Bathroom windows allow the sun to shine where, normally, “the sun don’t shine.” Who doesn’t love a soak in the tub with rays of sun filling the room? While skylights and solar tubes do the same thing, they typically don’t add as much architectural interest as windows do. And they often don’t provide as much light. The big advantage skylights and solar tubes have over windows? Built-in privacy. But don’t let privacy worries keep you from going with bathroom windows. There are plenty of solutions. Check out these ideas, and don’t be afraid to combine them to create a totally unique look!
Use transom windows. Transom windows are wide, short windows. Normally, they’re used above existing windows unit or door frames, but they work fine above other architectural elements, too. Think things like shower enclosures or wainscoting.
Use switchable privacy glass. Never heard of it? This new technology makes it possible to have a single pane of glass alternate between translucent and transparent at the flip of a switch.
Use window coverings. Woven shades, translucent curtains, or wooden shutters—to varying degrees, all of these offer privacy while allowing in natural light.
Use glass block, frosted glass, or stained glass. Don’t need a scenic view? If it’s just architectural interest and natural light you want, these are all great options.
Use a cabinet window. Much like a porthole on a ship, a cabinet window allows you to complete close off the window if you want. This can be great for people who like a candlelight bath during daylight hours!
Add an interior courtyard. This is for major renovations or new construction, and it’s gorgeous. An internal, or central, courtyard is located within the actual house. These are actually quite common in other developed countries.
Wall it in. Can’t swing an interior courtyard? Fake one. Plant a bitty pocket garden outside the bathroom window and contain it within a privacy fence, security wall, or exterior screen.