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The Smart Reason You Should Put Lace (Yes, Lace) On Your Windows

updated May 3, 2019
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(Image credit: Photographed by Susie Lowe, Designed by The Pink House)

Warmer weather means opening up your curtains and windows, and letting in the light and fresh air. But, with all that welcome air and sunshine sometimes comes unwelcome bugs and less privacy. Let’s welcome back a classic that can surprisingly solve both issues: lace!

Reason #1: Keep The Bugs Out

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Lace is the perfect medium for letting light in and keeping bugs out. Madelene lives in an old Swedish house and, when it gets hot, loves to open the windows and let the air in. She and her husband built a series of these as an alternative to ugly mosquito screens. Not only do they guard your home from insects, but they also add a decorative element that feels almost old world.

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For a custom framed solution, head over to Varpunen for a tutorial with photos:

  • Using your window’s existing screen frame (or a newly built interior frame), pull a swath of lace taunt against the back and secure with a staple gun. You can also build two thinner frames to sandwich the lace in between and secure with glue or staples.
  • Pop the screen frame back into place and admire your handiwork.

Reason #2: Gain Some Privacy

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If it’s privacy you need, take a cue from IKEA, who layered a lace screen over a regular window. It doesn’t block the light, but does shield you a bit from your neighbor’s eyeballs. This is great option for renters.

(Image credit: Annabel Vita)

And one more option! Annabel Vita’s post shows how to apply the lace to the glass itself, which gives the windows an almost frosted effect. Since it’s done with cornstarch, it’s completely removable and temporary:

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of cold water.
  • Add this mixture to roughly a cup and a half of boiling water. The paste should look like a thin jelly. Add more boiling water if it is too thick.
  • Apply the paste to clean windows and smooth the lace on top. Keep a strip of paper towels underneath the window to catch any wayward drops.
  • Use a paintbrush to apply a thin coat of paste over the lace and let dry.
  • Removing the lace is just as easy: Just spray with water, then remove the residue with hot water and a sponge!

Of course, if you don’t like the look of lace, any gauzy, thin fabric will do. Check out Daniel Kanter’s temporary privacy doors post for something that’s a bit more modern.