What type of blinds for a bathroom (in terms of light level)

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Old 12-20-19, 05:33 AM
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What type of blinds for a bathroom (in terms of light level)

I need to order new blinds for a bathroom (well vented so I'm not too worried about moisture issues, though please let me know if the type of blinds below are bad for a bathroom), and I'm not sure if I want light filtering or room darkening.

I absolutely want to let more light into the bathroom, but I of course don't want the blinds to be see through at night when we have the lights on.

I'm interested in something like this:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Home-Dec...1504/205222178 (Snow Drift 9/16 in.Top-Down Bottom-Up Cordless Light Filtering Cellular Shade)

and can't decide if they'll be too see through at night.

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Old 12-20-19, 06:21 AM
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Personal preference.

I think room darkening is the better choice. Anytime at night you are between a light and the window it will show a silhouette from the outside. Room darkening reduces that to minimum. To me the whole point of a shade or blinds is to block the light. Blinds have adjustment to allow a bit of light if you so choose.
 
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Old 12-20-19, 06:32 AM
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Those look pretty sheer. IMO you would want something a little more opaque. Something like this maybe.
 
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You might want to think about dual shades. Light filtering and blackout in one.

https://www.selectblinds.com/cellula...ss-shades.html

If you get just blackout, you'll have to leave the blinds up all day in order to get light, otherwise the room will be too dark.
 
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Thank you very much for the links. I'll take a look and see what looks good. If I just get blackout, I can leave the top down (no houses are that high) during the day to let in light. But I do like the idea of the dual ones posted above as well. I'll take a look and see what works out.
 
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Follow-up question; when doing an outside mount on a window with trim, would you mount on the trim, or on the wall just above the trim, or just personal preference?

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I recommend you screw on a 1 x 3 above the window casing trim. Mount your blind hardware on to this. It will give you a solid and flat surface to work with and it won't damage the trim which can sometimes split.
 
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Thanks, that's a good idea
 
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Old 01-20-20, 11:03 AM
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It really depends on the size of the blinds and shape of the trim. Normally, I would want to mount on the trim. Predrilling eliminates splitting. But if the brackets wont lay flat then the wall is the next best, directly above the casing. Once you get outside the trim you won't have a stud or header, so that's why I said directly above.
 
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I'm not a fan of mounting to trim, but it does depend. Can you post a pic of your window?
 
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The problem with mounting directly to the wall is that often the wall board may crumble or crack. The screws might miss the studding if they aren't exactly placed. Using a strip across the whole top trim, you can securely hit studs and then spacing on the board can be very easy. The valence will cover the board or you paint it the same as the wall. And if and when you change or replace the blinds you have a board that can be replaced if the holes don't match. Or just move over slightly. I've run into this situation on several occasions.

This trick is especially useful on vertical blind that might span a sliding glass door. You can easily adjust the height to miss any carpet or throw rugs and the glide smoothly.
 
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The pic is a above/below, I can repost if it's not there, but I can see it in the trail.

Also, as I think about it more, if I mount above the trim, when I then lower the top (these will be top-down blinds), I would see the top of the trim/possibly space above it which might look odd.

I'm thinking I should try to mount to the trim if I can.

If it won't sit totally flat/flush, I can always put a small shim at the lower part of the mount, as there's where the trim starts to get 'shallower' due to the design.
 
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Sorry, your pic is not showing.

How to attach pics
 
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Strange, I see the photo right in my first post. In any case, does this help:

 
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Can you mount it on the inner trim?

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That's quarter round. Hard to mount something flat on quarter round. And you dont usually want to screw into the vinyl window. I dont see a problem with mounting on the trim. This isn't a 120 lb. Set of vertical blinds.
 
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Thanks. Yeah, don't want to install on the vinyl, and can't install on the round part as you said, so I think i'm going to do it at the top of the trim and call it a day

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