Bathroom windows: How to pick them out

Do bathrooms need windows? Yes! We'll guide you through picking out the perfect ones for your home.
A white bathroom with marble-tiled shower and clerestory windows.

You could argue there’s no room where a window is more important than the bathroom. We’ll explain why that is and what you should consider when picking out bathroom windows.

What type of bathroom window is right for you?

The condensation created by bathing and the cleaning supplies required to keep the space clean mean there’s a strong argument for picking out a bathroom window that opens (as opposed to a “fixed” window, like a picture window).

To bring in fresh air, here are a couple of our favorite bathroom windows:

  • Awning windows hinge at the top and open outward, which is why they might be our all-time favorite bathroom window. Open them rain or shine to bring in fresh air.
  • Double-hung windows slide open from both the top and the bottom, so they’re a great option for maximizing air flow, and they look beautiful in a traditional home.
  • Casement windows crank open easily, so they work well when placed higher up on the wall, on the other side of your tub, and other hard-to-reach spots. They look sharp in a modern or contemporary home.

Takeaway: When selecting the right bathroom window for your home, you want to pick one that opens and matches your home’s style for a cohesive exterior look.

Two double-hung windows bring natural light into a bathroom with a copper tub and black-and-white checkerboard floor.

This homeowner chose 100 Series single-hung windows for every room in her house, including the bathroom. This gives her home a beautifully cohesive look from the outside, while she gets to enjoy light and fresh breezes inside.

How do you ensure privacy around a bathroom window?

Windows bring light and fresh air into the bathroom, which is why it’s always worth including them where possible. And don’t worry, there are lots of creative solutions to preserve privacy — here are a couple of our favorites:

  • If you’re building new or taking on a major remodel, you might have the opportunity to decide where your windows will go. In that case, opting for a high-placed window, like a clerestory window, could be the perfect solution, particularly if you have nearby neighbors.
  • If you’re replacing an existing window that’s not optimally placed for maintaining privacy, you can select patterned glass. This type of glass will let light in while blocking views and adding a decorative touch to your window.
  • Whether you’re building new or replacing, don’t discount the power of plants. Trees and shrubs can act as natural screens when planted in the right place and potted plants can do the same from the inside.

Takeaway: Don’t let concerns about privacy stop you from enjoying the benefits of a bathroom window. Placement, patterned glass, and even plants can all help block views into your space.

A bathroom with a green-and-white checked tile floor, black steel shower enclosure, and big window full of potted plants.

This sunny A-Series window provides a perfect home for these potted plants, which also act as a natural privacy screen. Combining elements like light and plants is one way to bring a biophilic design to life.

What look are you trying to create?

Whether you’re going for bright and minimalist, moody and spa-like, or something else entirely, windows can help bring your desired look to life.

Here are a few ways a bathroom window can be used to further your home's design:

  • Frame views: There’s a strong argument for putting a large window next to the tub where you’re sure to linger. Further the effect by selecting black windows to really frame the view.
  • Create an exterior look: How will your bathroom window look from the outside? Do you want it to match the other windows, or should it stand out? Either choice could be right for your home!
  • Add character: You have lots of options when it comes to size and shape — particularly in the highly customizable E-Series. Look at your wall space, consider the views, and pick the window that suits the room — maybe it’s even a specialty shape.

Takeaway: Windows can tie a bathroom together, and that's not all. The windows in this room also play a role in creating an exterior look, so don’t forget to consider the larger context.

A bathroom with white shiplap walls, black tub, and black casement windows on the right, and a white bathroom with blue tile, alderwood cabinetry, and clerestory windows above the vanity on the right.

There are so many ways to customize your windows with size, shape, color, and more. Maybe you want a large, low-placed window next to your tub so you can look out while you’re soaking, or maybe you’d rather have high-placed clerestory window to preserve privacy.

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