The window is the new blank canvas in the residential interior design space, replacing conventional methods such as paintings, prints, photos and ornaments as a means to express one’s personality and artistic style.

Decorative window film can be customised using any pattern, image, design or colour to create striking artwork limited only by one’s imagination and creativity. Once printed, the film is easily applied to the interior surface of the glass by a professional installer for an instant artistic makeover to the room.

More prevalent in the commercial interior design segment, techniques such as glass etching and frosting have now moved into the residential domain. Stained glass effects can be achieved at a fraction of the cost of new windows, and bright designs can coordinate with soft furnishings or colour coded to suit the room’s décor. 

Certain panes of a window can be filmed to give both privacy and a subtle point of interest, using different levels of opacity, glitter effects, textures or etched styles.

Michael Miller, President of the Window Film Association of Australia and New Zealand (WFAANZ), says decorative window film is extremely popular in rooms with an unappealing view, that are too close to their neighbour’s house or where passers-by can see inside.