What Blinds Work the Best in Bathrooms?

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Bathroom blinds offer more than just privacy. They can also add a unique element of design, softness or color to your space. And with so many options, choosing blinds can be a fun and creative process.

But, when it comes to choosing bathroom blinds, practicality is important. The bathroom is a wet, humid area so using the right materials are key. You also need something that is easy to operate with wet hands.

Finally, think about cleaning. Almost all bathrooms experience mold and mildew to some degree, so choose something you can make sure stays sparkling clean.

What blinds are best for a bathroom?

In the bathroom, moisture rules. Whether from steam or splashes, know that your blinds are going to get wet. So make that you don’t install bathroom blinds (or anything else) that does not handle moisture well.

Some people may be surprised to learn that bathroom blinds made out of wood are generally a poor choice for this reason. Over time, wooden blinds can easily warp and decay from prolonged exposure to water.

Fabric window coverings are also not usually a good choice either, as they risk mold and mildew buildup. However, light fabrics may be OK. Especially in large bathrooms where windows are positioned well away from water.

In general, bathroom blinds that are made from moisture-resistant material will be the ideal choice. Faux wood blinds, faux wood shutters, vinyl roller shades and aluminum blinds are all top picks. But there are many, many more.

Best bathroom blinds choices

Faux wood blinds

Real wood blinds and shutters can warp or crack in humid conditions. But faux wood blinds come with moisture-proof slats that’ll stay straight and warp-free for as long as you own them. They can also be wiped down with soapy water for easy cleaning.

Faux wood blinds are available in a range of colors and realistic wood grain finishes. Meaning you’ll find just the look you’re after.

Faux wood shutters

Faux wood shutters are classy and classic. Like blinds, they give privacy and are easy to clean. They’re a great choice if you’re looking to amp up your style with a statement window treatment.

Roller blinds

Roller blinds are easy to use and offer great privacy. Better yet, they won’t warp and are pretty easy to wash and maintain. Choose a light fabric or one made from waterproof materials.

Aluminum blinds

Aluminum blinds in the bathroom are a great choice. They offer clean, straight lines and are fully rust-resistant. They’re also very durable. Meaning they will last for years.

Venetian blinds

Venetian blinds are one of the oldest and most elegant blinds. Available in a variety of material choices including synthetic fabrics, Venetian blinds can be a great style addition to your bathroom. Make sure you go for a synthetic fabric that is water-resistant and can withstand prolonged exposure to moisture.

Woven wood shades

Although moisture damage can be a problem, this is still a popular choice of bathroom blind. Woven wood shades add a little texture and rustic charm. They also add an element of warmth and a more artisanal feel.

Woven wood shades are especially great for bathrooms because they can be left fully lowered and still let in natural light. Just be sure to add a privacy liner as some weaves are see-through at night.

To avoid moisture damage and mildew, be sure to open a window or use the exhaust fan after every shower to help these shades fully dry.

Roman shades

Roman shades are another popular choice for mid-century and farmhouse-inspired homes. They add softness and are available with blackout or light-filtering liners. Meaning that you can choose the light level that’s right for you.

Special requirements for bathroom blinds

Depending on whether you stay in a house or apartment, and whether your bathroom level is on the ground level or higher up, the orientation of your bathroom blinds will play a big part in how much privacy they provide.

For this reason, vertical window coverings can have some privacy issues for some people. So think about what your bathroom window faces out onto.

To ensure complete privacy, you should also opt for window treatments that also offer excellent light control. Sheer blinds may not be a good choice. Blackout window coverings provide the best light control. Yet there are also light-filtering options if you want to allow some diffused light inside the bathroom.

Time to decorate

Whatever your style, there are a variety of bathroom blinds out there designed to match your needs and price point - take a look at our selection. So think a little about the feel you’re trying to create in your bathroom: clean and crisp or warm and inviting? Sterile and minimalist or full of natural textures? Answering questions like these will help you zero in on the right choice for you.