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Balancing Privacy & Natural Light with 3M Decorative Glass Finishes

In Decorative, Privacy by Pittsburgh Window Film

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As the top characteristic that employees desire in a work environment, abundant natural light provides a multitude of benefits. From boosted productivity to improved morale, the advantages of natural light are undisputed. The popular architectural trend of floor-to-ceiling glass windows and walls allows for sweeping views and brilliant sunlight to flow freely into your space. However, glass’s inherent transparency can compromise privacy. The need for both privacy and natural light in the workplace presents a dichotomy. How can you achieve the best of both worlds?

Office Privacy Solutions

Window Treatments

Window treatments, such as blinds, drapes, and shades, provide a popular means of privacy. However, these privacy solutions also block views and limit natural light. Additionally, window coverings and curtains can detract from the modern ambiance of exposed glass.

Etched or Sandblasted Glass

Replacing transparent vertical glass surfaces in your building with etched or sandblasted glass provides privacy while also permitting natural light, but these materials are costly. Furthermore, installing textured glass requires removing your existing glass surfaces, a wasteful and labor-intensive process that will likely disrupt the continuity of operations.

3M Decorative Glass Finishes

3M Decorative Glass Finishes help balance the need for privacy and natural light in commercial settings at a fraction of the cost of etched or sandblasted glass. Additionally, decorative glass finishes save time, money, and materials by utilizing existing glass surfaces. The frosted film partially obscures views into private offices and conference rooms without closing off the space, preserving the open and airy feel facilitated by glass walls, windows, and doors. Decorative film simultaneously allows the passage of light while fostering privacy.

Endless Options with Decorative Glass Finishes

In addition to providing the perfect compromise between privacy and natural light, decorative glass finishes also offer limitless design options. Decorative window film comes in a wide variety of patterns, colors, and opacities, allowing you to select the amount of privacy you require. Choose from bold geometric shapes or soft botanical details. Apply the film floor-to-ceiling, or simply opt for a band of film strategically placed at eye level for subtle privacy.

You can also incorporate branding into your decorative film privacy solution. Logo cutouts from decorative glass finishes present a creative alternative to traditional signage, and taglines or mission statements can be printed onto the film. The semi-permanent adhesive allows you to seamlessly update your space as design trends evolve or your branding needs change.

Potential applications for 3M Decorative Glass Finishes include:

  • Conference rooms
  • Private offices
  • Cubicle partitions
  • Exterior windows
  • Bathroom doors
  • Office suite entrances

You don’t have to choose between privacy and natural light with 3M Decorative Glass Finishes. This cost-effective and customizable privacy option allows employees to experience the benefits of sunlight without compromising the protection of confidential information. Request a free consultation to explore the possibilities of incorporating decorative glass finishes into your space.

Pittsburgh Window Film remains the most trusted name in window film in the Pittsburgh, PA, area since 1975. Our company was started by 3M to provide products from their Energy Control Products division. Over 40 years later, Pittsburgh Window Film is now an independent corporation and one of the longest-standing 3M Premier Elite Window Film Dealers. Our window films address a variety of concerns, including temperature control, fading, glare, privacy, security, and decorative aesthetics. Contact us for a free quote.

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