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In today’s home, the once austere bathroom is being transformed into a luxurious refuge of relaxation and style galore!

It is common these days to find features including a TV, audio system, along with a whirlpool Jacuzzi tub, sauna steam room; items you once might have found only at an exclusive spa.

Even if your master bath isn’t quite so spacious, you still want your bathroom window treatments to complement the style and theme of your decor.

Read on to learn what works best if you need to update or redo your bathroom window treatment.

Whether you have a limited budget or want to splurge a little, you have many options available when considering window coverings in the bathroom.

While style and decor are important elements of a successful bathroom window treatment, privacy is often the most important aspect. For a modern spa theme, these pleated shades offer a clean and sleek look.Privacy is Paramount for Bathroom Window Treatments

Perhaps no room in your home requires privacy more than the bathroom; especially if your bathroom window looks out onto the street or your neighbor’s windows!

Window coverings in the bathroom provide the light control and privacy you need to make your bathroom a place to relax and unwind while taking that nice long soak in the tub, putting on make up or getting dressed to go out on the town!

Even if your bathroom windows have semi-obscure glass, you’ll want the added privacy a curtain, blind or other window covering affords.

Unless your bathroom window has a completely private view of your yard and cannot be viewed from outdoors, you will probably want to create a window treatment that is completely opaque.

Bathroom Window Treatments and Moisture

An important consideration many people overlook when selecting a window treatment for the bathroom is moisture. If you want to decorate your bathroom, be sure you choose materials that are well suited to the humid and damp conditions of most bathrooms.

Those white linen curtains may look great the day you put them up, but after a few months you may find yourself disappointed when those ugly black mould spots begin to appear.

For this reason, you may want to avoid putting up curtains and opt instead for blinds or shades. If you do use curtains, be sure to choose a properly treated fabric that won’t attract mould and mildew and can be cleaned easily.

If you have a very large bathroom and the window is located well away from your bathtub or shower, then moisture could be less of a consideration when designing your bathroom window treatment.

Blinds or shades will offer the most privacy to your bathroom windows in many cases, but you dont have to sacrifice style either. Select a window covering that matches the theme, colors and decor of your bathroom.Bathroom Window Treatment Styles

While your choice of materials is somewhat limited, you can still design a bathroom window treatment that offers privacy while still matching your bathroom decor and creating something stylish.

Nearly any style of window blind can be installed in a bathroom to give you the style and design you want, but start by considering your privacy, light control and functional requirements first.

Next, consider the style and theme of your bathroom. If you are going for the clean look of a modern spa, then you might want simple pleated shades or Venetian blinds.

On the other hand, if your bathroom is appointed in a more traditional theme, then a layered approach will work nicely, perhaps using a cornice, valance or swag to add color and depth to your design.

If you desire something semi-transparent, then a layered combination of sheer curtains with blinds or shades underneath will work nicely.

That way you can easily open or close the blinds for privacy as needed.

Here are your best options to provide both privacy and style in your bathroom:

  • Roller Blinds – the roller blinds may well be the most popular bathroom window covering on the market today. They are easy to roll up to get them out of the way when you want to let in the natural light, and available in many colors, patterns and materials that are specially treated to resist the dampness, mould and mildew. Wiping down with a damp cloth is all that is needed to keep most roller blinds clean.
  • Interior Shutters – Vinyl interior shutters would be a stylish option in some bathroom decor situations. Interior wood shutters will also work, if they have been treated for moisture protection, although this will be a more costly alternative.
  • Aluminum Venetian Blinds – metal blinds make an attractive, affordable and practical window treatment for the bathroom, with their natural resistance to moisture and excellent ability to give you complete control over light and privacy.
  • Wooden Venetian Blinds – if you can afford it, look for wood blinds that are specially treated to resist mould and mildew. The price is higher than other options, but if you really want the natural texture and quality of wood, these products are an option.
  • Faux Wood Blinds – these are made from plastic, but with today’s manufacturing methods, faux wood finishes offer a close imitation of the real thing at a fraction of the cost.
  • Vinyl Blinds – while people often think of vinyl blinds as cheap looking and likely to break quickly, you can find vinyl blinds on the market today that are quite stylish and they are a great option for the bathroom; especially if your window is near the tub or shower where any window covering will be subject to extremely moist conditions.
  • Fabric or Roller Shades – roller blinds afford very good privacy and light control. And, since many roller shades are available in an opaque vinyl material, they will be resistant to mould and mildew. You may also choose fabric roller shades, treated for moisture resistance.
  • Curtains or Draperies – if designed properly for the bathroom, curtain or drapes may be completely closed to provide privacy. You can also select plastic or other translucent materials to create an interesting effect of color and light in your bathroom, although this will reduce the level of privacy if not combined with blinds or shades.
  • Pleated or Cellular Shades – Cellular shades (in non-sheer materials) have full glass coverage for privacy. Many styles can be ordered with a "top down" feature, so a portion of the glass can be visible at the top of the window to let in light and have a view. Cellular shades have the added benefit of insulating your bathroom as well.


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