Windows over the tub.
Some of my favorite bathroom pinspiration features gorgeous, light filled windows above the tub.
We love the light. We love the romantic notion of viewing the mountains or ocean while taking a long, leisurely soak in the tub.
This is rarely the case.
Windows over the tub can be as much a nuisance as a blessing.
Builder’s love to put in options that provide privacy and light but often fall short of both function and appeal.
A very common complaint is the textured glass used for privacy in bathroom windows. While often seen as a great solution it doesn’t really do the trick.
On a dark night, with the interior lights on, the neighbor’s can still see more than most homeowners would like them to.
Not a good thing.
Narrow window at the entrance of the walk-in shower
In Tara’s Master Bathroom, the three windows behind her tub were clear glass, beautifully trimmed out in wood and a bit of a stretch to reach on a daily basis.
While she wanted the light to flood her bathroom, she also wanted to control when and how that light came in.
Our solution was motorized roman shades. These inside mount roman shades are considered a flat fold roman with a “belly” which creates the lower curve to the shade.
We added a shimmery ribbon fringe to the lower edge.
If you’ve followed along as I’ve shared Tara’s home you know that she is very detail oriented. Even the ceilings get her special attention.
Can you find me in this pic? I had no idea I was taking a selfie when I took this! 🙂
Tara chose a specialty glass sink with a bubble effect for her vanity.
These are so cool. The bubble effect is actually on the underneath side so the sink has a smooth finish but a very textural look.
More About Motorized Shades
Motorized shades are operated with a remote control similar to a TV remote.
The mechanism that controls the movement of the shade can be powered by either electricity or batteries. With electricity you’ll need an outlet close by. Your options are either to hide the wires and use an existing outlet. Or have your electrician install an outlet close to the top of your windows. If you are fortunate enough to know you’d like motorized shades in the construction phase of your home the wiring can be installed by your electrician ahead of time.
In this case, we made our decision too late to have the electrician wire the windows ahead of time. We could easily have hidden the wires within the woodwork but we had three separate mechanisms to plug in and our choice of inside mounted shades left little room to hide an outlet. So we chose a battery powered shade.
With the battery operated mechanism you have to keep the size and weight of your shade in mind. A heavier window treatment would definitely require electricity to work properly.
The remote can be programmed specifically to how you’d like your shades to function. We programmed our shades to move simultaneously, raise to a specific spot and lower to a specific spot. You can also manually stop them if you want the shades at a different height, which is what I did for these photos.
Motorized shades are not the most economical option. By far. The motorized mechanism basically doubled the labor cost of these shades over manually operated custom shades.
While I have no problem making this type of shade, the motorized aspect is a bit outside my comfort zone. I had the workroom make these for me. So this particular mechanism is not readily available for the DIY’er.
In this case the extra effort and expense was definitely worth it.
The perfect solution for this master bathroom and window.