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Unique Ideas For Bathroom Blinds

While perhaps not the most viewed room in the house, adding the right kind of bathroom blinds can really make a difference when it comes to improving the overall ambiance and appeal of any bathroom.  Too often, little thought is given when it comes to choosing blinds for a bathroom, leading to poor choices being made.

Décor
Do something a little different and liven up your bathroom by doing simple things such as choosing colored blinds that match the room’s décor.  You do not have to choose subtle colors either. In fact, if your bathroom is a blend of creams and other subdued colors you may find that choosing a bright, bold blind really helps bring out colors that may otherwise be missed. Find a blind that matches the light colored flowers on the tiles in the bathroom rather than opting for plain white or cream blinds. Go with horizontal strips for a snazzy, modern look.

Humidity and Steam
Bathrooms tend to be one of the more humid rooms in a home, due to the amount of water used and the steam that is produced when showering or bathing. Because of this it is important to chose blinds made from a material that will not easily mildew or become damaged by these higher humidity levels. Look for blinds made from moisture resistant material that are easy to wipe clean; there will probably be plenty of splashes of soap, conditioner, shaving cream and other substances ending up on your blinds.  If you opt for blinds made from fabric, choose those made from machine washable fabrics and look for ones with the color-fast label.

Plantation Shutters or Wood Blinds
Although people usually opt for a more simple blind for their bathroom, such as a roller blind, more and more people are investing in shutters and wood blinds. Again, you do have to be careful if opting for wood blinds or shutters for a bathroom as too much humidity and moisture can cause the wood to swell or crack. Look for basswood blinds or shutters that have been kiln dried if you go for this option, it should be able to stand up to the humidity well.  You can also find vinyl shutters that do find in this type of environment and that have the added plus of being extremely easy to clean.

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Privacy
Understandably, privacy in a bathroom is very important. Depending on the size and location of your windows, merely depending on frosted glass or frosted film to provide the privacy needed may not be sufficient. By the same token, you do not want blinds that must be closed entirely in order to provide you with privacy unless you are content to continually open and close the blinds and always shower with your overhead light on.  Venetian blinds are a popular choice, especially because the blinds can be partially closed to where they still allow some light to enter into the room yet effectively shut out any view.

Most Popular Bathroom Blinds
While there are plenty of options for bathroom blinds, the most popular choices include vertical blinds and venetian blinds. Roller blinds are another popular choice as they are very easy to open and close and they are available in a multitude of different patterns and colors.

Quick Tips When Shopping For Bathroom Blinds

  • Look for water resistant blinds.
  • Avoid blinds or curtains made from heavy materials as they tend to become easily mildewed.
  • If you have a small bathroom, windows close to the shower or the sink or small children opt for blinds that are easy to clean.
  • When buying wood blinds for your bathroom, get those made from kiln dried basswood.

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