Bathroom renovations are all about creating a beautiful, luxurious space in which you can lie at your leisure in a warm tub with a good book, or just enjoy a hot shower in the presence of gorgeous decor. You’ll have picked out the wallpaper, the subtle finishes, the stylish towel racks, the new, larger bath tub, even plush new towels to enjoy once you’ve finished cleaning off.
However, have you thought about everything you need for your bathroom renovation?
Often we think we have covered all bases, only to look at our completely furnished room and notice something missing. Window coverings!
Whether you have a traditional first floor bathroom or a ground floor bathroom, the issue of privacy is pretty important and you want something to cover your windows for your own privacy, while still letting in a good amount of light and air where needed.
Functionality as well as aesthetics is also important, so you’ll want something that works well and is pleasing to the eye, to fit in with the design of your new bathroom.
There are three obvious choices; blinds, curtains, or window shutters.
Although there are varieties of waterproof curtains available, these are often hard to clean and if left unattended can easily cultivate mould and dust that becomes pretty nasty over a very short period of time.
For now we’ll look at the pros and cons of having window shutters versus blinds in your brand new bathroom.
Durability is incredibly important when it comes to choosing window shutters or blinds. You’ll want to have confidence in the look and feel of your home and you’ll want your new bathroom to be able to stand the test of time.
While blinds are cheap and easily available, they can be a little flimsy and cheaper blinds will be more susceptible to absorbing moisture or denting from simple wear and tear. Cloth blinds are harder to clean whereas wooden and metal blinds are easier to clean but can get bent out of shape from daily use.
Window shutters are normally quite hardwearing and as they are often installed by a professional, they have a high durability that allows them to withstand a lot of general wear and tear. They are easy to spray and wipe down while cleaning and need little maintenance while looking good for many years to come.
They can be cut down to size to fit oddly shaped windows, although because they are specific to your windows they can be a tad more expensive than blinds.
It is important to check before you make your purchase, whether or not the shutters you have chosen are water resistant, as this can make a big difference on the quality of the shutters you get for your new bathroom.
If you buy from a reputable seller, they will happily direct you to their waterproof shutter stock, however, if you don’t do your research properly, shutters that are not waterproof can absorb moisture in the air, which can lead to warping.
Warping is when wooden blinds or shutters absorb moisture over time and they are slowly ‘warped’ or bent out of shape.
Obviously this is not very attractive for a five-star bathroom, so it is important to watch out for if you ever start to notice any mutations in your shutters!
Waterproof blinds are available, however they often come in what is known as ‘roller blinds’ which can be awkward to clean and unsightly.
Waterproof shutters are available in a huge range of colours, giving you complete flexibility when choosing a colour scheme for your bathroom. Waterproof shutters are also suitable for shower rooms and wet-rooms and as their design is no different from normal shutters, you can still achieve a uniform look throughout the house with matching shutter designs.
As with anything in the bathroom, privacy and luxury are important aspects to consider when renovating your bathroom. When it comes to privacy, blinds offer three options, opened, closed or completely drawn. While this is not so much of an issue for 1st floor bathrooms it can feel a little exposed.
Shutters however, have a range of privacy settings and if you are thinking of buying bespoke shutters you can also choose from a range of different louvre widths to suit your bathroom. You can also choose what is sometimes known as a ‘half-shutter’ meaning that only the bottom half (for example) of the window is covered by shutters. This allows for you to keep your privacy while at the same time still enjoying the natural light that spills into your bathroom.
Although window shutters can be more expensive than blinds, they are certainly well worth the money in the long run.
When choosing your new window shutters, make sure to take your time and enlist the help of a professional. They can assess the style of your home and the size and shape of your windows and recommend a set of shutters to match.
You may even find that they make a few design suggestions that you won’t have thought of!