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What to Consider in Bathroom Blinds
19 November 2015
What to Consider in Bathroom Blinds

Whether you are the in-and-out-of-the-shower-in-five-minutes kind of person or you like to luxuriate in a hot bubbly bath, your bathroom is a place where you will spend time in various states of undress and with humidity levels worthy of equatorial jungles so it is important to consider what types of blinds are suitable for this environment.

Damp conditions

Even with extractor fans, regular ventilation and opening your windows, having a shower or a bath will create moisture and dampen the room and, over time, fabric-based blinds will get mildew, which is not easy to remove: your blinds will require a special bleach treatment as well as a very high temperature wash.

If your heart is set on fabric blinds, make sure that they are machine-washable or you will be spending a fortune at the dry cleaners’, and opt for cotton and polyester which dry out quicker and will be less likely to develop mildew.

Wooden blinds, as beautiful as they are, are best avoided in bathrooms. Wood is a living material, even if varnished, and it will swell with humidity, contract with heat and dryness, and is likely to get warped, crack, or rot over time. A more practical choice for steamy bathroom conditions would be faux wood, aluminium or particular fabric roller blinds all of which NZ Blinds can cater for.

Natural Light

Yes, you want privacy in your bathroom but you also need to see what you are doing – or risk going out with oddly-applied make-up or hemorrhaging from razor cuts - so your bathroom blinds should allow you to vary the amount of light you let in.

You should be able to pull them back completely to let natural light flow in and open windows for ventilation as well as lower them / pull them completely too, so the blinds should be reasonably lightweight.


Maybe you think that you don’t spend enough time in your bathroom to warrant thinking much about style and that any old thing will do. Yet, for most people, a bathroom is a haven, and a bath is still one of the preferred ways to relax after a long day, so it is worth investing in a blind which will match your bathroom in terms of style and colour schemes - Trust us, that pink blind against turquoise walls will soon annoy you when it is one of the first things you see in the morning, and one of the last things you see at night!

It may also be a good idea to go for “less is more”, i.e. choose an understated pattern and neutral colours, so that you can reuse your blinds if you decide to change the look of your bathroom a few years down the line.


Last, but not least, if you have children, make sure that you keep them safe whatever type of blind you buy, and that cords and strings are out of reach to avoid accidents while you have left the room to get a favourite toy.

Get started on finding the right blind for your bathroom by browsing our comprehensive range, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or are looking for expert advice.