The bathroom is the one room in your home where lighting is key. The feeling of comfort and luxury can be largely influenced through natural light and often with such a small space, it can be a challenge to achieve. Lighting helps make everyday activities easier and when you see a newly renovated bathroom with ample privacy and a lot of natural light that ticks all the boxes, you stop and stare! So, how do you achieve a brighter bathroom? Read on to hear our top 10 design features to achieve a brighter bathroom.
Windows are a great way to let natural light flow into your bathroom. However, where there’s light, there’s privacy considerations. A great way of keeping the natural light whilst keeping your privacy, is the placement of windows towards the ceiling or adding a frosting effect. Let our design team know that you would like more natural light in your bathroom, and we will find the best placement for your windows to let the natural light flow and incorporate smart design.
Another way of letting light in, but keeping your privacy is to install blinds and shutters. You can also look at sheer curtains; these are perfect for a modern bathroom to let light in whilst still upholding the privacy or alternatively, some chic wooden shutters or blinds, to complement the walls and floor are a nice addition.
A recent trend that we are seeing is the elimination of the wall between the bedroom and the bathroom. Eliminating unnecessary barriers is an instant solution to lighting issues and will really open up your space. The bathroom layout can be altered to keep the privacy of the toilet and shower, while the beautiful vanity is on display from the bedroom.
Mirrors are not only a great way to show off your style, but they are also a great tool for light up a room as the natural light reflects off of them and bounces around the room. Our design team will assess the direction that the natural light enters the room and place mirrors accordingly to get the best result.
We are loving skylights right now! Skylights are a great way of letting in some great natural light, whilst also helping make your bathroom feel more spacious. Ask our design team about whether your bathroom allows for a skylight and we will do the rest from there.
Placement of fixed lighting is vital as it’s a supplement for natural light. Placing fixed lighting behind features on the wall can reflect the light back off the tiles it’s placed on, allowing for light to bounce around the room, resulting in a brighter bathroom.
The layout of the bathroom is vital to the brightness. If the bathroom is too cramped, then the light will get lost in the room. Placement of fixtures and fittings in your bathroom can make a huge difference to lighting, especially the placement of the vanity as you would always want this to be in the brightest spot.
With the abundance of vanity choices, opting for a lighter coloured vanity will not only simplify your decision making process, but create a visually brighter space. A dark vanity will make the room look darker, whilst a lighter option will help make the space look bigger and brighter.
When it comes to picking colours for your bathroom, your design consultant will assess the space to provide the best solution. If it’s a small space, the inclusion of white, greys and creams can often help make your bathroom not only appear bigger, but also allow the light to bounce off the fixtures, fittings, tiles and walls to create a beautifully light bathroom.
We hope these tips have enlightened you about thinking about lighting in your bathroom. If you’re in the market to upgrade your bathroom to a bright modern design, book a complimentary in home consultation with one of our design consultants today.