Bathroom Window Treatments

The bathroom window treatments should add a touch of luxury without compromising on the functionality and the maintenance of the windows.

Bathroom is a hot and humid place. Everything is exposed to a much higher level of moisture here. The window coverings and treatments there should be chosen to comply with this condition.

To withstand the onslaught of steam and moisture, fabrics should be robust and sturdy. Stout linen or tightly woven cotton can be used effectively as fabrics for bathroom window coverings. It is even better if the material is waterproof or at least damp-proof.

Bathrooms are invariably steamy and damp places. Here hygiene is the main concern. Considering these factors, it seems to be counter-intuitive to use fabrics there at all.

On the other hand, fabrics helps to soften the starkness of hard surfaces like ceramic and enamel. It provides an element of refined luxury in a very functional space.

Synthetic fabrics like PVC, nylon or polyester can be used for window coverings if the window is very close to the water spillage area.

Privacy is of utmost importance in a bathroom, specially if the window faces a street or a nearby neighborhood. Window coverings are done primarily to protect the privacy and control the amount of light coming in.

Whenever using a bathroom, we require the screening effects of a curtain or blind. It makes sense to have a solution that is in place all the time and that works equally well for the day time and night time.

For bathroom window coverings, sheers are a natural lightweight choice. But light can make lightly gathered sheer fabrics like lace, muslin or net revealingly transparent at night. Using heavily gathered sheers will significantly reduce the natural light during the day.

Having a layered treatment could be an optimal solution. For example, you can use a roller blind coupled with lightly gathered curtains.

Using top-down-bottom shades is a good way to have the privacy, while letting in the natural light. The shades can be raised from the bottom of the window up to any desired position.

The curtain or blind used for the window treatment should not interfere with the smooth operation of the window, specially if that is the only source of ventilation there.

Different bathroom window coverings include curtains, drapes, blinds, shades, valances etc. Keep your needs and requirements, the bathroom design and the amount of light filtering in mind while choosing the type and style of window coverings.

Finally, bathroom window treatments should complement the bathroom decor, meet the privacy requirements and should be able to withstand the hot, humid and steamy conditions there.

Sushil Wadhwa

Sushil Wadhwa
Architect, Interior Designer, creator of Homes and Interiors... more.