There’s no doubt that the blinds industry has exploded over recent years; so much so that we’re absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a window treatment. For most rooms in our homes, it all revolves around aesthetics and what looks best in front of our windows. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the bathroom.
This is a room where style doesn’t necessarily go out of the window (excuse the pun), but it plays second fiddle to practicality. Choose the wrong type of blind and it’s back to store for a second time, as you pay for your second set of blinds in a matter of months. Get it right, and you can benefit from them for years.
So, what really is different about the set of bathroom blinds? Hopefully, it goes without saying that moisture is the big issue here and while your set of fabric Roman blinds might look a picture in your living room, in the bathroom they’re the last thing you’ll need. Any splashes will take an age to dry, while even if you do avoid any accidents there’s always the small issue of condensation to consider. In other words, they will get damp, and this won’t only ruin their appearance over time but also cause that damp odor that we all detest.
As you can decipher from the above, we therefore need something that is susceptible to water. We also require a set of blinds that will be easy to maintain in the case of a spillage – but that’s not all.
Something else that makes the blind buying process for bathrooms even more difficult is the fact that what goes on behind these windows should stay behind these windows. What we’re trying to say is that you need to block visibility by whatever possible means – and some blinds just don’t allow for this.
Of course, you might be in the fortunate position of having frosted glass. In these cases there’s little to consider, but if you’re not in this boat then your choices are more limited. You now require something that is able to repel, or at least cope, with large amounts of moisture, allow for privacy and still let you shower in natural daylight. Suddenly, it all seems like a tall order.
Fortunately, we’re talking about an industry which is one of the fastest moving ones in the interior designs field. The amount of styles and types of blinds that have been developed over the years are immense and we’ll now reel off just some of the examples that could benefit you.
Aluminum and PVC blinds are probably the most popular choices here, simply because they are easy to clean and comfortably satisfy all of the above problems we discussed. Recently, manufacturers have released a faux wood style as well – with this resembling real wood in every way apart from the cost and its resistance to moisture. The faux material copes brilliantly with water and if you are looking for a more traditional appearance, it could be another solution.
All of the above options can arrive in vertical or horizontal slats – which also tackle the issue of allowing natural light into the room. It means that while you may have umpteen factors to consider when buying bathroom blinds, you also have plenty of product types to choose from.