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How to Lighten & Freshen Up Dark Bathrooms

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 by

Bright Bathroom RemodelThe bathroom is quickly becoming one of the most desired rooms in the home, second only to the kitchen. Not only has the square footage of the bathroom grown over the past 10 years to include room for two sinks, a soaker tub and a walk in shower, the materials and finishes used to complete the space are top of the line.

More and more homeowners are finding that a master ensuite can act as a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of daily life – a place to relax and get ready in the morning or slow down with a hot bath after a stressful day. With individuals spending more time in these grand bathrooms, it makes sense that a homeowner may want to lighten and freshen up their current bathroom. Read on for expert tips, from the Unique Flooring Store in San Diego, on how you can turn your drab and dark bathroom into a bright, opening and welcoming space.

  1. Lower Your Lights – One problem may bathrooms have is that every light fixture is an overhead one. While that might seem beneficial, overhead lighting isn’t always the best for a bathroom. Ideally, you want a combination of overhead lighting and fixtures that are closer to eye level. You’ll be able to better see your skin, hair and teeth and the overall space will feel considerably bright. Use wall sconces or even a lamp or two if you have room on your vanity.
  2. Replace Dark Flooring – Dark flooring can look wonderful in a large bathroom that gets tons of natural light, at least during the day. However, if there was an abundance of natural light, chances are your bathroom wouldn’t feel too dark for you. To make your space feel brighter and lighter, try replacing your flooring with something like neutral tile, bright glass tile or even lightly patterned vinyl flooring. Light San Diego hardwoods can work as well as long as it’s cared for properly in your bathroom and not exposed to too much water.
  3. Add Some Glass – Frameless glass shower doors have become very popular in new construction homes. However, if you have an older home you might have a shower door or curtain that traps light. Consider replacing those items with a clear glass shower door instead. If you feel like you need more privacy, opt for frosted glass which can also help make a smaller bathroom seem larger, more open and fresh.

Try to stick with light colored materials whether for countertops or flooring that blend well together. A common color palette includes whites, creams, grays and steel blues. Other variations of blue, teal and green are often included to add a pop of color without making the room feel too crowded.

If you’re thinking about doing a small renovation on your bathroom, start from the bottom up and head to Unique Flooring to check out our wide selecting of bathroom floors. From luxury laminates to classic stone and tile floors in San Diego, we have the perfect floors for your personal tastes, preferences and price point. For a free instant quote, call us directly at 760-945-0010.

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