Decorative translucent window film

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Decorative translucent window film
A stained-glass look can be achieved with decorative window film. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Decorative translucent window film may transform your windows into works of art, give the windows varying degrees of privacy, and change the colour and style of the windows. Window film can be installed without professional help. Translucent window film comes in two basic forms: film with adhesive to keep it in place, and film that doesn't need adhesive and easily can be removed later.

Adhesive vs. Non-adhesive

Adhesive decorative window film is less user-friendly than adhesive-free window film. Film with its own adhesive can be applied only once and cannot be reused. Adhesive-free film clings like cling film and may be used again. It can be difficult to accurately apply vast areas of adhesive-backed film without messing up, therefore, it's not as practical for large areas. Adhesive-free film is made of a thicker plastic, making it useful for blocking ultraviolet rays in some instances.

Decorative Uses

Translucent window film may be used to accent windows. Corner pieces of stained-glass designs or grape vines may enhance high dining-room windows. Some translucent window film comes in coloured circles, which may be applied to windows in various arrangements for a fun effect. Film may be cut to size in any desired shape.


Translucent window film can increase your privacy without blocking natural light. If your home has a plain-glass front door or glass panels on either side of the door, a patterned window film such as one mimicking etched or frosted glass may give your home's entrance a classy look while adding to your privacy. Patterned privacy film is useful for exterior bathroom and bedroom windows if curtains or window coverings aren't used.

Alternate Uses

Translucent window film may be used to spruce up mirrors and shower doors. The outer areas of a mirror may be framed with a patterned frosted window film that gives the mirror a new style, such as an art deco look. You also could apply corner triangles of stained-glass film, grapes or any other decoration that enhances your room's decor. A shower door can be made more private with a transparent decorative film. The film is water- and humidity-proof.

Decorative translucent window film
Translucent decorative film can be applied to a shower door for privacy. (Andrea Chu/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

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