Guest Blogger: How to Select the Right Window Treatments for Your Bathroom
Guest Blogger #800, Entry #1893, December 1, 2012
As any homeowner knows, half the fun of moving into a new place is decorating in order to make your living space your own. You want it to reflect your personal style and give you a feeling of familiarity and comfort every time you walk in the door. But even if you have a strong aesthetic sensibility, a highly-developed personal style, and a fair amount of knowledge when it comes to decorating, you might face some problem areas when it comes to selecting appropriate décor. And one of the major issues that many homeowners come up against when adorning their interior space is the conundrum of how to treat the bathroom windows. If you’ve tried metal blinds then you’ve no doubt discovered that moisture can cause them to rust. And most curtains will mold over time from the steam. So what can you do to provide some coverage in the room in your house where you likely want it most? Here are a few tips to help you select the right window treatments for your bathroom.
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Provide ample coverage
There are generally three main goals when it comes to treating the windows in your bathroom. First, you want to supply ample coverage so that nobody can see in. Second, you want to ensure that you can still enjoy the natural light that filters in. This is especially useful for women who put on their makeup in this room, since it’s always best to apply it under natural illumination (if possible). Finally, you want to find materials that are going to stand up to long-term exposure to heat and moisture, since these elements are common in bathrooms. Luckily, you’re not the first person to face this decorating problem, so you don’t exactly have to reinvent the wheel here. There are several solutions that will meet all of your needs.
Window film ideas
The easiest and cheapest option is to create an etched-glass effect using window film. It comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and levels of opacity, it’s available at most hardware stores (and online), and as window treatments go it is decidedly low on the cost spectrum. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to install. You can trim down sheets to cover your whole window or use pre-made patterns to get a custom look with little effort on your part. Then all you do is peel and stick to obscure the view through your windows. The only real problem is that you can’t exactly pull it aside if you want to let more light in, and this film will dilute the light to some degree. Also, it won’t entirely block the view. Those looking in won’t get an eyeful of your goodies, but they could likely see shapes moving around, especially if there are gaps in the pattern.
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If you want total control over the amount of light and visibility into your bathroom, your best bet is going to be blinds. You can certainly use plastic-coated curtains or cut a small section from a plastic shower curtain to hang in the window, but this isn’t going to look very attractive and frankly, these curtains are a pain in the neck to clean. However, you can order custom blinds online to save some money. And if you opt for plastic options they will resist the rust that affects metal blinds as well as the mold, mildew, and warping that can ruin wooden options, making them an ideal window treatment for your bathroom.
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