Why Lighting In Your Bathroom Can Make A Big Difference in A Small Space

Why Lighting In Your Bathroom Can Make A Big Difference in A Small Space

November 23, 2021

Whether brushing your teeth, bathing your children, applying your makeup, or completing the other obvious tasks, you spend years over the course of your lifetime in the bathroom. Considering how much time you spend there, it should be a room you are comfortable in and enjoy. Cavalier Builders can give your Hidden Hills bathroom a brighter, more updated appearance. 

How to Use Lighting to Make Your Bathroom Look Bigger

A dark room can appear cave-like and dingy, but a well-lit room looks open and airy. When remodeling your bathroom, don’t forget to consider how to best use natural light and include lighting features to enhance the bathroom’s appearance. You also want to avoid the mistake of making it overly bright in your small bathroom. There are many techniques you can use to make your bathroom appear brighter and bigger, such as:

Let in the Sunlight

You can make a small bathroom look bigger by increasing the amount of natural light in the room. Dirt and grime can block out sunlight, so be sure to keep your bathroom windows clean. You should consider replacing curtains or shades with privacy film to allow for more light to enter the room in the daytime. When choosing overhead lighting, keep your window in mind and focus the lighting on areas that lack sunlight.

Choose a New Shade of Paint

Your paint color may be contributing to the dull and dark appearance of your bathroom. Dark shades of paint can make a space feel smaller and sometimes claustrophobic. Choose lighter paint colors to reflect the light and create more of an open feel. Painting your baseboards and crown molding a lighter color than your walls will also help the room appear larger.

The finish of the paint will also contribute to the brightness of the room. Satin and semi-gloss paints are best for bathrooms as they are easier to clean and stand up to moisture better than flat or eggshell finishes. Satin and semi-gloss also promote brightness as light is able to bounce off of their sheen.

Hang a Large Lighted Mirror

Big mirrors have the ability to create the illusion of a more spacious room. Mirrors also reflect light which makes the entire bathroom appear brighter. Installing lighting around your mirror, rather than simply above it, will help make it more functional for your use. 

Brighten Up Your Shower

Swap out your shower curtain and replace it with a frameless shower door to make your bathroom look bigger and brighter. Installing a frameless glass shower door will help the light to flow evenly through the bathroom. Another good idea is to install a light above your shower to help illuminate it.

Types of Bathroom Lighting

When we talk about lighting, we are not just talking about overhead lights. There are several different types and styles of lighting you can choose for your bathroom. Types of lighting include:

  • Accent Lighting: Dimmer lighting is designed to create the aesthetic and can make a bathroom feel more relaxing.


  • Task Lighting: These light fixtures are usually found above your vanity to illuminate while you shave or apply makeup. 


  • Decorative Lighting: May or may not be as functional but is chosen for its style and decorative touch.


Contact Us for Your Bathroom Upgrade

Whether you want to install new lighting, repaint, install a new mirror or shower door, Cavalier Builders can help. Cavalier Builders has extensive knowledge when it comes to home renovations in Hidden Hills and the surrounding areas. Our family-owned and operated business has over twenty years of experience serving homeowners like you. If you want to make your bathroom appear larger with upgraded lighting, give us a call today. 

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