Are your bathroom windows looking a little bare? Many homeowners assume that they can’t use window coverings in a bathroom due to issues like humidity and bacteria. However, this isn’t the case; there are plenty of bathroom-friendly window covering options you can use.
Important Considerations for Bathroom Window Coverings
Much like with bedrooms, in bathrooms, you need a balance between natural light and privacy. While bathroom window glass often comes frosted, that doesn’t help on days you want the windows open. So, that means you need window treatments suited to your bathroom.
The two main concerns are the moisture in the air and the bacteria that can go airborne when flushing the toilet. In general, you will want to look for window coverings that are resistant to mold and mildew and that can be cleaned and disinfected easily.
However, this is all relative. For example, if you have a large bathroom with windows that are far from the toilet, or the toilet is in its own separate space, the bacteria isn’t a huge concern. And if the windows are far from any water source, you may not need to worry as much about moisture, especially if you have proper ventilation.
Essentially, what your bathroom needs will depend on its specific configuration. With that said, there are a few window treatments that work for pretty much all bathrooms.
Blinds can be a great option for bathroom window treatments, depending on the material used. Vinyl and PVC are the blinds best suited to bathroom use as they are unlikely to warp or rust in a damp environment. With these materials, you can get different looks, including blinds that mimic the look of wood. As a result, it’s easy to get the right design without having to worry about the common mishaps associated with bathroom window treatments.
Curtains can be an excellent choice for bathroom window coverings—if you purchase them in the right fabrics. While there are options specifically made for bathrooms, often in materials similar to those used in shower curtains, these often lack style. Luckily, there are other options, including voile, lace, and muslin which are lightweight, do not hold onto moisture, and can easily be cleaned when needed. Heavier fabrics, while attractive, are not good choices.
If you need an option that makes your window a focal point in the room, you can’t go wrong with shutters. As with blinds and curtains, the key is selecting shutters made from the right materials. Many shutters are natural wood, which will not survive a humid bathroom environment. Vinyl shutters can offer the same look as wood without the risks. Some types of composite wood materials can also work in bathrooms.
This is an option that many assume they do not have. However, you can order roman shades in moisture-resistant fabrics, just as you can with curtains. Many homeowners love this idea because the look of these shades is quite popular. Also, they often already have them in other areas of their home. Depending on the fabric selected, these shades work well with windows close to water sources, giving a unified look to the space.
Woven Wood Shades
Certain natural fibers are naturally moisture resistant. These include bamboo, reeds, and jute. As such, using shades made of these materials in a bathroom is a good option. In addition to not harboring mold and mildew, they’re also easy to wipe clean and disinfect. These shades tend to bring more warmth than other options. However, they’re often delicate and not as durable as the other window coverings on this list.
Making the Right Choice for Your Bathroom
The correct choice for your home will depend on various factors, from personal preference to privacy needs. Struggling to make a decision on the right bathroom window coverings? Let the team at Aero Shade to help. Our showroom representatives are experts at selecting the right shades for a given space. Just come in with a few photos and your concerns and they’ll pull multiple options for your consideration.
Work With Aero Shade
With over 50 years in business, we offer both the experience and selection you need. To learn more about our selection, stop by our showroom or schedule an in-home consultation. We are confident that we can offer you all the window treatments your home or business requires.