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Five Window Treatment Ideas for Damp Areas

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Moisture can be a concern in bathrooms and kitchens, but windows may still need a window treatment for privacy and shade. Fortunately, there are quite a few options when it comes to window treatments that are suitable for humid and damp areas.

1. Faux Wood Blinds

Wood blinds are a classic option that works with almost any style, but wood isn't suited for damp areas due to warping concerns. Instead, opt for vinyl faux wood blinds. You can find these in natural wood tones or in colors that look just like painted wooden slats. Vinyl can't be damaged by moisture, and they are simple to wipe clean with a damp cloth. 

2. Vinyl Mini Blinds

For a cost-effective but attractive option, there are always mini blinds. Opt for vinyl or PVC mini blinds instead of metal, as metal can eventually rust or corrode in a damp room. Much like faux wood blinds, mini blinds can withstand moisture and are easy to clean. Mini blinds also work well in a variety of window sizes, from small to large, so they are well suited for use in the sometimes odd-sized windows found in bathrooms or kitchens.

3. PVC Roller Shades

Roller shades can be made of fabric or PVC. For a damp room, opt for the PVC option since it won't suffer any moisture damage. A roller shade has a smooth surface, which can be wiped clean as needed to prevent grime and mildew. You can find roller shades in a wide range of colors, as well as those printed with attractive patterns, so it is relatively simple to find one to fit the room's decor.

4. Solar Shades 

Solar shades are very similar to PVC roller shades, except the PVC or vinyl used in their construction is sheer enough to allow in natural light. Solar shades are especially nice in bathroom windows since they will provide you with full privacy but still allow sunlight into the room. You can also sometimes find dual shades, which have a solar panel or a black-out roller panel that can be pulled down depending on the preferred natural light level.

5. Bamboo Shades

Bamboo shades are suitable for moderately damp areas, such as over the kitchen sink, but they are not well suited to bathrooms or other areas with higher levels of humidity and condensation. The reason is that bamboo is naturally moisture-resistant, but it is not moisture-proof. Bamboo shades come in roller or slat styles, and most feature a natural finish. 

Contact a window treatment service like Thundersley Interiors to learn more about the options that work well in damp rooms.