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Bathrooms present an interesting privacy conundrum. One the one hand, you want natural light for doing your makeup (and erm, your business). On the other, you need privacy so you don't flash your neighbors. What's a gal to do about window treatments? 

joanna gaines bathroom plantation shutters
Lisa Petrole

Ask Joanna Gaines, of course. In her new design book, Homebody, Jo revealed a particularly stylish fix for this issue: Plantation shutters. "In order to keep this space private," she writes, "consider a window treatment like plantation shutters for a styled look." 

These chic, wide-louvered shutters were once used as a weather barrier in the old plantation homes of the American south. But in the 1950s, they moved indoors because folks realized they allowed for more light and views to the outside than traditional, slim-slatted shutter options.

We love this idea for its character and architectural interest. The fact that they also shut out Larry-the-next-door-Lurker? Well, that's a major added bonus. 

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Courtesy of Harper Collins

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