Three things I learned about adhesive window film

by Jessie K on September 7, 2011

The front door to my new office is half glass.  That’s a lot of room for people to look into.

I wasn’t sure what to do about this until my friend Beth told me about a product called adhesive window film, which you apply to glass for decoration or privacy, or in my case, both.

I did a little research and discovered entire websites devoted to this stuff — see here, here and here — though I will admit, I found a lot of the design options less than chic.  More like Lowes chic.  I became discouraged.  Then I stumbled onto the design-y not martha blog, which compiled a list of some of the chicest design options out there.

During my search, I realized three things about window film.  Number one, all the best designs come from Europe, England and Scandinavia, specifically. For some reasons, American designers aren’t interested in adhesive window film at all.  Why is this?

The three below are all from the British designer Emma Jeffs, available at Design Public.  Pretty, right?

Emma Jeffs Anni Adhesive Film $79

My favorite is the White Moroccan Tile.

Emma Jeffs Rose adhesive film $79

Emma Jeffs White Moroccan Tile window film $86












Number two, a lot of the better designs — particularly those from Scandinavia — only come half way up the window.  These three below are from Swedish company Strossel, which you can purchase at their website or the Scandinavian Design Center. They’re all in the $50 range.

I like the last design best, featuring the delicate leaves and birds.





















Number three, like with many things in this world, the good stuff is expensive.  Did I really want to spend $100 on Emma Jeffs designs, factoring in the cost of shipping and necessary tools, or $50 on Strossel film that only comes half way up the window?

In the end, my friend Marnie was on hand to remind me about keeping my costs down.  Decorating an office adds up.  I had already splurged on fancy paint and hired a painter to paint the space for me instead of doing it myself….I still need to buy a rug, table, chairs, lamps, curtains, I can’t spend a hundred dollars on a giant sticker for the front door.  Right?

So I ordered this el cheapo stuff from a company called Artscape from Amazon for $20.  It’s not so terrible, is it?  It reminded me a bit of Strossel’s pretty bird and leaf design above.










I’m even going to try to apply myself — another uncharacteristic cost saving measure.   I’ll let you know how it turns out.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Kitty September 7, 2011 at 9:17 am


I approve of your final selection as I have the same thing on my front door. I sprayed window cleaner instead of plain water on the glass when I installed it as that gave me a little more “slide” to the decal to get all the air bubbles out. One thing I might try is making a stencil of a bird outline and cutting a bird shaped hole out of the decal and filling it with some kind of colored film that went with the decor in the rest of the office, maybe red birds or some other accent color. I also cut out one of the leaves to serve as a peephole to see who is at the door. I’m glad you are having so much fun with this!


Vanessa September 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm


I like the one you order it looks just as good as the others!

Carol September 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm


Why not just do some nice blinds…the newer style not the mini-blinds? I really enjoy your blog. I live outside Roanoke., originally from near Rochester, NY. Went to VT in the 70s and have been here ever since!

Judy Workman September 7, 2011 at 4:05 pm


I love it most of all! Go for it. It is a lovely design.

Brandee September 10, 2011 at 1:00 am


But I work at Lowes…. Anyhoo the office is coming along nicely. Lovely

Brenda December 28, 2012 at 10:07 am


Thanks for your blog. I need to cover a door & starting my adventure. A friend paid $150 to cover a double front door. I was hoping to save a bit of $$. Like you, I have many ot

Brenda December 28, 2012 at 10:08 am


…many other projects. Thanks again!

Haritha January 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm


Thanks, Jesse. Very useful post. I am having the same problem — want privacy, but don’t want it to look “grandma.” Artscape sounds like a good option.

Reggie October 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm


The reason these products are so popular in the UK and is because of their urban geography: i.e. the common placement of domiciles (residences, offices etc.) right on a street with the ‘sidewalk’ pavement immediately against the building in all villages, towns and cities. Not so in a North America full of expanding suburbs, estates and deteriorating abandoned downtowns and thus it’s not an issue worth addressing by the vast number of window treatments companies. It does strike one though that they have dropped the ball on this one. Any enterprising company should look into this! Whose for a start up?

Alia Gordon January 29, 2014 at 11:58 pm


Actually sells by several widths and in varying lengths. Some very nice patterns in the botanical and cut glass catagories.

Sarah H June 20, 2015 at 1:56 am


I thought I had previously commented on this – Just finished a renovation and going through all the products I found on Apt Therapy and other blogs … and posting my thoughts/experiences. I didn’t go with any of the mentioned brands but did get plenty of samples from various companies. I ended up going with a product called Modern Window Film – (I think thats just the website, the manufacturer goes by another name).

The issue I kept having was the film samples I got all looked like there was a milk carton applied to my window – very dense. I wanted something that looked etched or sand blasted. More realistic to avoid the look of an applied film. Anyway – found the above and ordered it for 3 bathrooms. The films truly look like the glass is sanded from the glass manufacturer. It’s insane.

Only draw back is the film is adhesive. Like… adhesive with commercial quality adhesive. So you have to know that it’s going to take some patience to apply (I messed up the first pane of glass but had plenty left over to redo). But wow! It looks great. Definitely worth the effort.

Carol July 8, 2015 at 1:50 pm


Where can these decorative films be purchased?
I have some small windows on both sides of the front door that need covering.

Iman Razak September 15, 2015 at 5:05 am


I agreed with all the three points mentioned above. It is true that adhesive films are great for decoration and privacy. I liked the last style from Emma Jeff designs. These films are decorative and give a nice look at the office. I have also used adhesive films in my office. You can also check the adhesive films of Solar Gard (M).
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