Choosing the right bathroom blinds can be a bit more complicated than choosing blinds for other applications, as there is more to consider. The moisture and humidity innate to most bathrooms is a big factor and may mean you have to rule out some types of blinds entirely.
Your choices might also be narrowed down if there’s a chance the blind itself might get wet, such as if your bathroom window is very close to the bath or shower, or even if it’s not but your children think that bath time secretly means “recreate Waterworld.”
To further compound matters, even the fact that bathrooms tend to be warm or subject to a reasonable degree of temperature fluctuation between when they’re in use and when they’re not can affect the lifespan and appearance of your bathroom window blinds too!
So, what’s the right choice when it comes to bathroom blinds? Even if you’re factoring in all of the above variables, you still have quite a few options.
How humid is your bathroom, and are your blinds going to get wet?
First, up think about what your bathroom blinds are going to have to deal with. Are they likely to get damp or outright wet such as might happen in a wet room, is your bathroom particularly steamy or does humidity take a long time to clear, and how much control do you want to have over light filtering and privacy?
Information like this will help to point you in the right direction.
For blinds that are likely to get wet regularly or deal with a lot of moisture in the air, the best option is to pick PVC and vinyl blinds (which means PVC roller blinds or PVC vertical blinds), or faux-wood blinds, which are highly water resistant (but might not take an actual dunking on a regular basis).
These three types of blinds alone give you a huge range of options in every sense, from the degree of control (by means of tilt/slant options on vertical blinds or faux-wood slatted blinds) to the colours, patterns, and finishes. Roller and vertical blinds are also available in blackout options too; and all three types of bathroom blinds are wipeable and can be washed off when a more thorough cleaning is needed.
Blinds for bathrooms that don’t get soaked when in use
For blinds that might get wet on occasion and/or that are going to be hung in humid bathrooms, your options expand to include aluminium Venetian window blinds; these are resistant to both water and condensation, and once more, can just be wiped clean when needed. Like wooden Venetian blinds, their slats can be tilted to filter light or offer just the right degree of privacy without blocking out the outside world entirely.
Blinds for less humid or very well-ventilated bathrooms
When you start getting into the realms of bathrooms that are larger (particularly with higher ceilings, good ventilation, and the bath or shower itself some distance to the windows) your options expand once more. Real wooden blinds are perfectly well suited to bathrooms where they are unlikely to get wet directly and won’t deal with a high degree of humidity; if you’re unsure, however, it is best to chose a faux-wood alternative, as too much exposure to wet or damp can cause real wooden blinds to warp over time.
Finally, if you want your bathroom to look super-luxurious and your room ticks all of the above boxes on size, ventilation, and distance between window and water, Roman blinds for bathrooms really are Peak Style Goals (just ask Insta). Roman blinds can also be made in blackout options, and are available in an extensive range of styles and designs, from vintage embroidered fabrics to contemporary, bold modern finishes.
Whatever type of bathroom blinds you’re considering, we offer an unlimited number of free fabric samples to help you to make the right choice, and can steer you in the right direction if you’re after some help in ensuring you pick the best bathrooms blinds for your own unique application.