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By Roelf Nel

A bathroom can have the tendency to have a cold feel. Surrounded by marble, tile, travertine, porcelain, glass, and metal, it is no news that the bathroom isn’t the warmest place in the house.

It is easy to counteract the cold feel of a bathroom by the application of lighting styles and effects that bring out the warmth of colour and brighten up the room.

Bathrooms tend to be dark. Unless you have a window, it can be hard to give natural lighting to an enclosed room. Typically, a bathroom has one single source of light. This highlights all the bathroom’s dark spots. The single light source creates shadows that make the room look smaller.

Brighten up your bathroom with scattering lighting around the room to cast light in all the dark corners. You can add character and style to your bathroom by the light fittings you select.

If you have to install switches in unusual locations, make sure to select from the lighted ones so that you can identify the switch in the middle of the night. A great way to add intimacy to a bathroom is to incorporate a dimmer that will give you a wide array of options when it is time to take a relaxing bath or when getting ready to go out.

Another way to brighten your bathroom is by adding wall lights around your mirrored cabinet. Not only will it make your room look bigger, but also it has the added benefit of aiding your morning makeup or shaving routine.

Mirrors are a simple way of increasing both how big and how bright your bathroom looks. A small trick that will have a big impact is having a very narrow frame on your mirror, maximising the effect it has on the room.

A sun tunnel is an investment you can also consider. Sun tunnels are a great way to bring in natural light into a windowless room and are suitable for both flat and pitched roofs.

White surfaces will help any light really reflect around the room, illuminating as wide a space as possible. Try to keep the room as white as you can and use an accent colour for your fittings or décor to help the light spread.

Contain all the light with a white ceiling, and glossy white tiles will make the walls and floor shimmer with light. When choosing an accent colour, having a distinct contrast between dark and light shades will help to emphasise all the bright areas in the room. This could work nicely as an accent wall in either a bright colour pop shade or a dark earthy tone. You could also try having patterned tiles around the basin or above the bath to draw attention to your fixtures.

Metallic or shiny accessories will reflect the light brilliantly; gold or silver accents on your fittings will do the trick perfectly.

For many bathrooms, there is a lack of natural light, but there are many tricks you can try that will effectively brighten up your space.

Try out a few of these tips and you will soon notice the difference in your dark or windowless bathroom!

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Brighten Up Your Bathroom