Bathroom Window Treatments

Abigail Sawyer | 25 Feb 2019 | Bathroom

If you’re moving into a home without any window coverings, buying blinds for the bathroom is probably at the top of your list.

When choosing bathroom window treatments, style can be a big factor, but also make sure you select a material that will hold up against high humidity.

bathroom with wood walls painted white and window with two white wood blinds

Things to Think About Before Buying Bathroom Blinds:

  • High humidity and temperature change can cause wood blinds and shutters to warp, so stick with faux wood blinds, aluminum mini blinds, or vinyl roller shades.
  • Make sure you have full window coverage for privacy, especially on the bottom floor. Top-Down/Bottom-Up treatments are a great option for the bathroom because they provide coverage at eye level but let in natural light from above. However, be aware that neighbors may be able to peer into your room from the floor above. We typically only recommend top-down/bottom-up shades for bathrooms on the top level.
  • Prevent mildew by wiping down faux wood blinds, vinyl roller shades and faux wood shutters every few months with a vinegar water solution. See more detailed instructions for cleaning real wood and fabric treatments.
  • Your bathroom windows may have permanently frosted glass. Even if you have this handy feature, you may want to add treatments on top for additional privacy or more light control.

View into window with sheer solar shade at night

The Worst Window Treatments for Bathrooms

  • Solar Shades – Think these see-through shades give privacy because you can see out during the day but outsiders cant see in? Think again. At night the one-way effect is reversed and passers-by will be able to see right in. (See above.) Instead, try roller shades which have the same minimalist look, but are completely opaque.
  • Wood Blinds and Wood Shutters – As mentioned above, real wood treatments can warp or crack in high humidity spaces. Try Faux Wood versions instead.

What Blinds are Best for Bathrooms?

Faux Wood Blinds, Faux Wood Shutters and Vinyl Roller Shades are our top ticks for bathrooms. They’re resistant to moisture damage and are easy to clean in case of mildew build up. Read on to hear about more top bathroom blinds styles and why we like them.

Faux Wood Blinds

While real wood blinds and shutters can warp or crack in humid conditions, Faux Wood Blinds are fitted with moisture-proof slats that’ll stay straight as an arrow as long as you own them. They can also be wiped down with soapy water any time to keep mildew at bay.

Faux Wood Blinds are available in a range of solid neutrals (white is the most popular by far!) or realistic wood grain finishes if you need to match stained wood trim.

wide window over bathtub covered with white faux wood blinds

2″ Premium Faux Wood Blinds in Embossed White.

bathroom with marble tile floors, wood tile walls and window covered with black blinds with cloth tapes

2″ Faux Wood Blinds in Realgrain Dark Walnut with Cloth Tapes in Night.

vintage inspired bathroom with antique mirror, mounted animal horns, subway tile and white faux wood blinds covering window

2″ Faux Wood Blinds in Smooth White. Via Little White Haus.

white and grey bathroom with white blinds in window

2″ Premium Faux Wood Blinds in White. Via Lilies and Life.

Faux Wood Shutters

Like Faux Wood Blinds, Faux Wood Shutters give windows classic style, they’re moisture resistant, and easy to clean. The advantage of shutters is that windows get a high end built-in look. They’re even said to add to the resale value of homes.

bathroom with bay window behind bathtub, covered with plantation shutters

Blinds.com Composite Shutters in Pure White.

blue and white bathroom with white shutters over window

Woodcore Faux Wood Shutters in White. 

bathroom window covered with half cafe shutters

Blinds.com Composite Shutters in Pure White.

circle window in bathroom covered with custom plantation shutters

Blinds.com Plantation Shutters – Call 800-505-1905 for custom shape orders.

Woven Wood Shades

Although susceptible to moisture damage – Woven Wood Shades one of the most popular window treatment styles for bathrooms today. They add a little texture and rustic charm to spaces that are often neutral.

Woven wood shades are especially great for bathrooms because they can be left fully lowered, but still let natural light into the room. Just be sure to add a privacy liner when you place your order as some weaves are see-through at night.

To avoid moisture damage and mildew, be sure to use the exhaust fan after every shower to help your shades fully dry.

window behind corner bathtub covered with woven wood shades and white curtains

Blinds.com Woven Wood Shades in Antigua Natural. Via Crazy Wonderful.

nautical bathroom with brown bamboo blinds and striped navy and white curtains

Levolor Natural Woven Wood Shades in Sisal Twist Banana Leaf. Via Fox Hollow Cottage.

green and white bathroom with subway tile, beadboard walls and bamboo shade over bathtub

Cordless Woven Wood Shades in Winthrop Tortoise. 

bathroom with patterned tile floor, shiplap walls and woven wood shade over window

Bali Natural Woven Wood Shades in Faroe Twine. Via houseahomenapa.

Large bathroom with white cabinets, concrete counters and brown woven shades on windows over clawfoot tub

Blinds.com Woven Wood Shades in Terra Oak. Via Shelly Hadfield

traditional bathroom with herringbone marble floors, marble vanity, brass hardware, light blue walls and tan woven shade over window

Bali Natural Woven Wood Shades in Caracas Drift. Via Cohesively Curated.

bathroom with large scale pink floral wallpaper, green door, white subway tile up wall and woven wood shades on window

Designer Woven Wood Shades in Caribbean Straw. Via takethecannoli.

woven wood shades in bathroom window with freestanding tub in niche with shelves

Levolor Natural Woven Wood Shades in Banana Sisal Twist. Via Peace in the Valley.

Roller Shades

Roller Shades have clean lines that are a great fit for modern or contemporary homes. They give windows complete coverage for privacy and are available in light filtering or blackout fabrics. Just be sure you don’t choose sheer solar fabrics as they become translucent at night.

Vinyl roller shades are an especially great choice for bathrooms and other high-humidity spaces because you can wipe them down with soapy water to prevent mildew.

Be aware that fabric roller shades may be more susceptible to mildew when used in bathrooms. Be sure to use the exhaust fan after showers to remove moisture and allow fabrics to fully dry.

wide window over bathtub covered with grey printed roller shade

Premium Natural Blackout Roller Shades in Lakeshore Blackout Haze.

midcentury bathroom with modern freestanding bathtub, glass shower enclosure, blue printed tile and white sheer roller shade over window

Blinds.com Light Filtering Roller Shades in Splendor White. Via MidMaude.

Roman Shades

Roman Shades are another style that’s trending for traditional, mid century and farmhouse inspired homes. These timeless shades will give windows softness and are available with blackout or light filtering liners so you can choose the light level that’s right for you.

With 100s of fabric options, Roman Shades are a great choice if you want to add some visual interest to your space. Order free fabric samples to find the pattern or solid that matched your space.

If you plan to keep your shades lowered all the time for privacy, consider a hobbled fold. This will create loops in the fabric so it won’t look flat when lowered.

Be aware that fabric window treatments may be more susceptible to mildew when used in bathrooms. Be sure to use the exhaust fan after showers to remove moisture and allow fabrics to fully dry.

black and white bathroom with black roman shade on window

Premium Roman Shades in Wilmington Ebony. Via Mary Ellen Arnold.

traditional bathroom with dark wood storage cabinet, built-in bathtub and white roman shade with grey ribbon trim on window

Premium Roman Shades in Rio Winter White with Edge Banding in Pebble. Via Susie Harris.

bathroom window covered with roman shades with green botanical fern print

Premier Roman Shades in Flora Moss.

bathroom window covered with roman shade in grey woven fabric

Casual Classic Roman Shades in Dunes Stone.

traditional bathroom with small window covered with white roman shades with embroidered trellis pattern

Premium Roman Shades – similar fabric Lattice Sunsplash.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades are a great choice for bathrooms. They provide complete privacy while letting in natural light (or keeping it out if you choose a blackout shade) and they provide extra insulation so those winter mornings aren’t quite so brisk.

Be aware that fabric window treatments may be more susceptible to mildew when used in bathrooms. Be sure to use the exhaust fan after showers to remove moisture and allow fabrics to fully dry.

traditional bathroom with freestanding tub and white cellular shades on window with top down option

Light Filtering Cellular Shades in Glacier. 

window over built in marble bathtub covered with light blue cellular shades

Levolor Light Filtering Cellular Shades in Designer Textures Aqua.

Still Shopping?

If you still haven’t found the right fit, try Roller Shades, Aluminum Blinds, or Roman Shades in the bathroom. They all provide great privacy and light control – just take the necessary steps to prevent mildew as with any other window covering.

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for Blinds.com. She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw