Having a bright bathroom space is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of bathroom design and can be one of the most important. After all, bright and airy spaces make us feel better and more awake whereas the typical dark and dreary room would have a lot of us feeling down with a face caked in clumsily applied make up.
If your bathroom doesn’t contain a window, it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Replace the suns gleaming rays with a few bathroom style and fitting tips to help your bathroom dazzle. Here are a few suggestions of how you can go about brightening up your bathroom:
Install a skylight
First and foremost, it’s best to get the obvious out of the way. If you have with a ceiling that faces directly outside, such as a loft conversion or annex, then you can bring it some all-important natural light by fitting a skylight into the ceiling. This is the best money saving option as you won’t have to turn on the light during the day and the natural light that floods through will give you the best ambience, not to mention warmth in the summer months. When installing a skylight, always make sure you use an approved fitter. Ill-fitted skylights can cause quite substantial water leaks and damage to your bathroom.
Walls & Floors
When it comes to choosing a bathroom colour scheme for a windowless bathroom, opt for light colours and shades of white. Brighter colours might seem like a good idea at the time but the intensity and depth of colour may make the room feel a lot darker. If you’re going for a bright, coastal type feel in the bathroom then soft pastel shades can help you lighten the place up. In terms of floors, steer away from dark coloured floors or detailed patterns. If re-tiling or covering the floors is an option for you, light wood laminate flooring brightens up a room perfectly. If not, add a bathroom rug in a light colour shade to accentuate the walls.
Mirrors can be a fantastic way of both adding depth to a bathroom by creating that illusion of space or increasing the coverage of reflected light across a room. If you’re working with a windowless bathroom, choose either a large, plain wall mirror to obtain the optimum light reflection or choose a wall mounted mirror or mirror cabinet with built in lighting. LED’s provide a high light output but can be a bit dazzling for some. For softer, more ambient lighting, choose a fluorescent backlit bathroom mirror.
Adding accessories to a bathroom can be a relatively dangerous game. The right amount of coordinating accessories can bring new life to a dying bathroom design whereas too many accessories can quickly make your bathroom take on the shabby aesthetic of a car boot sale. Although a commonly overlooked choice, small plants can make a bathroom look natural and fresh. If there’s no opportunity for natural light to flow freely into your bathroom, it’s a great idea to bring some nature indoors yourself. Aloe vera or spider plants are a common choice as they are simple enough to not detract focus from a bathroom design but look natural and green enough to inject some real colour depth. If you’re accessorising a white bathroom, lighter natural wood finishes look great as contrasting pieces. Adding a wood finish bathroom vanity cabinet is a great way of adding some natural colours, not to mention some fantastic contemporary style and storage space.
Getting the right amount of artificial lighting in a bathroom can be a difficult task. Too little light and there’s a good chance you’ll cause yourself an injury or if your lights are blindingly intense… there’s also a good chance that you’re going to cause yourself an injury. Lighting placement in the bathroom and using different types of lighting are immensely important factors in brightening up a bathroom. Install spotlighting above a shower or bath to accentuate them as the main focal point within the bathroom. It’ll make them gleam as soon as you enter the room and give you all the light you could ever need during your morning routine. For lighting the room in general, pick a mix of soft, ambient lighting and more intense spotlighting for the ceiling. This can be coupled with more subtle lighting in other placements around the room. Examples of subtle light placements include installing lights in bath panels, skirting board or behind storage cabinets.