Even though natural light is very important in a household, not many people have the opportunity to get it. Some of us live in crowded cities and while modern building designs are trying to leverage natural light as much as possible, sometimes it may not work as expected.
The bathroom is one area that’s usually neglected in all this. In most cases, even if there’s plenty of natural light in other parts of the house, the bathroom, partly because of the small windows, gets very little light.
There’s also the need to balance out the privacy of the space and the light that comes in.
The good news is that there are some windows that let you leverage the light while making sure your privacy and intimacy aren’t affected. Keep reading to find out more!
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. – Lao Tzu
Try Out Some Unorthodox Shapes
When you think about bathroom windows, the first thing that comes to mind is the common rectangular or square-shaped windows made from frames and glass. Well, these are of course some of the most popular types out there but you don’t have to limit yourself to them only.
Oddly shaped windows, that feature an unorthodox look, can still let in natural light into small spaces and enhance privacy.
For example, narrow windows that run from the floor all the way to the ceiling will give you amazing views and aesthetic, let in a lot of natural light, and also ensure that prying eyes from the outside are kept at bay.
Consider a skylight
This idea is more common in large bathrooms with plenty of floor space, but they also work in small spaces.
Let’s say, for example, you have one at home that has no practical exterior walls where a window installation can be done.
You can actually make the best of this situation by adding a skylight, which is a creative way to light up the space and keep it private.
A majority of bathrooms will normally have translucent windows, since this is the standard practice when installing them. But while these windows work great during the day, blocking the view from the outside, at night your privacy is compromised since the lighting makes it easier for people to pry.
The solution here is easy: installing blinds!
Blinds are temporary enclosures that safeguard your privacy at night. They are also incredibly beautiful window treatments that will add character and style to your spaces.
The idea of getting a glass wall for your bathroom works only if you have high fencing walls or enclosures that protect you from people outside. The goal in this design is to convert one wall in your bathroom into a large glass structure, creating a gorgeous look and improving the lighting greatly.
In essence, you will be creating a giant window that will utterly bring all the natural light that you require. However, there are some privacy risks with these types of walls, so for the best privacy, consider using translucent glass.
In case your bathroom has multiple windows or one with clear glass, you can try window films to control the amount of light that comes in and to guarantee your privacy.
Window films simply allow you to decide how much of your widows you want obscured from the outside.
They are designed to add a layer of extra privacy into already existing windows and they are very affordable. Window films also come with their own adhesive so it should be easy to attach and remove as you see fit.
In case your intention is to create one large window for the room, then consider using louvered glass panels. While they may need additional treatments for privacy, they will also flood your bathroom with plenty of natural light any time of the day.
One way to treat your louvered glass for extra privacy would be to add a layer of window film or use frosted glass. You may also want to use blinds for the same purpose.
Getting as much natural light into your bathroom without messing up your privacy is not that hard and the ideas above should help you get this done.
Ready to have the bathroom you’ve always wanted? Call a bathroom remodeling company and make your dreams come true!