I have narrow, 12" wide windows on either side of my front door and would like a window covering that maintains my view but also provides privacy (especially at night). What would you recommend?
The windows on either side of your front door are known as sidelights. Keep in mind that when the front of the house coordinates, you make curb appeal more attractive. Most of our products are available in a 12" size, so putting the same product on your sidelight that is on your other front facing windows is a smart option. The first product that I recommend is Silhouette® window shadings. They are essentially a soft 2", 3" or 4" fabric vane that has a sheer to the front and back. In the open position, you will have filtered visibility outside with the sheer. Sheers always look elegant and are very practical for a sidelight as well. Close the vanes and you will have your privacy. Then with the pull of the cord, they roll up to disappear up into the headrail when you want full visibility outside. These are a perfect solution for your sidelights!!
Sally recommends Hunter Douglas Shutters. Sally has them in the sidelights in her own home, and they make a dramatic statement with curb appeal (also because they are on all of her windows that face the street). The fact that you can tilt and turn the bold louvers for privacy and light control is very appealing. She has Heritance® hardwood shutters, but there are several other Hunter Douglas shutters to choose from.