A bit of background about my situation: I moved into a lovely new home around six months ago with my partner and our little kitten (who is now no longer very little!). We moved from a flat to a two-up two-down-home that we knew, even then, would suit us down to a tee. At first, I didn’t like the thought of being in the new home – my hubby works nights, you see. It used to be comforting when living in the flat knowing that somebody would be in the other flat downstairs and I wasn’t all on my own.
It’s fair to say that I was really concerned with the privacy aspect to our new home but soon found that I had nothing to worry about after we put a few measures into place. I thought I would write a little blog post to share with you guys and girls some advice on how to improve the privacy of your home.
My first tip is to invest in an alarm system – they don’t have to be expensive, they just have to function correctly. This acts as a bit of a security blanket, gives you peace of mind and allows you to put your mind at rest.
A big concern of mine is that people who walk past my home will be able to see through the windows. During the night, this isn’t so much of a problem as curtains are drawn, however, during the day, when nobody is home, it’s understandable that you would not want valuable items to be on display.
I’ve never been a fan of blinds, not only do they make your home look like an office (in my opinion), but they’re also a nightmare to clean and not very homely at all! My solution to solving the issue of people looking into your home is net curtains. Many people think ‘granny’ when you mention nets, I’m aware that they’re not everybody’s cup of tea and most people wouldn’t feature nets in their home. However, there are actually some really nice designs and they suit my home’s modern interior ;we have crisp, white nets and they do the job incredibly well.
The great thing about net curtains is that they’re cheap, easy to fit and they’re really effective when it comes to reducing the visibility into your home. I’ve found that they work well at making a home look cosy and welcoming too.
Another way I have improved the privacy in my home is by installing a security camera to the front and the rear of the property. A cost-effective alternative to this is to fit a dummy camera – this would be enough to warn off any intruders.
An obvious piece of advice is to always keep your doors locked and handbags, keys and other valuable items should be out of sight and away from areas in your homes that are easily accessible such as near a window or a door. My top tip is to take car keys and handbags upstairs with you when you go to bed.
My final tip is to add security lights outside your home – the odd cat or two may set them off at times however a simple light can be enough to keep an intruder away. They will also be comforting if you come home when it’s dark.
Hillary Ealey is a new blogger with a keen interest in interior design, the products mentioned in this post can be found at tonys textiles