9 Design Ideas for Your Windowless Bathroom

If you're one of the many homeowners who have a windowless bathroom in your home, you may be wondering how to make the most of the space. While it can be a challenge to decorate a bathroom with no natural light, it is definitely not impossible. In fact, there are plenty of design ideas that can help you make your windowless bathroom look and feel like a functional, stylish and inspiring space. So, if you are ready to start thinking outside the box, read on for some great design tips!

Use light and airy colors

When it comes to design ideas for a windowless bathroom, one of the best things you can do is to be intentional about keeping the bathroom space airy and brightened up. Using light hues such as pastel pink, snow white, pale blue, soft gray, or whatever your preference is for the wall and ceiling of your windowless bathroom can offset the absence of natural light. Many of these colors reflect artificial lighting making your windowless bathroom feel brighter and airier.

Close to cabinets where toiletries are stored, select wallpaper with a soft, delicate pattern in dreamy colors like sky blue or pale pink. To ensure that your bathroom turns out perfectly airy and spacious, choose a wall color that is very lighter than the wallpaper. Finally, select light-colored towels, rugs, shower curtains, and other light-colored accessories to complete the look. By keeping the space light and airy, you create a cheerful and serene bathroom.

Use bright white lighting fixtures

Without a window that provides access to natural light, it may seem difficult to create a bright and inviting bathroom. One way to approach the lack of natural light is to use bright white light fixtures. This will make it more comfortable to maneuver around your windowless bathroom,  seeing more clearly when searching for your personal effects. No one wants to have to fumble around in a dark space.

Close to the sink, install a light bar that is bright enough to provide good lighting for tasks such as applying makeup or shaving.  Not only does efficient lighting prevent safety hazards, but it also eliminates the frustration of looking for things in dark corners or spaces. White light reflects well on bright surfaces, making the room appear more open and bright.

Install a skylight

When available for consideration, the installation of a skylight is one of the best ways to introduce much-needed natural light into a windowless bathroom.  Not only do they provide an easy source of natural light via direct sunlight, but they also help to ventilate the bathroom and prevent mold and mildew from developing. Consider your own privacy when placing the location of any skylight.  Avoid shower or tub areas, positioning close to cabinets or drawers where you store your toiletries. This way you still enjoy the benefits of natural light without having to sacrifice your privacy. With a beautiful and functional skylight, even a windowless bathroom can be turned into a showstopper!

Use mirrors

When designing a windowless bathroom, one of the most important elements to consider is the mirror. Not only do mirrors reflect light and make the space feel brighter, but they can also create the illusion of space.  Add more impact by using mirrors with fancy frames, and hanging them at strategic angles. You can use a single large mirror or a combination of smaller mirrors. Another option is to use a mirror with built-in shelving, which can provide extra storage space for toiletries and other items. No matter what approach you take, incorporating mirrors into your design will help to create the illusion of space and make your windowless bathroom feel more welcoming.

Add indoor plants

If you have a windowless bathroom, add life to the room (literally) with some indoor plants. There are many indoor plants that do not require natural light to thrive, perfect for your windowless bathroom. Not only will the plants add some color and interest to your bathroom, but they can also help to purify the air around the room keeping your bathroom fresh and alive.

Use proper ventilation

The most common approach is the use of a ventilation fan. It will help to circulate the air in your windowless bathroom while minimizing the build-up of moisture and odors. Not only will proper ventilation help to keep your bathroom fresher, it can also help to make your bathroom space feel less claustrophobic. All you need to do is make sure the ventilation fan is installed and functioning properly to do the job effectively. 

Consider transparent options

When you take the first look at planning your windowless bathroom, one of the first things to consider is the type of fixtures and fittings you will install. Transparent fittings such as glass shower doors work well in a windowless bathroom. Used properly, these transparent options can help to keep the spacing feeling bright, open, and airy while being stylish and practical.

A clear glass shower door will make the bathroom space feel more open while still providing a definitive private shower space within the bathroom. Frosted glass cabinets can offer some much-needed storage with style and some measure of transparency. And while not transparent, glass medicine cabinet panels will reflect light throughout your bathroom making it feel lighter and airier.

Avoid clutter

No one likes a cluttered bathroom. Towels on the floor, shampoo bottles in the shower, and toiletries strewn across the counter can make even the most spa-like bathroom feel cramped and uninviting. When it comes to designing a windowless bathroom, it is even more important to avoid clutter. In a small space with no natural light, every element will be on full display. It is essential to keep what you need. A few well-chosen accessories can add personality and style without making the room feel busy.

Get more from wall decor

Another way to make a windowless bathroom work to your advantage is to double down on wall decor. Hang a mirror opposite the door to reflect light, or choose artwork that is light and airy in theme. Maybe try adding a set of sconces for a more elegant touch. You can also use wallpaper to create a focal point or opt for a bold paint color to brighten up the room. 

Wrapping up

Bathrooms without windows can be a challenge to decorate, but with creativity and an expert planning approach, you can make them stylish and functional as bathrooms with windows.  If you are one of the many with a windowless bathroom, do not worry — you can still make it look great.

From using light and beautiful soft colors to brighten up your windowless bathroom to adding statement mirrors and indoor plants to bring life into the space, Reico Kitchen & Bath will be happy to help you turn these ideas into reality. We have years of experience in designing and remodeling bathrooms — big and small. Get in touch with us for a consultation today!

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