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How to Brighten Up Your Bathroom

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A dark bathroom can be a depressing room in the home. If you have a bathroom that is part of a basement add-on, or just not accessible to windows, it can make space feel cramped an uninviting.

On top of this, bathrooms and kitchens are the two rooms that homebuyers admit will sell a home, so if you are trying to take advantage of the hot spring real estate season, you’ll want to make it as appealing as possible. See below for some great tips on how to brighten up a dull bathroom.

Paint it light colors. You don’t necessarily have to use white, but a light coat of paint will help to brighten up a room even no natural light can do that for you. Choose relaxing light blues or bright sunny yellows, and add bright light bulbs that emulate the natural sunlight. You’ll want the light to reflect off of the paint color, not absorb it, so avoid dark colors or wallpaper.

Add recessed lighting to your shower. A bright shower in the morning will invigorate you for the day, so adding a light into the shower area is an easy fix. Be sure to have an electrician do this work if you can’t handle it yourself. It will save you a lot of frustration and time.

Add special lighting to your mirrors as well. Adding a special decoration piece such a large oval frame mirror may add some beauty to the space, but to make it functional as well, you’ll need lighting near the mirror. Adding something like sconces on either side of the frame will brighten up the space in all the right places to make your morning routine easier on the eyes.

If you can, add a window. Not only will a window allow for natural light to come in, making it easy to open will function as a second ventilation system for the bathroom, which will protect it from mold and other water-related damage. If you can’t add a window, make a fake one using a gorgeous outdoor sunny scene, and a window frame vintage picture frame. This will create the illusion of an outdoor view.

Use mirrors to add function and depth. If your bathroom is on the smaller side, a second or even several more mirrors can help to add the illusion of more space. Place a round wall mirror just opposite the one hanging above the vanity so you can see all angles of your head when getting ready, or add a floor-length one into the room to look over every aspect of your outfit before heading out of the door.