12 Ways to Add Privacy in Your Bathroom

Bathroom window treatments are more than just a dressing for a window frame: They need to pull double duty by beautifying a space and providing privacy. Here are 12 creative ways to add some style to powder room portholes.

David Dietrich

Softer Shades

For this rural mountaintop home, privacy is not much of a concern; however, softening the design of the room was important to the homeowners. Designer Katheryn Long used an embroidered semi-sheer fabric to accomplish just that. The room also gets a lot of morning and full-day sun, so hidden beneath the fabric shades are cell shades that operate by remote control. Design by Ambiance Interiors

Lori Gentile Interior Design

Back to Nature

In this peaceful, contemporary space, natural fiber shades were chosen to blend with the grass-cloth wallpaper for a clean, organic feel. The window coverings and metallic tub balance one another within the room. Design by Lori Gentile

Tamara Mack Design

Peaks and Valleys

This fun fabric shade not only loosely mimics the floor tile pattern but frames out the tub area, making it feel as if it's tucked in a cozy corner. When shades are fully closed, a slightly sheer quality to the fabric still allows a bit of diffused light in from the outside. Design by Tamara Mack Design

Pebble Bathroom Finishes Dewson Construction Company

Waves of Style

Instead of creating a window covering, try designing the window itself. A wavy wall design is copied in the framing of this seaside window. And this is no ordinary window; textured and stained glass are combined to create this one-of-a-kind seashell design. Design by Dewson Construction Company

Erika Bierman Photography

Playing Dress-Up

A simple window shade can get a makeover by adding trim to the bottom. Here, a tan shade is taken up a notch with a few colorful shells that complement the soft blue wallpaper. Design by Charmean Neithart Interiors

PureModern

Pretty and Private

Instead of a curtain or valance, consider a designer window film to provide the privacy you're looking for. There are hundreds of designs available, like this one from PureModern. This is a great option for those tiny powder rooms that feel too small even for a curtain.

Bernard Andre Photography

Pop of Pink

Small windows are dressed with a simple black shade adorned with pink ribbon. This simple touch gives a pretty girls' bathroom a touch of drama. Design by Leslie Lamarre

Susan Jay Design

From the Outside In

If you really want to think outside the box, consider creating a window treatment for the outside. Here, an exterior patio already provides privacy, so instead of a traditional window treatment indoors, the designer chose to give the bather a soothing water-wall view on the other side. Design by Susan Jay Design

Dawn Mohrmann

No-Sew Savvy

Homeowner and blogger Dawn Mohrmann repurposed a painter's drop cloth by wrapping a curtain rod and leaving the frayed edges exposed. She tied it back with a piece of French ticking ribbon and gave the window a casual, country feel.

Diane Henkler

Simply Stated

Do-it-yourselfer Diane Henkler had fun with color in her bathroom by creating this simple, fabric-covered cornice. Keeping it flat to the frame allows the molding above to remain visible as well as allowing maximum light from the window to flow into the space. This treatment still provides room for a hidden blind or shade underneath for total privacy.

Phillip Ennis Photography

Fun With Finials

Sure, you can buy decorative tiebacks, but you can also create your own original. Add a little extra personality with found items, a vacation memento, a family heirloom or just something that speaks to you. Design by Timothy and Associates Interior Design

Oellien Design, Inc.

Color Cover Up

There's so much color in this window treatment that you don't notice it's covering a smaller window than the frame would suggest. In a bathroom where the window seems too small for the space, designer Kent Oellien found a way to use a creative window treatment to fool the eye and balance the window with the room. Design by Oellien Design, Inc.

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