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One Room At A Time: Bathroom Window Treatments

When it comes to window treatments in your bathroom, there are a few more things to take into consideration than in most rooms. Although it is a completely possible project, there are a few more challenges that you need to take into account. We have tried to help you out by taking a few of these and presenting solutions for each.
– Moisture. – Moisture, moisture, moisture. Definitely, the number one problem to take into consideration is how much moisture is in your bathroom. Do your mirrors fog up when you are taking a shower? Are your windows in close enough proximity to your shower to get splashed – even if only on occasion? Is your window directly located above a tub/jacuzzi where steam will be getting to your window treatments? Is your window located in the shower (if you’re in New England, there’s a pretty good chance of that)? If you answered yes to any of these questions – you will end up having a moisture issue of some sort, eventually. The best option to counteract this situation would be a vinyl option. The most popular solution are faux wood blinds. Not only are they made out of PVC, but they are extremely durable, and can be wiped down easily for cleaning. They allow for privacy, darkening, or a decent amount of light based on how you end up tilting them open/closed. A vinyl roller shade is also an option, although is generally room darkening, and you don’t necessarily want or need your bathroom to be dark.

– Ability to clean. – Aside from the basic moisture, being able to clean the window treatment in the bathroom is generally a plus. From fingerprints, usually dirty from before a shower, to the dust that collects due to moisture in the air, there are a few considerations. A lot of beauty products, for example, hairsprays, spray in conditioners, and body sprays/colognes can leave a sticky feeling on window treatments fairly quickly. This being said, the options listed above still remain as the best solutions, as vinyl is also the easiest material to clean.

– Privacy and Light. – It’s a bathroom, so obviously you are hoping no one can see you! But, considering that the bathroom is generally the smallest room in the house, you don’t want to make the room any more closed in than necessary. In the past (more than likely your grandmother’s house), curtains were a go-to solution – but really who has time anymore to take down curtains, wash them, and iron them. If the previously mentioned issues are not a concern in your room, pleated and cellular shades are great options, because when they are covering the windows they still filter in the natural light. If the above issues are a concern, stick to a blind that you can tilt open and closed.

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One Room At A Time: Bathroom Trends

As we discussed in bedroom trends, there are also a variety of new trends for bathrooms in 2017, although a lot of trends from 2016 seem to be repeating again this year. Which is great news if you just remodeled last year! If not, we have gathered a variety of the trends to share with you.
– Bring the feel of nature into your bathroom. You can keep it simple and bring some plants into the room – not only to provide a look but it is good for the air in the room! Also gaining popularity is bringing a wood look into the room, either through a “wood look” tile floor or through a natural wood vanity. One of the more popular trends this year is using a stone tile, most often on the shower floor, or as an accent in any tile throughout the room.
– Add some drama to the room. The most common way is through tiles, which has really expanded recently with bolder patterns and colors. Adding glass accents can also add a dramatic look, whether through shower doors, or even tiles. Metallic accents are also back this year (a change from the more matted styles that had become popular in recent years) and can be added fairly easily through basic bathroom accessories, or even by replacing something as simple as toilet paper/towel holders.
– Stick with neutrals. Gray remains the most popular color to use throughout your decorating, but some pale pastels are joining as new neutrals as well. Don’t mistake pastels for Easter egg colors, rather than whites with a hint of color added to give some warmth to the space.some pale pastels are joining as new neutrals as well. Don’t mistake pastels for Easter egg colors, rather than whites with a hint of color added to give some warmth to the space.
– Making the shower the statement of the room. Showers with glass walls, and large bold tiles. They are often accented with smaller glass tiles, either in a small border or to separate a storage area (soap, shampoo, etc). Adding large metallic fixtures as well give the shower a very high end finish.
Although a lot of the trends for this year are on the more expensive side, if you are looking for a simple update, or a less expensive change, you can always pull some inspiration from these styles. Keep in mind you can only do so many updates a year, and maybe 2017 isn’t the year for your bathroom.

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Bathrooms What Really Works

The one room in your house where you need privacy the most, often is the one room in the house where you have no idea what to cover your windows with! Bathrooms pose a lot of problems, number one being moisture, either in the air or directly hitting your windows, not to mention the many sprays and scents that tend to be used in your bathroom. Keeping these key ideas in mind, the most important qualities of the treatments are durability and moisture resistant.

Of course, being that every bathroom is different, you need to take into account what the biggest issue is in your own room. Is it the moisture – or do you have really good ventilation? Is it cleaning – or is this a bathroom that is mainly used for guests and will not see as much use? Where is your window located – is it in the shower, or within reaching distance for water to hit it, or is it just going to pick up on moisture that is in the air?

The most common option is to go with something that is vinyl. Not only is it the most durable, but it is easy to clean – you can wipe it down, and wash it off. Vinyl options include a traditional roller shade, that can be lowered when you are in the bathroom, and raised when you leave the room. You would also have the option of a vinyl mini-blind, your least expensive option, but can still be wiped clean. The most durable of the options is a faux wood blind – more or less an upgraded look to a vinyl mini blind – is a vinyl version of your traditional wood blinds – which can be easily cleaned and is extremely durable.

The disadvantage some people find to the vinyl options is you are not introducing much of a decorative element into the room. Although a faux wood is a finished look, that comes in a variety of colors, some people are looking for softer fabrics, that may introduce color or pattern into the room. When you are shopping for fabrics, just keep in mind that the majority of blinds can not be washed. If you are looking for fabrics search for a fabric that may have been treated with a stain repellent that may hold up slightly longer over time.

Keep in mind, that a bathroom is generally a smaller room in the home, it’s always nice to keep it simple!

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Bathroom Window

By: Karen

We moved into a new apartment last week. It’s a perfect location in the city, close enough to walk to places, but far enough from your neighbors that you are able to have a backyard (no front yard, but that’s okay). There’s an actual full size kitchen, living room, and dining room. It’s 2 bedroom, 2 baths, which is great – no more sharing a bathroom! Really, it was everything my roommate and I had been looking for.

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The Huntington Team of Awesome On: Kitchens and Bathroom treatments

By: Liz and Team
When asking the guys on my team, here at Blinds To Go Huntington what treatments were appropriate for a bathroom, Design Consultant Alan responded with “A motorized Roman shade, top down, bottom up” with a sly grin. He was being funny, of course. The irony here, that fabric is one of the least recommended options for the Kitchen and Bath, but the most requested by our customers. Additionally, Roman Shades, motorized, top down bottom up; these make for some very expensive treatments, in a room that gets quite a bit of wear and tear.

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