Bathrooms are not usually given the same attention that we devote to the rest of the house. Renovating a bathroom can be expensive. But there are different ways you can convert a drab and boring bathroom into a charming space with very little expenditure and effort. But any change you wish to implement has to be done while keeping some practicalities in mind.
When it comes to the bathroom, you need an exact blend of practicality and style to create that perfect look. The bathroom is the one room that can be styled up a bit differently from the rest of the house, as you don’t spend a lot of time in there. Wall, window treatment, cabinets, and accessories, can all be used to add a bit of spice into the room.
But look is not the only parameter. You also have to consider the practicalities. Bathroom furnishings are exposed to a much higher level of steam and humidity, than any other room in the house. The evidence of this is seen in the condensation that gathers on bathroom windows.
This is the reason why bathroom fittings need to be highly moisture-resistant. The same goes for bathroom blinds. Any other window treatment will soon warp or develop mildew if they are exposed to such high-moisture conditions. Other than moisture, you also need to take into account privacy and light factors. You need natural light to keep the bathroom bright and dry, which might clash with your privacy requirements. Let’s look at some blinds that tick all the right boxes.
Venetian blinds are the most practical option. They come in every possible shade, are highly durable and have a high resistance to moisture. The best thing about these blinds is that they can be custom made to fit into windows of all sizes.
The material also gives it high durability, even if they get long exposure to the sun. They are easy to clean; all you need is soapy water and a sponge. When it comes to light control, aluminum blinds give you the flexibility of adjusting the angle of the blinds to let in as much light you desire. The high number of slats also provides good privacy, even when they are open. You can also position the slats in such a way that enough light comes in, but the view remains obstructed. Aluminum blinds give the room a sleek, well-defined look, which will go with most designs.
Roller shades are the most popular choice, mostly due to the sheer variety of fabric and design they have to offer. Go for vinyl roller shades, which are highly resistant to moisture and last a long time without losing any of its color or shine.
Roller shades are very easy to operate and maintain. You can choose to position them at any level to suit your light and privacy requirements. When closed, they provide great cover, which is an added bonus if you want to add an extra layer of insulation over your window. This will keep the heat in and keep your bathroom warm and toasty.
Mirage blinds, also known as day-and-night blinds, can be a cool addition to your bathroom. They look different and have functionalities that set them apart from all other traditional blinds. Mirage blind is a kind of hybrid of the roller and Venetian blinds. It consists of two layers. The first layer consists of Venetian slats which can be positioned to let beams of natural light. The second layer is made up of a sheer fabric that gives privacy during the day. At night, you can close all the slats to cut off the visibility completely from outside.
Both the fabric layers allow some light to pass through, which is a must-have for bathrooms. However, for greater privacy, position the slats to overlap each other.
The beauty of mirage blind is in its operation. Like roller blinds, these blinds can be lowered and positioned at will. Mirage blinds are also easy to clean. A simple dusting or vacuuming is all you need to keep them spick and span.
Faux Wood Blinds
Faux wood blinds are a very good option if you want a traditional, classy look. Faux wood looks like original wood but comes at a much lower price. Unlike wood, faux wood blinds have a high tolerance for humidity. They don’t warp or crack, and last looking new for a long time.
Faux wood blinds are available in natural wood textures and a variety of colors. These blinds are also good for privacy and light control.
As we are discussing a unique look for your bathroom, why not go for vertical blinds? Not a usual choice for bathrooms, but if your bathroom has a large window, you would want to let in as much natural light as possible. Dress them up in vertical blinds and see the difference.
Vertical blinds make a room much taller, which is a great advantage for those small, tiny bathrooms. Vertical blinds are also great for privacy. The slats stand parallel to each other and can be positioned to cut off the view. As the slats are much bigger than horizontal blinds, it offers more flexibility in adjusting the light filtration, without compromising on the privacy.
Another type of blind you might consider is pleated blinds. These blinds are suitable for humid conditions.
The pleated blinds add a unique look to the room, especially when they are closed. If you use semi-transparent sheer shades, your bathroom will be awash with light, while your blind keeps the interior out of view.
Blinds to Avoid
Moisture is the primary reason why some kinds of blinds should not be used in bathrooms. The most names on the list include real wood blinds, curtains, and roman blinds, to name a few.
Spice up your bathroom with one of the above-mentioned blinds and transform the most-neglected room into the latest sensation.