The poor bathroom is often overlooked when it comes to choosing window dressings, with tile choices dominating your design brief! Yet choosing the right window blind will have a big impact in the smallest room. You need something that is moisture resistant, offers privacy when needed and yet still lets in natural light.
Considering natural light
You must consider light levels in a bathroom, unless you have an extravagantly large room with lots of windows. This is especially true if you are shaving in the bathroom mirror, or your beauty routine requires additional levels of light. Not everyone can afford additional lighting around a mirror, so it is worth considering natural light levels when buying a bathroom blind.
Some of the PVC blinds are moisture resistant but unfortunately block out a lot of light. You can go for Venetian blinds as they are available in moisture-resistant aluminium or faux-wood options. They also have the added benefit of allowing you to control exactly how much light you want to enter the room, whilst still offering privacy.
If light is going to be an issue, then it is advisable to go for a light and bright blind colour, as this will add a touch of colour to the room and make it feel brighter and fresh.
Is it private enough?
Privacy is also a major consideration for a bathroom blind, as you need to ensure that onlookers cannot see into the bathroom when you are showering, or getting changed. So, you need to make sure you choose a blind that won’t make you feel exposed within your own home.
You could consider a blackout blind option, however this is going to affect the natural light levels. There are less extreme options such as moisture-resistant Venetian blinds that will allow you to control light levels, while still angling the blinds so that onlookers can’t see in. Alternatively, there are certain roller blind fabrics that are semi-transparent which will allow enough light through, yet still offer the required level of privacy and moisture resistance.
Watch your moisture levels
Regardless of size, your bathroom is going to be moist and humid. There will be steam from a shower and/or a bath, plus you are going to be using taps and the toilet throughout the day. All of these activities add moisture to the air, which will naturally affect a blind. This is especially true as a cold window will attract warm air within the room and condensate, adding water droplets directly on or near to your blind.
So you need to bear this in mind when choosing a particular blind. You need to consider what material it is made from and whether it is resistant to moisture. The last thing you want to do is buy a blind and within a few months find that it is stained or has attracted mould. This is only going to cost you more money to replace, so it is better to make the right choice to begin with.
When size matters
Larger bathrooms will have better ventilation, meaning that water vapour has a larger space to spread and will therefore have less of an impact on blinds. They are better able to disperse moisture due to increased air flow and ventilation. However smaller bathrooms with little or no ventilation can act like a mini steam room.
Fixtures and fittings
Bathrooms that have both a bath and shower are more likely to have excess water vapour within the room. A busy bathroom, where the shower is used two or three times in the morning, is also more susceptible to moisture entering the air. This is even more evident within a small bathroom with poor ventilation or an ineffective extraction fan.
Also, consider where fixtures are in relation to your window (and blind). If you have a bath directly beneath a window, then all of the hot steam is going to evaporate directly onto your blind. Similarly, if you have a sink beneath a window, then splashes of water can easily be transferred onto the window blind, and cause damage. So you need to consider what fixtures add moisture to your bathroom, where they are located in relation to the window, and how often they are used.
Blind choices for bathrooms
There are a variety of different blind types, all made using different types of materials. Some of these will not be suitable for a bathroom window, such as a Roman blind made of normal fabric. Whereas others made from vinyl, PVC, aluminium or faux-wood are more suited to moist environments as they don’t absorb water vapour and can easily be cleaned.
Whereas natural or real wood blinds are not suited to a bathroom environment because they can warp and swell, other types of Venetian blinds are one of the most popular choices for bathrooms. Wood-effect or aluminium Venetian blinds have the same look as real wood blinds, but they are more resilient in moist environments. Only 100% aluminium blinds are suitable for bathroom windows, so check that these have plastic, not steel, components for adjusting the tilt and position of the slats.
Alternatively, if you would prefer wooden blinds in the bathroom, there is an excellent range of faux wood Venetian blinds that are constructed using PVC. These are extremely authentic, looking as close to wood as you can get, yet they won’t absorb moisture or warp under varying bathroom temperatures.
Roller blinds are one of the more versatile blind choices for bathrooms, as they are available in a range of water-resistant vinyl or PVC fabrics. Plus, there is great colour and pattern choices with roller blinds, meaning they can match almost any bathroom style. These factors make roller blinds a great choice for a bathroom, just make sure any mechanisms are aluminium or plastic, to avoid water damage and even rust.
Roller blinds are also available in a selection of blackout fabrics, making them ideal for exposed bathrooms where privacy is a major concern. Plus they are easy to adjust and put in just the right position to provide privacy, whilst also allowing natural light to enter during daylight hours.
If you are concerned about moisture damage then we suggest going for a water-resistant material such as those available with PVC blinds. Although not needed for ventilated bathrooms, these are a great choice for humid bathrooms, where you are particularly concerned about water damaging a window blind.
When you think of bathroom blinds you might overlook vertical blinds, as most people go for a Venetian or roller option. However, nowadays a lot of vertical blinds are made from moisture-resistant PVC fabrics.
As well as being resistant to moisture they can be opened, or tilted, to let in natural daylight, yet still offer privacy. Tilting open at the right angle will let in light, whilst providing privacy from adjacent properties. Vertical blinds are also available in a range of colours, meaning they can suit most bathroom styles and colour schemes.
Lastly, if a blind slat becomes damaged then they are much easier to replace than with Venetian blinds, so you can make a replacement without any major issues.
It’s all about the moisture levels…
There are a lot of different blind types, colours and patterns you can go for in a bathroom. However, before you make your choice, just keep in mind the levels of moisture within the bathroom. Even heavily ventilated rooms will still get moist and humid, so you should never overlook the need for moisture-resistant blinds. Consider where the blind will go within the bathroom in relation to the bath, shower and sink. Afterwards, you can get to the fun part, and start to consider styles and colours.
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