When it comes to choosing window treatments for your bedroom or living area most of us already have a particular design and material in mind. However, it is far harder to decide on the right type of window treatment for a bathroom, as the environment is typically humid and moist and therefore your treatment of choice should be able to withstand this, as well as being visually pleasing. It is also likely that your window treatment will be exposed to many hours of sunlight, so the material you choose will need to be able to cope with this as well. This post will introduce you a few tips when it comes to choosing a window treatment for your bathroom.
Vinyl shades come in a huge variety of designs, but are especially known for their durability. Just the mere fact that you have so many different designs to choose from will mean that you’re bound to find something suited to your bathroom. As mentioned, your window treatments will come under attack from sunlight and moisture and therefore the fact that vinyl shades are known to be durable is a huge plus point. With that being said, if your bathroom window happens to be east or west facing it will face far more exposure to the sun and eventually this may see the sides of your shades curl up over time. It is also important to look for shades that are fade resistant in these circumstances.
As you are probably aware, there are a huge number of completely unsuitable materials for the humid environment of a bathroom, although certain varieties of curtains will still work very well. However, the best fabrics to use are the ones which are typically used on outdoor furniture, as these have been made with the elements in mind. Therefore, they are likely to fair far better against the damp conditions you will expect in the bathroom, as well as many hours exposure to the beating sun. Admittedly, curtains are probably last on everyone’s list when it comes to choosing window treatments for your bathroom, but you’ll still be surprised at the number of options available to you.
One of the best window treatments to use in bathrooms is faux wood blinds. These are basically made from a composite of plastics, although certain varieties will also encompass wood chips. However, the material used in these types of blinds is resistant to discoloring and warping, which will typically occur with many other materials when exposed to the humid conditions, moisture and indeed the sun. This is why these blinds are proving to be so popular in bathrooms, but they also look great and are therefore very visually appealing. You will notice they have slats, which can be opened when you want a little extra light in the bathroom and closed when you require some privacy. If there is one disadvantage to this type of window treatment it is that they are quite heavy, so trying to raise the blinds if you have a particularly large window area may prove to be difficult.
This post has been contributed by Nancy Baker who is a part of the administration at NY City Blinds, a company selling faux wood blinds in Manhattan. She is a complete foodie and she enjoys exploring new cultures and cuisines.
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