7 Specialty Window Treatment Ideas for the Bathroom

7 Bathroom Window Treatment Ideas

Bathrooms should never be neglected so don’t overlook this important space which demands its own signature style that is decorative, but functional. Window treatments for bathrooms need to meet three requirements: privacy, durability, and light control. I have lived in many places where my bathroom did not even have a window and I can tell you nowadays I love the natural light, air, and openness that a window provides. Embrace your windows with these 7 specialty bathroom window treatment ideas.

1. Roman Shades

Roman Shades give you everything you want from bathroom window treatments since they are functional, practical, and make a beautiful statement. These shades allow you to control natural light, add softness to the hard surfaces of a bathroom, and help absorb sound. In my opinion, they are the “little black dress” of window treatments because they look perfect with almost any design aesthetic. Color and pattern options are endless so choose a style and fabric with similar tones already in the room. Don’t forget the most important rule when choosing fabrics for a high moisture and heavy traffic area like the bathroom. Select a fabric that is resistant to mildew and can be easily spot cleaned.

From modern to casual, traditional to contemporary, Roman shades look at home in any home!


2. Faux Wood

Faux wood blinds are one of the top bathroom window treatments because they are so versatile, giving you the elegance of real wood blinds while resisting high moisture areas like bathrooms because faux wood window treatments will not warp, crack or mildew.


Faux wood blinds won’t hassle you when it’s time to clean and the classic, traditional look complements the pristine quality of this space.  If you are still yearning for a pop of color, try adding decorative cloth tapes to match your bathroom’s mood.


3. Woven Woods

If your home has a casual or contemporary feeling, the natural look of woven wood shades will enhance your space by adding another layer of textural and visual interest. These shades let light softly diffuse in, but still give you a feeling of privacy that you need from window treatments for bathrooms. Woven woods are available in a top down bottom up feature giving you the ability to perfect the amount of light and privacy you want. For extra privacy, consider adding a blackout liner.


4. Café Curtains

These sweet and dainty window treatments for bathrooms are a simple way to have both privacy and natural light. With café curtains, your view remains intact, but you gain modest privacy. Café curtains are usually made with lightweight fabrics so remember with these types of fabrics, the view into your bathroom will be blurred, but silhouettes will still be seen. Use café curtains on a second story or if your window is facing away from the street or your neighbor’s prying eyes. Otherwise, think of sticking to Roman shades or use a heavier drapery fabric for your bathroom window treatments.


5. Vinyl Shutters

Shutters are the ultimate traditional and clean look.  They have a rustic feel and since they are vinyl, they won’t warp or crack like wood.  Maybe I’ve seen too many images of big, beautiful Southern mansions, but shutters look opulent and always give the room a finished look.  And why can’t my bathroom look chic and well dressed too?!  If you’d like more natural light to seep through, use shutters like café curtains and install them solely on the lower portion of your window.


Have your cake and eat it too with natural light flowing through and knowing that shutters provide the supreme privacy that sheer fabrics lack.


6. Valances

Valances are a fun way to brighten up any space and are virtually available in any color and pattern, plus numerous styles.  You are sure to find the perfect one that fits your bathrooms aesthetics.  I love valances because they are a nice way to introduce color and femininity when you’re not worried about privacy.  My master bath has a small rectangular window over a concealed toilet.  Thankfully, my bathroom was built already with privacy in mind since the window above my concealed toilet faces our second story view.  Privacy is not a concern for me, so I opted for a pretty draped valance above this window.  I love how it adds softness to the room.


7. Mix and Match

Can’t decide what type of window treatments for bathrooms to choose? No problem! Mix and match different bathroom window treatment styles to achieve a unique look. Try shutters with a pretty valance or drapery over faux wood blinds to soften up the space and add color.

Small windows need love too!  This neutral woven wood is given a new attitude with the striped valance addition.


Your bathroom wants style too! And whether it’s a small powder room, guest bath, or the master bath suite of your dreams, dress up those windows with these 7 specialty bathroom window treatment ideas. For more inspiration, visit our “Ultimate Guide to Window Treatment Ideas.”


Our BG designer, Katie, has been creating bright looks for windows and rooms for over ten years. Katie has great ideas and "picks” for your windows. She will be sharing with you her design choices and seasonal recommendations throughout the year. Katie reminds you that all our BG window blinds, shades and drapes are all custom made for you. Each one is hand crafted to your size, color, fabric and special requests with our added attention to quality and detail. Katie will make sure you love your windows.

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