Bathroom windows present some interesting design challenges. On the one hand, letting in sunlight and opening up a view to the outside makes a room brighter, more friendly and more cheerful. On the other hand, preserving privacy is an important concern in bathroom design. Strike a balance, letting in sunlight while blocking the line of sight.
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If you want to bring the outside in without compromising privacy, install a porthole window in your shower. Build a small, circular window slightly above eye height to give bathers a glimpse of the sky while they enjoy their shower. Expand on the idea with a row of portholes, bathing the shower stall in beams of natural light. Install clear glass on the stall and the light from the portholes will help to illuminate the whole bathroom. Alternately, install the porthole above the sink as an unconventional alternative to the standard bathroom mirror. Install a mirror elsewhere in the bathroom, such as on the door or a wall.
Your bathroom can have big windows providing a lot of light without compromising privacy. Install a row of windows with sheer curtains to let light through while blocking direct views. Use standard curtains draped from the top of the window to block the view entirely or start the curtains 1/3 of the way down the window to allow a glimpse of the outside. If you wish, install a second layer of heavier curtains to allow users to completely close off the bathroom from the outside.
Types of Glass
Make a bathroom window out of a view-blocking glass. Frosted glass lets light through but diffuses it, creating a gentle glow while blocking views from the outside in or inside out. Etched glass has a similar effect, and has artistic, ornamental designs etched into it. Coloured or tinted glass also cuts down on visibility, particularly if it is mirrored on the outside edge.
Use a mirror to double the view from a small bathroom window, creating a more spacious look and an interesting visual effect. Install a frameless mirror beside the window and perpendicular too it. Standing near the mirror, you will be able to view light coming into the window at multiple angles at the same time, creating a broader landscape and interesting visual patterns.
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