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Five Accessories and Techniques to Lighten Up Your Bathroom

Unfortunately, some bathrooms are naturally dark. Whether it’s due to a lack of windows, a lack of artificial light sources, or simply bad design, a dark bathroom is comfortable for no one.

Unless you’re completely remodeling your bathroom, it can be difficult to give yourself the natural light that you need. There are many alternative routes you can take to give yourself more light, but we recommend the accessories and techniques below if you’re looking for a quick, easy, and inexpensive fix.

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Mirrors can go a long way.

Using mirrors to make a room seem larger has been a long-running technique used by interior designers, and for a good reason: It works. Although nobody is truly fooled by the mirror technique (nobody really thinks there’s a whole other room on the other side of a mirror, after all), it has a subconscious effect on the brain that defies explanation.

Also, if you’re short on light, adding one or more mirrors can reflect and multiply the amount of natural or artificial light in the room. While you don’t want to go mirror crazy in a small space (the effects can be quite disorienting), one large mirror will do a lot to brighten up the space.

Use the right colors when painting.

Dark colors might seem really lovely in theory, but, in practice, they give your bathroom a gloomy, dirty feel. Psychologically, it will also make the room feel much smaller. By opting for lighter colors, pastels, or even shades of white, you can make the most out of the lighting that you already have.

You can even go the "optical illusion" route and paint your ceiling a slightly darker color than the walls to make the room seem taller than it is. Keep in mind, however, that too much color contrast will overpower the room. The idea is to help everything blend in.

Install light fixtures with natural light bulbs.

When it comes to lighting up a dark space, you really can’t do better than a hanging light fixture. Just be sure not to hang it too low, as it will make the room seem smaller. If you can’t install overhead lighting, keep in mind that a small lamp in a strategic location is better than nothing.

If you have the luxury of a bathroom window, do anything you can to maximize the light that you get through it, even if it means getting rid of your favorite set of dark blue curtains.

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Use plants to invoke the tranquility of nature.

Even something as simple as a small bamboo plant or an arrangement of flowers can make the room look and smell more fresh than ever. If you can’t afford the hassle and cost of fresh flowers, a plastic arrangement will still do the trick.

Find bright or lightly-colored accessories, but not too many of them.

Any bright accessories can help make a room seem more lively, but any amount of clutter will instantly make a space feel smaller. By investing in caddies for toiletries or adding small touches like brightly colored rugs or shower curtains, you can lighten up the space and give yourself more convenient access to your bathroom supplies while you’re at it.

Again, nothing will brighten up a space quite like natural light. However, if you find yourself in a pinch, using these techniques will be a great place to start.

Sources -
1 - http://blog.qualitybath.com/bathroom/bathroom-fixtures/5-tips-for-making-your-small-bathroom-look-bigger/
2 - http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/small-bathroom-ideas-6-room-brightening-tips-for-tiny-windowless-bathrooms-203115