I live in a tiny studio apartment which means that I am always trying to find creative ways to maximize my space. One of the ongoing annoyances has been that one of my two windows is not very private. My apartment building is U-shaped and I am at a back corner of the U, looking over the interior courtyard. This means that my window and the window of the apartment next to me make a ninety degree angle and that when the blinds are open, there is a clear sightline from my apartment to my neighbor's apartment.
A little over a year ago, I read an article in the New York Times about using window decals to create privacy while still allowing for natural light. I finally followed through and put up decals on my own window. Since my place is a rental, I chose a static cling instead of a sticker so that they can be removed cleanly. I wanted something that let in a lot of light, so I chose a clear cling with dots that obscure the view into my apartment. As a bonus, when the sun shines through, the dots create hundreds of little rainbows.
Now I can leave my blinds open AND sit next to the window without feeling like my neighbor's eyes are constantly on my back. What design tricks have you used to make living in close quarters feel a little bit more private?