In the realm of architectural bathroom design, ensuring an ideal equilibrium between privacy and natural exposure is paramount. The selection of window treatments, such as blinds or curtains, plays a pivotal role in achieving this balance. Given the vast array of options available, making an informed choice can be daunting. This guide elucidates essential considerations for homeowners and architects alike, ensuring that one’s bathroom windows are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional. Delve into the nuances of blinds and curtains to determine the most suitable option for your space.
Blinds Or Curtains For Your Bathroom?
Both bathroom curtains and bathroom blinds come with their own sets of advantages and disadvantages in terms of maintenance, privacy, fittings, and so on. In the following sections, we discuss some of the pros and cons to help you decide.
Many homeowners consider blinds to be a practical option, simply because they offer greater control over privacy and the amount of light coming in. But that’s not all; the varied materials and colors can do wonders for your bathroom decor.
Let’s take a look at the various advantages of having blinds in your bathroom.
Although blinds aren’t resistant to all mold and grime, they require less time and effort on your part for maintenance. Unlike curtains, you don’t need to take them off the window, unless you’re going for a thorough cleaning session. Just run a cloth over the closed slats every now and then to get rid of the dust and moisture.
Moreover, choosing the right kind of material will further cut down on your cleaning efforts. For instance, aluminum blinds are built for rust resistance and long-lasting use. Plus, they are available in multiple colors to suit varied setups. But if you aren’t in the mood for metal, less absorptive acrylic blinds will also do the job without requiring much cleaning effort.
In case of damage, you can replace an individual slat or two without replacing the whole unit.
When it comes to privacy, we only have good things to say. Since blinds don’t dance to the rhythm of the wind but stay firm, you can keep the windows open without compromising privacy.
Furthermore, there are different setup options that allow more light and air to enter. By mounting the blinds at the bottom half (a little above mid-way) of the window, you can leave plenty of space at the top for light to enter.
Besides, the natural bright light will come in handy when putting on makeup or shaving. And after a long day at work, close the blinds to enjoy a peaceful shower time.
Roller blinds, in particular, virtually eliminate all light from entering the window. They feature a curtain-like design, which will please those who want full privacy without hanging traditional curtains.
If you’re in the mood to spend more, opt for automatic, remote-controlled blinds to have customized light and air intake at your fingertips.
Measuring your windows for fitting blinds is a relatively simple process. Just hold your measuring tape from one end to the other, and you’re done. Thus, custom-made blinds fit your windows like nothing else. Moreover, there are no complicated considerations, like the fabric shrinking.
It’s now time to assess the potential disadvantages of having blinds in your bathroom.
Although it is a good option to amp up the decor, materials like wood aren’t bathroom-friendly by any means. Tiny cracks in wooden blinds allow the moisture to settle, which ultimately leads to warping. And once that happens, there’s no other option apart from replacing them altogether.
Hence, we’d recommend going for bamboo slats or a faux wooden finish that renders similar looks, minus the hassle.
Sheer or light-filtering blinds can hamper your privacy to an extent. Sheer blinds offer less resistance to outside view, especially at night. Likewise, light-filtering blinds create a silhouette when you stand near the window.
Fitting window blinds includes more or less the same initial steps, viz. marking and installing the window brackets. However, you have to be careful while installing the top rail of the blind since improper fitting can affect its smooth movement.
Although curtains may sometimes be considered a more conventional option, the variations in fabric, patterns, designs, and textures are more than capable of matching modern setups.
So, why are curtains preferred? Let’s take a look!
You don’t have to spare additional time for washing your curtains; just put them in the washing machine on your weekly laundry day. On top of that, stubborn stains and grease can usually be cleaned with two simple things – hot water and soap. We’d advise going for a thinner fabric, as it’s resistant to mold and is easier to wash.
Another advantage of having curtains is that there’s no need to take off the whole thing if you notice a small tear. Using a needle and thread, you can sew the said area. And if you’re feeling creative, use fabric patches to convert your boring curtain into a piece of modern artwork!
Curtains made from a thick fabric like poplin or acrylic provide optimum privacy even against bright lights. But if you want to go for a thinner material, there’s the option of layering multiple curtains, so that you don’t have to sacrifice light and air. In addition, the various patterns also aid privacy by minimizing shadows.
Don’t worry if you’re not an expert at measuring. In case you have bought a slightly bigger curtain compared to your window, you can use various tools (like pleater tapes or hooks) to create pleats. This way, the extra fabric gets adjusted.
Plus, it also helps block more light, which reduces the chance of creating a silhouette, even if the fabric is thin or sheer.
Here are the most common problems that homeowners face when installing curtains in their bathrooms.
Heavy-duty fabrics require considerable cleaning effort, and they don’t dry as quickly either. Beyond that, there’s the risk of bleeding colors, resulting in color transfer between clothes in the washing machine.
Furthermore, there are many such variants, which are ‘dry-clean only’, thereby putting more strain on your pocket. And we aren’t even talking about the time lost traveling back and forth to the dry cleaners!
Thinner curtains may be easy to maintain, but they aren’t as effective in protecting privacy, especially with the breeze. Thus, you have to ensure that the windows are closed on windy days. This can also result in a hotter bathroom as the steam from hot water gets trapped inside.
As far as fitting is concerned, there are two main concerns that we’d like to address. Firstly, if you’re buying off-the-shelf curtains, getting the correct fit can be rather tricky. While larger curtains can still be fixed using pleats, shorter curtains will serve virtually no purpose if not layered.
Secondly, titling windows presents a different challenge altogether as you’ll have to figure out the ideal rail placement to accommodate the curtains properly.
Now that you have a fair idea about blinds and curtains, we are sure taking that final call will be somewhat easy.
If you ask us, we’d say that the choice largely depends on your needs. While blinds facilitate greater user control, bathroom curtains can be layered to create the perfect balance between privacy and light.
No matter what you choose, here’s a pro tip before we wrap up today’s guide. Dark colors and deep shades make the interior more uplifting, while lighter shades are ideal for promoting a sense of calm. On the other hand, neutral shades are more adaptable to future changes in your bathroom’s color scheme.
Till next time, stay safe!