Design:

Choose the right window treatment for your bathroom

Dress your bathroom window beautifully with our guide to the best choices around

Whether you decide on a blind, shutters or to leave it bare, your bathroom window deserves a bit of attention to make it a stylish part of your scheme. Here’s all you need to know.

Leave the bathroom window undressed

If you don’t need to spare your own blushes, or those of neighbours or passers-by, then leaving your window undressed is a great option. It’ll maximise the light coming into your room, making the bathroom feel bigger [link to feature] and focus attention on the view outside

Pros

• Boutique country hotel look
• You can spend all of your budget on the bathroom suite and floor and wall tiles
• Helps keep the overall effect sleek and fuss-free

Cons

• Only for bathrooms that aren’t overlooked. If it’s an option you’re not sure about, bear in mind that although you might be concealed when the light’s off, it could be different when it’s switched on
• You’re missing out on an opportunity to add a contrasting texture to your scheme, so you’ll need to think about where else you might want to add this

Bernini Range, Bathrooms.com

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Use window film

Applied directly to the glass, window film can provide just the level of privacy you need and won’t be affected by condensation. You can choose a plain film, or pretty up your room with a patterned design.

Pros

• Easy to apply and can be removed if you want to swap the design at a later stage
• Can be used on the lower half of a window only if this is all that’s needed to preserve your modesty
• Can be used near a bath without getting in the way

Cons

• Won’t soften the look of your window, so you might want something different in a traditional bathroom
• Doesn’t insulate your window
• Not flexible. You can’t adjust it or direct light

Window film, Purlfrost

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Fit shutters in your bathroom

Whether your bathroom has classic style or a contemporary aesthetic, shutters make a fantastic window treatment. They look smart, and slatted – rather than solid – panels are adjustable, creating privacy when you need it, but letting in light, too.

Pros

• A fuss-free way to dress up windows
• Choice of finishes and colours
• You can pick from café style, which cover the lower half of the window, full height, or tier on tier with top and bottom panels opening separately if you have a big window

Cons
• Wood shutters may be affected by a bathroom that has high condensation, so you’ll need to pick a special bathroom-suitable shutter
• More costly than many other treatments

Shutter, The California Company

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Go for neat Venetian blinds

Easy to adjust, Venetian blinds are perfect for a bathroom. Pick from metal, wood or a waterproof wood lookalike if your window treatment is going to get splashed. They’re a great way to add, for example, an organic element to your scheme, or an on-trend block of colour.

Pros

• Different slat sizes available: the wider the slat, the more you can reveal the view and let in the light
• Designs available to sit flush against uPVC windows without drilling
• Smart effect

Cons

• You’ll need to ensure that any blind cord can’t be reached by small children. Fit a safety device, or look for designs with concealed cords or safety features if you have little ones
• Don’t allow you to introduce pattern to your scheme

Illusions Venetian blind, Hillarys

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Opt for bathroom roller blinds

Roller blinds are a simple but effective solution for dressing a bathroom window, and can be unobtrusive – continuing the colour of your walls – or add an accent of colour or a splash of pattern to a plain bathroom scheme.

Pros

• Rollers can be fitted to the lower half of the window so bathtime is an audience-free affair, but the remainder of the window is uncovered to let in light
• You can pick a pretty floral motif for a country-style bathroom, graphic pattern for a contemporary look, and so on
• Pulled right up, roller blinds take up very little space so daylight won’t be impeded during the times when privacy isn’t an issue

Cons

• Their flat finish might be too plain for your tastes
• No ability to adjust light flow – you can only choose between blocking or not blocking areas or the whole window

Santana roller blind, Digetex Home

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