If you’re planning on renovating your bathroom, it’s a good idea to try to maximize the amount of natural light present. Not only will this save a significant amount of money on your energy bill, but natural light benefits homeowners by helping combat seasonal dips in mood. It creates a more positive environment.
Of course, this can sometimes be a difficult task to accomplish in the bathroom because of the need for privacy. Too many windows might make your bathroom feel more like a public place than a private one! A balancing act is needed, to give you all the positive benefits of natural lighting without ruining the sanctity of your private space.
Casement windows – sometimes known as crank-out windows – are a great first step. Rather than having a handle and lifting up, they’re hinged at the side and crank outwards. It’s a great way to quickly get rid of steam, and adds a much-needed source of ventilation. They’re quick to open and shut, giving you a quick and easy way to adjust how open your bathroom is.
A picture window is another possibility. Placed high enough on the wall, it preserves most of your privacy while still letting in wonderful amounts of light. Because picture windows do not open, they do not need to be placed in a convenient location to reach them – placing them up high allows light to flow in without any significant issues.
No matter what windows you choose, however, frosted or privacy glass is a must. It allows a significant amount of sunlight to come through, but is opaque enough to hide from unwanted views. They provide privacy without blocking light.
A tube skylight guarantees privacy while providing tons of diffuse natural light. Unlike traditional skylights – which require a direct line of sight from the roof to the room below – tube skylights can transfer light from your rooftop to nearly anywhere in your home, including closets, hallways and, yes, bathrooms.
Finally, a very simple solution is just adding more mirrors. A well placed mirror helps enhance and redirect most of a room’s natural light, and makes the entire room feel more open and airy.
If this sounds good to you, you might be in the market for a bathroom remodeling. Parada Kitchens is your premier bathroom renovation company in the Greater Toronto Area. Call us today for a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your bathroom renovation.