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How to Brighten Up a Bathroom with No Windows

No window? No problem

Thursday 2nd May 2019

Having a bathroom without windows can feel dark and dingy. However, with the right design and careful styling, your bathroom can become a relaxing and tranquil sanctuary. Natural light inevitably makes a room feel airier and more spacious, so if you’re planning to update a bathroom without windows, consider the following advice.

1. Choose a bright and airy colour palette 

If you’re concerned that your bathroom feels cramped or confined without windows, it’s important to choose a light colour palette. Not only will this help your space to feel larger, but it will also have the added benefit of reflecting artificial lighting, which will brighten it up.

Whether you choose whites, neutrals, or pale pastels, try to avoid shades that are too dark. These will draw the room inwards and won’t uplift your space.

2. Invest in good lighting

A good lighting system is a must for windowless bathrooms. As well as a bright overhead light, try to incorporate spotlights at different levels. This will help to mimic the flow of natural light and will help your space feel brighter. It’s also worth choosing bulbs that are similar in colour to natural light; bulbs that give off a lot of yellow light could make your bathroom feel smaller.

Click here for more tips on how to light your bathroom stylishly.

3. Choose transparent fittings

To create a sense of space in a bathroom with no windows, it’s important to choose your bathroom furniture and fittings wisely. Glass or transparent furnishings are the best way to avoid overcrowding and will also help to reflect your artificial light sources.

Look for glass shower screens or shower enclosures as a first step but consider incorporating other transparent items too. For example, glass shelving or surfaces would work well. Our Mira Leap and Mira Ascend collections are perfect for creating a simple, clean look.

4. Keep your space clutter free

Clutter is the enemy of any smaller space, and this is equally true for windowless bathrooms. By nature, bathrooms without windows are darker, which means your space can feel more chaotic when compared with bathrooms with natural light.

Invest in some good storage units to hide away everyday items (like shower products) and keep accessories to a minimum. By only including what you want on show, you can ensure that you style your bathroom with items that work to uplift your space (rather than detract from it).

5. Incorporate uplifting accessories

Accessories can work wonders in making the most of your space. Windowless bathrooms offer the perfect opportunity to get creative with your styling and they have the added benefit of more wall space to play with too. Mirrors are the ideal choice for bathrooms without windows. They reflect your artificial light, which mimics the effect of a natural light source. They’re also ideal for smaller spaces, as they can also create the illusion of a more spacious room.

It’s also worth choosing plants or nature-inspired ornaments for your bathroom. These can help to introduce a fresh and outdoorsy ambiance, which you might feel is lacking in your windowless bathroom. There are some plants that can thrive without too much natural light, or you could choose an artificial plant instead.

6. Install proper ventilation

Ventilation can be a problem in bathrooms without windows. Without fresh air to dry out your space after a shower or bath, damp and mould can thrive. With this in mind, it’s important to ensure that you have an excellent system installed to prevent any issues. There are plenty of options available, so be sure to do your research to find an extractor that works for your space.

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