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A Buyer's Guide to Bathroom Roller Blinds
When looking to purchase a bathroom roller blind there are lots of fabrics available to compliment the look of any bathroom colour scheme. However before coming up with ideas for designs and patterns it is probably better to first consider the nature of the environment the bathroom blind is to be installed in and to think as well about the light control and privacy levels required.
In most houses in the UK bathrooms are hot, damp and humid environments for long periods of time. There can also be high levels of condensation for long periods of time too, no matter how effective the ventilation and extraction installations. Therefore it is important to make sure that any roller blinds for the bathroom will be resistant to absorbing air borne water vapour. It is equally important to make sure that any fabrics used are resistant to mildew, mould, and fungus growth, as well as the water staining which could occur if bathroom blinds were damp for long periods of time. Most roller blind fabrics are suitable for use in a bathroom as long as they are not subject to excessive levels of condensation or direct contact with water. However usually a better option are specific bathroom roller blinds made with moisture resistant or waterproof fabrics particularly if the roller blind may be frequently exposed to splashes from a shower, bath or sink area. In addition you may also want to consider waterproof roller blinds made with an anti-bacterial fabric which will make sure that mould growth and mildew are held at bay.
When considering light control and privacy you should consider whether your roller blinds will only be drawn closed at night. If you have clear rather than obscured glazing in your bathroom then you may require the roller blind to be drawn closed during the day for privacy reasons. In such an instance it may be worth considering a blind made with a sheer or voile fabric to give privacy during the daytime but that will also still allow enough natural light into the bathroom so that artificial lighting will not be required. The sheer or voile roller blind could be the second blind on a double blind installation combined with a heavier or blackout fabric to be used at night.
When you have chosen the most appropriate type of fabric for your bathroom roller blind the final decision is the colour and pattern of the blind as well as any accessories to customise it. When you have narrowed down your choice to the most appropriate type of fabric, there should still be many colour and patterned options to choose from, so finding a window blind for the bathroom to match in with your bathroom suite and scheme should not be a problem. Still, if the ideas are not flowing, and finding the right colour and pattern is proving a problem, then consider making a feature of the bathroom roller blind with a picture blind - a picture of a rubber duck may be just the thing.