Tips: How to luxe up a bathroom roller blind

The finished Liner Luxe bathroom cried out for a glamorous twist to the window treatment, but it had to be practical too. Roman blinds are elegant but with a family using the room for regular showers, the steam and dampness can be a problem for folded material. The very words ‘roller blind’ may conjure up images of sad rentals and cheap fabric, but it doesn’t have to be that way!

Finished roller blind complete with gorgeous beading and bathroom luxuries

Cream and black bathroom roller blind complete with gorgeous beading and bathroom luxuries

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Blind seen in the shop, my hand holding up a swatch of limestone imagining what it would look like!

I visited a local blind company www.jamesrobertshaw.co.uk and found this blind on display, but unfortunately it was all black, which would have been far too dark for our window. It also had a fluted edge, which didn’t fit with my Jo Malone theme of the straight edged black banding.

Our window is 1200mm x 1200mm, which is pretty big for a bathroom, so I wanted a light colour limestone to blend with the colour scheme of the room, but also the black detailing reminiscent of the Jo Malone gift wrap boxes. The window is also south facing and not overlooked, so a paler fabric would allow the light to flood into the room and there aren’t the problems of people peering in!

I figured that a banding along the bottom of approx 10% of the overall depth would do it – 90% limestone and 10% black band along the bottom. This band would therefore always be on display, when the roller blind was up, it would be visible at the top, and when down, it would sit on the window sill. The beading added to the edge added an element of femininity and glamour.

They were a bit unsure in the shop about my design, and hadn’t sewn two colours together in this way before, but 10/10 for customer service – even though I needed the blind done immediately and it was an unusual order, Lesley there checked with head office and was told that yes, it was possible…. so I said let’s just do it! Not like me at all. Ahem.

This is what the bathroom looked like originally, then dressed but without the blind, and finally, with the blind. I love it, what do you think?

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Help me, I need some moregeous tlc!!

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Nearly but not quite there....

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Finished bathroom roller blind for 1930's inspired Art Deco / Chanel bathroom

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