One of the things we always try to upgrade in a bathroom remodel is the lighting. This usually involves replacing dated decorative lighting with strategically placed LED can lights and modern new fixtures. Another option to improve the lighting and atmosphere of a dim bathroom is to include a window into the design. Adding windows to a room is a great way to let in natural light and make the space feel larger.
Here are some of the most popular options for bathroom windows:
1. Double or Triple Pane Windows
Double paned windows are the standard window style. They consist of two panes of glass separated by a layer of argon or krypton gas. This type of window helps retain heat and reduce noise. They are available in a variety of sizes and come with screens, which is definitely a bonus if you like to open the windows when it’s nice out. Triple-pane insulated windows have an extra layer if you’re really concerned with heat retention or noise control.
2. Frosted or Etched Glass Windows
Frosted or etched glass are popular choices for bathroom windows because they provide privacy while still letting in ample light. Due to the customizable nature, these windows can really make your bathroom unique while incorporating an artistic element. If you’re not looking to invest in a custom design, there are a variety of standard patterns and colors available.
3. High Horizontal Windows
High horizontal windows are a preferred choice for a bathroom, especially if you live on a street where the houses seem to only be a few feet apart! Adding high, horizontal windows around the top of your bathroom allows natural light into the room without compromising your privacy. These windows are a great choice if you have a small bathroom or limited wall space that doesn’t allow for vertical windows, and for those of you that hate the idea of dealing with curtains or blinds on a larger window.
4. Large Picture Windows
Large windows can create a stunning focal point for your bathroom, especially if you live somewhere with beautiful natural surroundings. This window style might not be the best choice if you are worried about privacy; these types of windows are better suited for homes on private lots with no nearby neighbors. While they typically require a larger bathroom, picture windows can make all the difference in an otherwise dark, closed off space. Having a “picture perfect” view to enjoy can make soaking in your tub even more enjoyable!
5. Stained Glass Windows
Stained glass windows are another great way to let in natural light while providing adequate privacy. You might associate this type of window with a very traditional or even dated look, but in reality, many stained glass options can appeal to a modern or contemporary aesthetic. They are available in a variety of ready-made pieces and can also be custom designed to match the style and colors of your bathroom. Installing stained glass windows is a colorful way to incorporate a unique sense of personality into your bathroom remodel.
Skylights are a good choice if your bathroom is small or if you don’t have a lot of open wall space. Although early versions of skylights were prone to leaking, today’s models have a watertight design and are becoming more and more popular. You’ll be surprised at how much brighter your bathroom will be, even with a small skylight.
If you are interested in incorporating a window into your bathroom remodel, our designers would be happy to help you choose the perfect window style! Contact us today for more information!
The Medford Remodeling Team