In terms of refurbishment and decoration, the bathroom has its own set of requirements which set it apart from other rooms of the house. As well as the fact that it’s one of the most used domestic living spaces, its unique environment demands that any decorating project is planned carefully. Humidity and air-born moisture means that window treatments should be able to withstand what is essentially quite a harsh micro-climate, while at the same time maintaining privacy levels. For many, window blinds are the obvious choice because of their durability. However, not all are suited to bathroom use. Here are a few things to consider before making a purchase.
The Problem of Humidity
Humidity is a common occurrence in bathrooms, particularly after a shower or bath when air-moisture levels tend to get pretty high. Over long periods of time, this can cause mildew, mold and fungus growth which can of course be rather unhealthy. In addition, these unpleasant build-ups often accumulate near windows so it’s extra important to choose a window treatment that is water-resistant.
Humidity levels depend on a bathroom’s square footage. Spacious bathrooms are better able to disperse moisture due to increased air flow. This allows for a certain degree of flexibility when choosing window treatments. Some might be tempted to take a leap of faith and go with standard window blinds, especially if moisture build-up doesn’t seem to be evident. It is however, pretty rare for a bathroom to be completely devoid of moisture, no matter how large the space is or how effective the ventilation system. It’s therefore advisable to proceed with caution. But for smaller spaces, it is absolutely essential to install moisture-resistant window blinds.
It’s fair to say that fabric blinds aren’t the most obvious choice when it comes to choosing moisture-resistant window blinds. Most fabrics tend to become warped or discoloured when exposed to water on a regular basis. But nowadays, most fabric window blinds are specially treated to provide protection against warping and discolouration. So they’re built to last, regardless of moisture levels. Aluminium blinds offer a useful alternative and are great for resisting water contamination, especially mold. Wood blinds may also be worth considering. However, those products which use natural materials should perhaps be avoided as they tend to swell and warp when exposed to excessive moisture. Instead, look for Faux wood blinds – they are a good substitute and bear a very close resemblance to the real thing.
Privacy is an important consideration in any bathroom. So unless frosted glass is installed, blinds are probably the best way to go. Venetian blinds are pretty effective at maintaining privacy levels while retaining natural light at the same time, provided they’re adjusted correctly. However, roller blinds are probably more useful in terms of ensuring privacy because they offer a more substantial covering. They also don’t block the light out completely, especially versions made from sheer or voile fabrics.