Many of our customers have the dilemma of wanting to create some privacy at their windows without blocking the light. One solution is to use a stencil. There are several suitable products that allow stencilling onto glass, some of them are permanent and others are not. Here are two photos demonstrating how effective stencilling onto a window can be. Both show the same stencil, OTT20 (from our Ottoman range).
This photograph is from an issue of Victoria magazine (no longer published) and uses the border stencil over three-quarters of the window as if it were a lace panel pulled partially down. The border is used both right side up and upside down to fill the desired area. When you have several panes on the window it might be a good idea to experiment with your desired pattern layout onto paper first. The window was stencilled with white acrylic paint which can be removed with solvents if needed. Although acrylic paint is not permanent on glass, it is hardy enough to withstand a light wipe as long as you do not use any harsh cleaning materials on it.
Here is another photo of a window stencilled with the same stencil, but in a different configuration. This photo appeared in Easy Living Magazine. Again, the stencil has been used right side up as well as upside down, but the design fills the windows from top to bottom. Another semi permanent product to stencil windows with is an acrylic frosting varnish. This looks a bit like sandblasted glass and has a more transluscent quality to it than acrylic paint. Again, it is quite hard wearing and will withstand wiping as long as you do not use any solvent based cleaners.
Another tip for stencilling windows is to clean them with some vinegar and water first which will remove any trace of residue, grease or dirt enabling your product to adhere as well as possible to the glass (even the non-permanent ones). We have many stencils that would work well on a window. When choosing a design, think about how much privacy you need. For more privacy, use a design that is quite busy with bigger shapes (as this one is). If you simply want to add a bit of decoration to your windows, then use a more open design.
The products mentioned above are all suitable for the interior side of the pane. If it is on the outer side and therefore exposed to the weather, there are other suitable products on offer. However, some of these have a more permanent effect such as etching cremes which actually etch the glass surface. Make sure you can live with your design permanently before you use one of these products, because the only way to remove etched stencilling is to change the glass. R.