Windowless Bathrooms: 9 That Aren’t Bad at All (And Why!)

published Mar 30, 2015
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Windowless bathrooms have the potential to be very dark and dreary places. Without natural light pouring in, they can turn into caves you don’t want to spend a lot of time in. But they don’t have to be unpleasant. There are some things you can do — design-wise — to make your bathroom lovely despite the lack of a view. Here are nine windowless bathrooms doing it right — inspiration for your own home!

(Shown above) Amanda takes a blank, windowless bathroom and brings a lot of warmth and life into a small space by adding dynamic artificial light in the form of stunning fixtures and incorporates a lovely wood wall feature.

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Bold color can punch up any bathroom missing a window.

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Using your small bathroom as another place you can display your art, accessories and personality can help distract the fact that it doesn’t have a window.

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Keeping plenty of crisp white in the space (and especially the ceiling) can help make a windowless bathroom seem clean and fresh.

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Bold pattern looks great in any small space, but especially in one that doesn’t have a window.

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Embracing your home’s vintage charm — original tiles, etc. — can mean crafting a space that engages and excites even without a view.

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Keeping your bathroom uncluttered — and getting creative with storage so you keep stuff up and out of the way — can help repel a cluttered, cave-like feel in windowless bathrooms.

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Using an extra mirror or two (particularly one facing the door) can help reflect light and mimic the feel of a window.

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When all else fails, “fake” the look of a window by going for a mirror with a frame that bears a striking resemblance to a window.

How do you make your windowless bathroom work?