This is a great way to give your house a high-end custom feel without the cost of a custom glass panel. In addition, you can always remove the window film if your design or preferences change.

Decorative Window Films Prevent Visibility Through Front-Door Sidelights

Frosted Window Films to give additional privacy in front entryways

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The article states that “handsome sidelights on your Craftsman-style door are a great accent that also happens to give passersby an unwelcome peek inside your home. Put yourself at ease by installing decorative window film that won’t detract from your entryway’s scheme.” There are a large variety of decorative designs and textures to select from that will fit nearly any situation, decor or desired effect.

Decorative Films Obscures Kitchen Cabinet Contents

Frosted Glass to Obscure Kitchen Cabinet Contents

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As the article states “Glass-front cabinets may make some people feel self-conscious. Hide mismatched dinnerware and chipped mugs”. A frosted window film can be retrofitted to your existing cabinet glass to obscure the contents behind. The other nice feature of window film versus actual etched glass in this application is how easy it is to clean. While window film typically needs just a quick wipe down to look pristine, the etched glass surface can trap dirt and oils and make it hard to keep the glass looking tidy. In addition, it can always be removed if your needs or design preferences change.

Decorative Films Provides Shower Door Privacy

Shower Door Privacy With Frosted Window Film

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The article states that “An expansive glass shower may have been a great design statement for a couple to make but now that it’s become a shared family bath – not so much.” If you do not want to feel like you are on display while taking a shower and would like to make morning prep more private, a decorative home window film on your glass shower doors can help. These films come in a large variety of looks and designs to fit nearly any decor. They can also be customized locally with regard to what parts are frosted and what parts are clear to suit your specific needs.

We hope that this article has given you some fresh ideas on how you might be able to use decorative window film in your home. If you have any questions or would like more information about how these innovative films can enhance your house, Contact Us by calling 215-491-9041 or emailing us at We would be happy to discuss the options with you and provide you with a free, no obligation quote of implementing a decorative window film product into your home. We are located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and service the entire Philadelphia area.

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