Change The Way Your Bathroom Looks With Natural Lighting
If you’re thinking about changing the look of your bathroom, there are lots of things you can consider. While you can opt for anything from repainting to re-tiling to re-arranging, you should also consider introducing more natural light into your bathroom space.
Allowing natural light into your home can dramatically give character to interior spaces, which of course includes your bathroom. Nice light fixtures are great as they can give your bathroom space some personality, but daytime light can do more to bring out the best of the interior space, compared to light fixtures.
How can you use natural lighting to change the way your bathroom looks?
Balance is Key
While natural light is good, too much can be just as bad as not enough, so you need to strive for a good contrast between light and dark. Your eyes can adapt to various light intensities, but they are most comfortable with a brightest-darkest ratio of a maximum of 20:1. To put this into perspective, a sunlight beam will provide, on a surface, as much as 100,000 lux, lux being a unit of illuminance. Using direct sunlight in a useful manner for your bathroom will, therefore, require you to spread out and reflect the direct sunlight around your bathroom. It will be easier for you to achieve an optimal light level for your eyes if you can spread out the intensity of the sun’s rays over a larger floor space.
Beware of the Glare
Sun glare issues can be a year-round concern. For instance, during the winter, you can have glare issues from south-facing windows, but you’ll need to be wary of glare issues from east-facing and west-facing windows all year. The problem is that a bathroom window positioned to give a nice view of the outdoors — trees, lakes or greenery — could subject your bathroom to things like glare or excessive amounts of heat. If you’re not interested in giving up a great view, you can use trees or other plants to provide some protection from direct sunlight. You can also use blinds or shades as required.
If you want to take advantage of as much daylight as you can without having to deal with excessive heat in your bathroom, you can consider installing energy-efficient glass that repels heat away from your interior space. The glass coatings mean that you’ll get the benefit not only of getting a lot of sunlight, but also of keeping your bathroom cool and comfortable.
Getting the perfect bathroom might simply require that you rethink the role of natural lighting. While there are various things you can do to change the look of your bathroom, you can get more bang for the buck by making use of natural light, something that can literally transform the look, character, and entire feel of your bathroom.
Gina Brewton is a mommy blogger and a fitness freak. During her leisure time, she spends countless hours researching on the most effective methods of staying fit and writing about it. She also loves to indulge in cooking healthy meals , as well as engage in interior design experiments. Fitness, healthy recipes and DIY experiments are her favorite things to write about. Tweet me @ginabrewton