COVID-19 UPDATE:
We are still servicing our current and new clients. Please call us at (510) 749-7505, we're open and ready to help!
We are adhering to social distancing safety guidelines and offer no-contact estimates.

Have you ever thought that maybe your windows weren’t pulling their weight?

Don’t get us wrong: Your windows do an awful lot. No one wants to live inside a dark box. And there’s just no substitute for natural sunlight.

But in a world filled with rising energy costs, concern over the environment, and alarmism about privacy, it sometimes feels like your windows could be doing more.

If any of that strikes a nerve, you should consider a decorative window film to tint your windows.

Let’s learn more!

Why Should I Tint My Windows?

Tinting your windows is a great way to save on utility costs and get some extra privacy.

Adding some tint can block harmful UV rays and lessen the heating effect of the sun. This will protect your furniture and floors from damage, and keep your electricity bill low.

Tinting your windows can also allow you some privacy. Drapes and blinds have long been the go-to option, but they block out all the natural light you love.

Using tinted windows instead can keep the light in and the prying eyes out.

But window tint doesn’t have to be all function, no fashion. You can use decorative window film to get all the benefits of a tinted window with a touch of class or whimsy.

In this article, we’ll show you some ways you can incorporate decorative window film to give your windows a touch of elegance.

“Etched” Glass

Etched glass has a timeless look that everyone loves. However, creating it is a difficult process.

To make etched glass, the glass is treated with an acid that eats away at the surface. The result is a rough, semi-opaque surface that can be customized to any design you like.

If you want the beautiful look of etched glass without having to worry about working with acid, decorative window film is a great solution.

Buy a bit of frosted window film. Using a stencil, cut it to any shape you like. Then, simply apply it to your window.

It’s easy and inexpensive, and if you ever decide you want to change it, you don’t need to replace the entire pain.

Mimic Stained Glass with Decorative Window Film

Stained glass windows are undeniably beautiful. And they’ve got a price tag to match.

Traditional stained glass is created by cutting colored glass into small pieces. The glass is then put into place like a mosaic and soldered together.

If you want to obtain the gorgeous look of stained glass on a budget, decorative window film is the way to go.

You can find a premade design and apply it to your window in a flash. Or, you can create your own designs by cutting out shapes from colored film and assembling it yourself.

In either case, the end result is sure to be a stunning detail in your home.

Upgrade Old Windows

Window technology has come a long way in the last few decades. Modern windows are often pretreated to prevent UV rays from passing through.

If you have an old house though, upgrading all of your windows can be a costly endeavor. And besides, it’s hard to replace those old windows with anything that has that same charm.

Window tint is a much cheaper alternative. And if you use decorative window film, you can give your old windows a personal touch.

Get Privacy With Frosted Glass

Frosted glass is a great way to keep nosy passersby from getting an eye full, or to make your shower a little more private.

And it doesn’t hurt that it looks great.

Yet, proper frosted glass is expensive. It’s made by sandblasting the glass, or with the same acid process as etched glass.

With decorative window film, you can give any window the classy look of frosted glass. Frost the doors by your front door for added security. Get some extra privacy through any bedroom windows that face the street.

Want to live out any old fantasies of being a private eye? Put some frosty film over the glass on your office door.

Turn External Windows into One-Way Mirrors

Are you serious about your privacy? You can use privacy window film to turn your windows into one-way mirrors.

One-way mirrors allow you to see out your windows, but anyone on the outside sees their own reflection.

Privacy window film also blocks most ultraviolet light, which protects the interior of your home and keeps it cool in the summertime.

A Touch of Asia

Do you have a love for the exotic? Do you absolutely love the aesthetic of Japanese architecture?

You’re not alone. Everyone loves the look of Japanese rice-paper windows. They have a timeless elegance that many people would love to add to their home.

But unfortunately, it’s not that practical to replace your windows with Japanese paper.

What you can do is recreate that look with decorative window film.

Give your home a touch of Asian charm with custom-made window treatments. They can give you all the charm of Japanese rice-paper without sacrificing any durability or insulation.

Go Partial

Do you want to class up your windows, but don’t want to go all the way?

Use decorative window film on just a portion of the window to add beautiful effects.

stripe of “frosted” glass can give a modern touch that you’ll love.

Or, you can get custom appliques to add beautiful corner treatments. These will add a stroke of vintage elegance that will be the talk of your neighbors.

Class Up Your Cabinets

Think window tint is only for your windows?

Think again.

If you have an antique china cabinet with glass doors, or if your kitchen cabinets have glass doors, add some decorative film to give it that special touch.

Not only will it look beautiful, but if your cabinets are a little less than display-worthy, it will hide the mess.

Upgrade Your Windows Today

There’s no limit to what you can do with customized window film. With a little imagination, you can get the windows you’ve always dreamed of at a fraction of the cost of replacing the windows.

Not sure if tinted windows are right for you? Browse our gallery to get a better idea of what we can do. Then, drop us a line!