The bounce effect
So far, we've focused on the light sources both natural and artificial. Alongside this, there's a further important element to bathroom design that can really help you get the brightness right. Simply put, it's about making the most of what you've got.
From flooring through to furniture, the materials and finishes you introduce to your bathroom can go a long way to increasing the level of brightness in there. On the walls and floors, for instance, polished or high gloss tiles can help to bounce light around and significantly increase the feeling of light and space.
Especially when it comes to the walls, tiling isn't the only option. For instance, you might want to think about a series of simple gloss wall panels. Offering great value, these panels are quick to install and easy to maintain. The gloss finish reflects rather than absorbs light; the effect can set off a clean-lined, contemporary bathroom beautifully.
For the vanity and other items of furniture, your choice of colour can also influence how bright the room is going to feel. Especially if natural light is in abundance, then why not make the most of it by introducing a dramatic touch with darker hued finishes. Here, the concrete grey and indigo blue finish on iflo's Rhea units are worth close attention. Alternatively, if natural light is limited, furniture that features a high-gloss white finish such as Trapini or Galene can go a long way to bouncing and spreading it throughout the space.
The placing of mirrors can also help you make the most of what you've got when you think carefully about how it interacts with light sources. If possible, it's actually a good idea to work out where you are going to place your mirror before you add your artificial lights. Just be aware that lighting directly overhead can result in shadows under your nose and chin when using the mirror. So ideally, you'd have a ceiling fixture positioned just to the edge of your mirror, so the light makes contact with the surface and comes back towards your face in an indirect way. Pendants on either side of the mirror (or backlighting) can also help to reduce this shadowing.
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