3 Ways to Make Bare Naked Windows a Design Feature in your Home

If you read lots of interior design magazines, are always hunting through Pinterest or in fact, read lots of blogs like this one, they always give advice on how to dress your windows. Ideas on what kinds of curtains or blinds will look best with your décor or what pattern and print is on trend is top of their suggestions, but I want to give you something else to think about. How about leaving your window bare and naked?

I’m sure some of you are dismissing this idea out of hand, shrieking and hollering. Who on earth do I think I am by suggesting you take down the curtains and ditch the blinds. Well hang fire for a second and hear me out.

There are times when this can work. I appreciate that if your bedroom window faces out onto next door’s, you don’t want to go all bare and naked (quite literally), but in the right situation, there’s a lot to be said for a fabric free window.

An Interesting View:

devon penthouse marsdensFor the last few days I’ve been hunting websites looking for my next holiday cottage. As a city dweller, we love to hide away in the countryside for a week, surrounded by nothing but trees, fields, cows and sheep, choosing tranquility over hustle and bustle. I’ve noticed that several of the properties I was keen on have a few bare and naked windows. This really isn’t unusual. In fact, in a holiday property like this when you have a majestic sea view, who wants to cover it up with a roman blind? This Devon holiday property above from Marsdens really caught my eye.

So, if you want to make the most of the view, whether it’s coastal, country or otherwise then do leave your window free from dressings.

Feature Window:

3 ways to make bare naked windows work in your home

Whether it’s an original stained glassed version, a ship’s port-hole or just basic uPVC windows, sometimes the window itself does all the talking. White framed windows next to white walls and minimal decor don’t warrant the fuss of a blind or curtain, and certainly it can be a crime to cover something more ornate. If you have a certain decor style, or a window that’s a feature in its own right, the time is right to leave it bare and naked. Let the window itself become a focal point in the room. You might have to consider the view (in and out) and the draught, but generally speaking, if it’s well insulated you won’t need any further fabric to keep you warm.

Add some Frosting:

3 ways to leave your windows bare and naked

If you’re concerned about privacy, and most of us would be in this situation above, there’s a solution. Add some window frosting. It’s really easy to do yourself (I’ve done it in my own home many times) and with companies like Purlfrost you can add to the glass without distracting from the window itself. It lets the light in but prevents the inward view.

Would you consider leaving your windows bare and naked?

Images: Marsdens || Feature windows via Shutterstock || Purlfrost

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3 ways to make bare naked windows work in your home

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. Amanda
    May 13, 2016 / 1:55 pm

    Lovely ideas Jen! I love the Marsdens property. It really looks like my dream home. I am looking for such kind of apartments.
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Morgan
    May 18, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    All of these windows are beautiful and really enhance the overall look of these homes. They provide the perfect amount of natural light and provide a great view to the outside world! These are all wonderful ideas. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Mary
    July 28, 2016 / 4:36 pm

    Some really lovely ideas here thanks for posting!

  4. eddie
    October 12, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    great article love the look of some of these windows.

  5. Charity Kambeitz
    July 21, 2023 / 3:29 am

    We just built a new house with lots of windows. I love natural light. I was considering leaving them “bare and naked” lol. We back up to 200 plus acres of woods. I did a Pinterest search to see if I could find others who have done the same. Your article was first. I love the idea!! I’m glad I’m not alone. Thanks for putting your idea out there.

  6. Mary
    March 15, 2024 / 9:24 am

    We have just renovated the ground floor, by knocking out some walls. We have an amazing view. I’ve been thinking so much about what kind of window coverings would be best. The builder who helped us with the renovation said he would definitely leave them open, why cover up that view and the new windows? I was appalled at first, lol, so I decided to Google this and saw your article. You are so right. We’re going to go “window-naked “for a while, and see how that feels. Thanks!

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