DIY Tips - Lighting, Patterns, Textures and more - Bathroom Remodeling Help
Natural light: If your bathroom windows face north or east, the natural light will be cool. Cool colors will feel extremely cold in such light, and dull colors will seem even duller. Unless these are the effects you want to achieve, plan your bathroom's decor with warm colors in mind to offset the effects of the room's natural light. Unless you want your bathroom to radiate a sort of concentrated heat, you will want to design the room with cooler colors.
If you are uncertain about the quality of the natural light your bathroom receives, look at the room early in the morning, at about noon, sometime in the middle of the day, and again towards evening. You can also install a large reflecting surface on the wall opposite or adjacent to your window. This can nearly double the effective daylight in your bathroom.
Artificial light: There will be some occasions when you need light that nature does not provide. Artificial light has no less impact on color than natural light has although its effects are different.
Normal incandescent lighting is warm, particularly if it is bright; it tends to harmonize and blend colors. Its effects are generally flattering and relaxing. The three principal kinds of fluorescent lights are cool white, warm white, and deluxe warm white. Cool white is the most commonly used, and is the one that tinges everything vaguely blue. Warm white casts and obscurely unhealthy yellow pall. But deluxe warm white comes closest to producing a stable, realistic, useful light, and is the one most often recommended by professionals.
If your bathroom is small, take special care when selecting pattern wallpaper, fabric, or floor surfaces. Large-scale patterns containing more than three colors can overpower a small room.
If you want lots of colors in your pattern, the smaller friends will probably work better. If you want a large print, you're likely to do better with only one or two colors, which can be bold by virtue of contrast rather than loud by being busy with colors. Be aware that even tile can add pattern to a room.
The basic principle governing use of texture in the bathroom is much the same as for other design elements, don't overdo it. If you want a warm, cozy feeling, your rock carpets or rugs, thick terry towels, the textures of displayed items on open shelves, and soft matte finishes.
You can really see the effects of texture when you focus on only one color. Even a cold, all white room can take on a soft character if it contains various textures such as soft walls, a woven throw rug and a few act accent tiles.
The smallest appointments can complete a bathroom design, or undo it. A single tile set in a quiet wall creates a major aesthetic effect. Coordinating details is not difficult if you plan ahead. Fittings on the type in basin certainly ought to be related, but when you gone that far, why forget to match the toilet handle? Towels and flowers, sponges and soaps, and even the toothbrush and toilet paper holders can be given the same attention lavished on walls and fixtures.
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