Do you prefer to meet your new neighbors in your own time? Window coverings should make your home a safe haven where you feel comfortable enough to lounge around in your pajamas. Nobody wants to live in a fishbowl, so where privacy is an issue, you'll want to choose a window covering that works as well at night as it does during the day. Shutters ensure privacy when closed properly, as do certain types of shades. Some shades allow shadows to be seen from outside, so you'll want to verify that the material you choose offers complete privacy. Blinds offer adequate privacy for most people, however, the tiny holes that house the strings can offer a peep hole view inside. Adding decorative tapes to blinds-a popular retro look-can resolve the 'hole' problem.