One of the darkest and smallest rooms of your home is often the room you need the best light in – your bathroom. Your bathroom is where you get ready for the day, wind down for the evening and refresh during the day.
Many homeowners think they have to have light colors in their bathroom in order to enjoy the space. On the contrary, a dark bathroom with perfect lighting can be just as enjoyable.
Here are a few pointers for choosing the lighting that will brighten your dark bathroom:
- Highlight bathroom features: In many dark bathrooms, the need for contrasting colors is essential to making the space work effectively and look brighter. In dark gray, black, and brown bathrooms, bring light into the space with a white or bone colored tub, sink and toilet to break up the dark colors. Also consider using custom light fixtures directed at specific features. Floor lighting around a free standing tub can create a dramatic effect and add much needed illumination.
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- Assess your natural light sources: The best friend in lighting to your dark bathroom is a natural light source. Whether it is a window, a glass block wall diffusing light from an adjacent room or a solar tube diffusing light from the outside into your bathroom, try and bring in natural light whenever possible. If you don’t have natural light, sources choose lighting fixtures that diffuse and throw light around your bathroom. Wall sconces are beautiful to look at and come in a variety of directional fixtures. Overhead ambient fixtures will help create overall light to brighten your whole bathroom at once.
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Your dark bathroom just got lighter with these tips to bring in natural and artificial light. Also, choose wisely when choosing paint colors to paint your bathroom. Many paint manufacturers have paints that have metallic and light diffusing properties to give a sheen or gloss to your walls. This, in turn, will help bring more light to your dark bathroom. So go ahead and bring on the dramatic dark aesthetics to your bathroom!
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