Small, windowless apartment (and house!) bathrooms can sometimes be dark, boring and especially uninspiring. Luckily, there are ways you can add some life and interest to tiny bathrooms, even if you don’t have windows to bring light into your apartment! Below are six things you can do or add to a tiny windowless bathroom that just might help brighten the feel of it.
1. Add air or shade-loving plants
We all know plants in a bathroom are a fabulous, life-giving decor element, but those in windowless bathrooms are often left wondering how to steal the look. Definitely, air plants are a great option since they don’t need a lot and can be moved around in an easy way, and you may try a really hardy shade-loving plants to see if it can live in your bathroom, taking it out to grab a little bit of light as needed. And certainly, you can always add a bouquet of fresh flowers to bring in life in a windowless bathroom.
Modoho’s tips: Vietnam is a tropical country with a great variety of trees to choose from. However, as Ho Chi Minh city’s climate is steadily warm to hot all year, we suggest you go with plants that are easy to care for, such as cactus or mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata).
2. Have plenty of candles and lamps
Relying on the terrible overhead or over mirror lighting in bathrooms is the worst thing. In case you’re short on space, consider mounting sconces or wall lights onto the wall to add functional light without taking up countertop space. If there’s room and the ability, a fun and unexpected hanging light can help make up for a lack of natural light.
Modoho’s tips: More often than not, the rental contract allows you little flexibility when it comes to wiring a new lamp in the apartment. Instead, opt for candles to save you the time and effort. You can go for scented candles, which is perfect for both relaxation and decoration purposes.
3. Incorporate unusual or unexpected furniture
Especially for those who can’t rip out terrible, standard bathroom cabinets, adding in some nice, unexpected furniture — a stool or tiny chair, some unusual accessory — will banish boring and add lots of personalities.
Modoho’s tips: Within the limited space, adding something conspicuous might not a good idea. Instead, you can add small objects that show your personality. For instance, a small vintage souvenir (which you can easily find at any night market in Saigon) can do the trick.
4. Paint (or tile) in all one light color
If you can (those who rent like me might not be able to), painting everything in their apartment — the ceiling, the walls, and the floor — a nice white or light surface will expand the feel of the room’s size. Or if you would like to do something more drastic, you can adding in a lot of glossy tiles can make space expand visually.
Modoho’s tips: It’s best if you can choose the theme for your bathroom; however, remember to discuss with the landlord first, since many Vietnamese owners are very strict about changing the house decoration.
5. Add extra mirrors and reflective surfaces
You might think the big one over your sink is enough, but if you’ve got the wall space for it, consider adding some more mirrors to help expand the space. Reflective, mirrored accessories can also be a fun addition.
Modoho’s tips: This is certainly a great idea for maximizing your space since mirrors will give you the illusion of a wider room. However, be patient when you are on the hunt for new mirrors since not many places in Ho Chi Minh city sell unique and crafted ones.
6. Bring in so much color and pattern you forget where you are
Again, you might be limited if you rent, but if you can get away with it, take a page from tiny powder room and wrap your small windowless bathroom with bold wallpaper or shower curtains that you forget all about not having any windows in your apartment. Even when the pattern is dark or busy, it brightens a small space by adding in lots of excitement!
Modoho’s tips: Wallpaper is great. But again, check with the landlord, since removing your wallpaper when you move out might just ruin the face of the wall.