How big or small are your bathroom windows? Most people prefer their windows small because you don’t want people peeping in while you shower. But from a practical viewpoint, large windows offer better ventilation. They let humid air seep out faster, keeping your bathroom dry.
Many architects resolve this problem by installing bathroom fans or ventilation ducts. Others mount shutters, shades, or blinds for added privacy. You can also use stained, smoked, or fogged glass to partially obscure the view and keep your bathroom discrete. So let’s check out some bathroom window ideas that balance bathroom lighting with sufficient circulation.
1. Wide Open Views
If your bathroom is on an upper floor or faces a gorgeous landscape, you want to enjoy the view. Meaning your bathroom window ideas should include transparent glass. This bathroom is sparsely furnished, with a freestanding bathtub and a sink that uses a hollow stool as its pedestal. The vertical windows complete the effect, blending into the white brick wall.
2. Aqua Brights
While the previous bathroom had an artsy but contemporary feel, these bathroom window ideas are more stereotypically modern. The color scheme is glossy white and ocean aqua, with calm seaside tones on every wall. The shimmering tile and massive mirror increase light levels and the large white-framed window highlights the reflective surfaces that surround it.
3. Wood ‘n White
Yes, you can use timber in your bathroom. But it has to be stained, pressure-treated, or stained to avoid moisture damage. Use wood minimally and pair it with wood-patterned tile. As for the window, the bathroom has a large two-pane vertical window with two-door hinges. The frameless twin mirrors reflect light from the smoked windows, keeping the whole room well-lit.
4. Glass Doors and Large Windows
To get the best results from your bathroom window ideas, work with glass and mirrors. In this bathroom, the shower enclosure lies behind a glass door. This door is perpendicular to three large bathroom windows accessorized with potted plants. Inside the shower enclosure, a smaller window lets out steam and humid shower air. It maintains fresh airflow throughout the room.
5. Spa-partment Treatment
Urban apartments often have tiny, cramped bathrooms. But if yours has ample room and a cosmopolitan view, take advantage. In this case, the entire bathroom wall is covered in French doors. This gives you a luxurious spa-like feeling as you soak in your tub. Quick-drying sheers offer an added touch of sophistication. It offers privacy without blocking your light source.
6. Mirror Mirror on the Wall …
Wall-to-wall mirrors are pricy. But there are other ways to create this same effect. This bathroom has a floating vanity with a mirror covering its entire length. Opposite, highly reflective tile heightens the effect and visually doubles the depth f your bathroom. Both surfaces pick light from the narrow vertical window above the tub. Translucent blinds offer privacy.
7. Sandy Sights
Tone deeply affects ambient mood. For example, dark browns are cozy and rustic while lighter ones and conservative and calming. This bathroom falls on the beachy-side. The sandstone floors, wall, and bathtub coping set the tone. The big window above the tub provides a pretty view. Meanwhile, the mirror sits opposite a glass cabinet for added illumination.
8. Panoramic Shapes and Sizes
Bathroom wood tends to have a modern feel because it’s often coated in glossy varnish or shiny paint. The reflective coating repels moisture more effectively than untreated wood. But you can still use matte timber if it’s pressure treated, and if it’s far from the main water source. This bathroom has a large 16:9 window above the tub. The lumber counter is far from your faucets.
9. Enlarge your Powder Room
Guest bathrooms are usually half-bathrooms. They’ll be on the ground floor and will have a sink and toilet but no shower. So if you want to make these powder rooms feel larger, install massive windows and mirrors. And because it’s at living level with potential peeping toms, use smoked, fogged, misted, or textured glass for added privacy. You don’t want to make your guests shy!
10. Tricks of Texture
Texture can go a long way in enhancing your décor. This bathroom has tangible waves on its matte walls and coping. A frameless mirror is mounted opposite the no-munchin window, and a skylight lets even more daylight into the room. And at night, you can lounge in the tub and stare at the stars. If you like, you can drape a shower curtain off the stainless steel shower rod.
11. Castle of Glass
Bathroom window ideas are all about glass. The more you use, the higher your light levels. But you can cut costs by pairing glossy tile and glass. In this bathroom, the bathtub is surrounded by a large munchin window, a skylight above, and a reflective shower enclosure, and two framed mirrors. A smaller side window lets in more light, supplemented by multiple light fixtures.
12. Mad about Mosaic
Not everyone worries about bathroom exposure. Some people rather enjoy that wide-open feeling. In this bathroom, the wall behind the tub is a large picture window, offering unfettered views of the skyscrapers beyond. The dancing building lights are echoed in the mosaic that covers the lower half of your bathroom walls. The floating vanity adds to the open feel.
13. A Little Bit of Kitsch
If your tastes veer toward the loud and grabby, this bathroom concept will work for you. Every element is larger-than-life, from the polka-dot wall-paper and bold-print rug to the golden foliage and marble bathtub platform. The large four-paned windows offer a pretty view with a cheeky touch because the dark bottom-pleat blinds are reminiscent of hanging towels.
14. Of Texture and Color
There’s nothing muted about this bathroom. The bright blue on the upper half is energizing, not soothing. The white brick backsplash is slightly reflective while the vertical PVC wall panels are a low-maintenance option. The bathroom window is textured for privacy. It lets in less light than is ideal, but the overhead fixture on the mirrored cabinet door increases bathroom light levels.
15. Black on White
Black-and-white bathrooms seem counterintuitive, but they’re a great way to open up small spaces. In this bathroom, black borders frame the room. These include the floor tile that touches the walls, floating vanity, open shelves, padded bench, bathroom door, bathtub faucets, and window frames. They give the room structure, holding together the white tub and tile walls.
16. Nature-bound bath
It doesn’t take a lot to bring the outdoors into your bathroom space. A large window with views of bright greenery. A floor made of beige wood grain – or tiles with timber prints. A pretty flower arrangement. A wall-to-wall mirror mounted opposite a tinted glass shower enclosure. All these reflective surfaces catch the outside views, bringing those wild, pretty scenes into your bathroom.
17. Catch the Curves
Contouring is an interesting concept for your bathroom window ideas. Your curves don’t have to be drastic. Rounded stools and an oval tub do the trick. In this bathroom, those curves are echoed in the top-arched window and the curvy cabinet handles. The bathtub itself sits inside a curvy dome that extends the window’s shape. The reflective shower door completes the effect.
18. Loosley Linear
Let’s go from curves to straight lines. In this white bathroom, the pale gray floor catches the lights and shadows from the large, black-framed windows. The bathroom is on the smaller side, but the frameless mirror, frameless shower door, and wide-open floor create an enlarged visual effect. The wood-reed mat is the only separation factor on this wet room floor.
19. Pretty Cityscapes
The largest deciding factors for your bathroom window ideas are location and view. Where is the bathroom and what does it face? Are there kids playing outside who might peek in as you shower? Or nosy neighbors in high-rise building tackling their boredom and binoculars? In this bathroom, there’s a concrete jungle view, so French doors and thick curtains are a good combo.
20. Speckles and Wood
If you have a small bathroom, you’ll be tempted to install small appliances and fixtures. But a few large strategic pieces may work better. In this case, a speckled gray accent wall faces a frameless mirror wall, so the bathroom seems bigger. Fogged French windows cover half the third wall. A wooden floor recessed overhead lights, and floating vanity complete the room.
21. Tinted Glass
Window tints don’t always have to be dark. In this bathroom, the shower glass is tinted blue-green. The bathroom window is misted, so there’s limited light coming in. But the shower enclosure and the large mirror increase the light levels inside your bathroom. The ceiling lights and the blingy light fixtures above the mirror are also helpful in adding illumination.
22. Daring Gray
What does your bathroom represent for you? If it’s beyond basic hygiene, it may be your special place to hide from the world. Your sanctuary. This Spartan bathroom fits that exact purpose. It has concrete walls and floors and has a single egg-shaped bathtub. This quirkily shaped tub sits below an ached munchin window framed in black. It offers good views and no fuss.
23. Minimal Powder Room
Guest baths sometimes seem like an afterthought squashed into a corner of your first floor. This one is pretty large, but that doesn’t mean you have to stuff a tub into it. Instead, to maintain the feeling of wide-open space, the floating counter, vessel sink, mirror, and bidet are tucked into one corner. A black-framed window fills the sidewall, highlighting the white brick backdrop.
24. Double Delight
If you want a well-lit bath but you don’t want to feel exposed, doubling up is a great idea. A glass shower enclosure bounces light off a large vanity mirror on one side of the bathroom. The second half is a bathtub with misted glass surfaces on either side and a skylight above it. They mimic French doors but only the top halves can open. The bottom half is picture-window glass.
25. Blinding Curtains
The bathroom window ideas applied here are uplifting. Instead of the bathtub lying horizontally against the window, it’s positioned longitudinally. The tub section can be cordoned off with a fast-drying curtain. But since the window is the only light source, you’ll mostly keep it open. A mirror in the darker side of the room grabs light from the munchin window.
26. Marble Marvels
This bathroom is filled with hard, reflective surfaces, but it still feels inviting and soft. The walls, floors, and floating vanity are all glossy gray marble on a white background. But the surface behind the bathtub is made entirely if French windows. A see-through glass door separates this tub and rainwater shower from the rest of the bathroom. The view is to die for.
27. All Glass
You thought a full glass wall was extreme? What if you want three? These daring bathroom window ideas are quite dramatic. The room has obtuse angles, creating a trapezoid structure. Two of the ‘window walls’ have glass mounted from floor to ceiling. The large vanity mirror makes the third wall seem like a window as well. This works best if you don’t have neighbors.
28. Minimal Magic
The last Spartan bathroom we reviewed was plain concrete. But you could also opt for a luxury version of sparse furnishing. This bathroom has white painted walls and hexagonal floor tile prints. A tub and a stool are the only items in the bathroom, and it has two munchin windows framed in black. They flow from floor to ceiling and are separated by blocks of white plaster.
29. Right Angled Glass
This bathroom feels a little off-kilter and it can be disorienting. It’ll take some getting used to. The floor and one wall are made of light-brown grained wood. The ceiling and the other walls are white, with perpendicular windows facing the bathtub. Overhead lights provide artificial light for night-time showers … but only if you don’t mind giving the neighbors a free show…
30. Sandy Stone
If the color scheme of the previous bathroom appeals to you, here’s a low-maintenance version. Instead of beige wood, this bathroom is finished in sandy-colored natural stone. To retain the woody feel, you can use minimalist open shelves and a framework wooden towel rack. The bathroom window is a ‘wall’ made of floor-to-ceiling glass. The window frame is brushed nickel.
31. Ceiling Showers
Instead of tucking a tiny shower into your attic, make it a luxurious bathroom. Install a skylight on the vaulted ceiling and position the bathtub directly below it. Use white tile for the walls and floors, making the space seem bigger and brighter. The skylight serves as your bathroom ‘window’ and as the light reflects off the mirror, your teeny bathroom looks twice its actual size.