I realize this is a pretty specific topic to tackle in a blog post but I feel strongly about this point so I thought it deserved a specific post. Most people don’t naturally think about using curtain panels in a bathroom. Roman shades and blinds definitely get the most play. But I am going to show you why you need floor to ceiling curtain panels in your life if you are lucky enough to have a free standing tub in your bathroom. As an aside, I’ve been noticing a definite trend toward free standing tubs in my projects – away from the built-in ones that have dominated master bathrooms for decades.
If you aren’t sure what I mean by “free standing tub” see below. This is obviously a deluxe, awesome master bath and not everyone has this kind of space. But even if you don’t have individual 6’+ vanities (whaaaaat??), if you have a free standing tub, I would argue 9/10 it becomes the focal point of the room. If it’s at the end of the room like this one below or across from the door to the bathroom or if it has a nice light fixture over it, then 10/10…you’re basically telling your eye “look over here!” when you walk into the room. And as amazing at this bathroom is, the #1 thing I would do if I walked into this bathroom would be to hang curtain panels around that window behind the tub.
Here’s another gorgeous tub that I wish was framed with panels.
Aaaaaaah. Isn’t this just SO.MUCH.BETTER? It takes the luxury, spa-like bathroom effect up about 100 notches I think.
My BFF Sarah Richardson is the queen of using curtain panels in a bathroom. I love how the soft colors of these compliment the tile scheme in the shower but she’s not afraid to go bold either (see here and here)
The sconces on the side walls add so much here. You probably wouldn’t think of them as “necessary” but all of these little details – the chandelier, the draperies, the curtains, the little potted orchid – they all draw your attention and create a special moment in the room.
If you’ve got more of a bay window nook situation going on around your tub, you can choose to frame all the windows like this.
Or just the inner windows like so.
In this bathroom, there were 2 windows that they dressed individually which is also pretty. Note the addition of the shades as well. Layering the two treatments lets you have the softness and decorative aspect of the panels but the privacy of the shades.
This is an interesting situation. There’s a window with a transom above it. They’ve dressed the entire area with panels from the ceiling (which I totally agree with) and then used a woven shade on just the lower window. This gives you the privacy you need in this first floor bathroom but keeps the natural light from the transom pouring into the room.
A more modern interpretation with a shade made from the same fabric as the panels. By the way, this tub? This tub is what my dreams are made of.
This would definitely not have been my first choice of fabric pattern for this bathroom (too similar to the tile inlay for me, which funny enough is most likely the reason they picked it!) but the idea stands. That whole end of the room looks better with the panels than without.
I love this picture because it’s not a super perfect, designer portfolio photo but it still illustrates the point. My only critique is that I wish they’d mounted the curtain rod a bit wider than the window to really fill up more of that wall space and cover less of the window.
Could this window have been dressed with a roman shade? Sure, of course it could. But it WOULD NOT be the same and I argue not nearly as pretty.
Now that you’ve seen all those image above, don’t you wish this window was dressed with floor to ceiling panels instead of this roman shade? At first I thought, “maybe there wasn’t room back there for a panel Dina and that’s why they did the shade” but then I stared at it and nay friends. What’s up with that bath robe on the back left corner? There IS room.
This one just pains me. Look how high those ceilings are?!?! That bay window is BEGGING for panels.
So friends, what do you think? Have I convinced you? I know to each his own and blah, blah, blah but honestly, there are so many hard surfaces in a bathroom and so little opportunity to introduce the softness and richness that textiles give a room. If you can have curtain panels, DO IT. If you’ve gone to the expense of having an amazing free standing tub in your bathroom, go the extra mile and make it the showpiece is deserves to be.
But no matter what you decide to do, please, please, please just do not do this. This is giving me a headache.