Having a bathroom without windows can feel dark and dingy, and without sufficient ventilation, the room can soon become damp. However, with the right design, careful styling and good ventilation, your bathroom can become a relaxing, airy, and tranquil sanctuary, free from mould and full of fresh air. Check out these windowless bathroom ideas to help you update your space and create the illusion of natural light.
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.
Choose from whites, neutrals, or pale pastels, and try to avoid shades that are too dark, as 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.
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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
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.
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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:
How to ventilate a windowless bathroom
There are several steps you can take to ventilate a bathroom with no windows. Most importantly, install an extractor fan to pull moisture out of the room. There are lots of different models available, so do you research to ensure you find a model that is efficient enough for a windowless bathroom. Keep it on while you’re in the shower or bath, and keep it running for at least 15 minutes after you’re finished to properly air out the room.
You should also keep the doors to your shower open after showering to help moisture to escape from the shower walls, door, and floor.
If your extractor fan isn’t pulling its weight and needs replacing, consider using a dehumidifier as a short-term solution to help remove extra moisture from the air.
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