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Classic Bathroom Lighting

July 2, 2021

General bathroom lighting
In the bathroom lighting should be designed with function in mind. It is important to have adequate task lighting around the vanity mirror so that there is sufficient light when you are applying makeup or shaving. Choosing the right light bulbs is also important. Lighting in the bathroom shouldn’t be too strong or too dim. The bathroom needs comfortable levels of light overall. This is so we can move around the area safely if it is slippery. Also ensure all the light fixtures and bulbs you use in the bathroom lighting scheme are specifically designed for the wet bathroom spaces. Safety comes first.

Lighting in layers
As a variety of tasks are performed in the bathroom layered lighting is important so that you can adjust the lighting to suit each task. A ceiling light helps to provide general light around the room. Recessed lighting is also good way to light up the shower, bath or toilet area. The lighting aim in the bathroom is to produce bright, comfortable unshadowed light. Lighting finishes such as nickel, brushed chrome and stainless steel are also more suited to the bathroom as they won’t corrode.

Vanity lighting
At the bathroom vanity a crisp white light is best for producing an even skin tone. It is also best to avoid placing any kind of light above the mirror, as this will only cast light onto the forehead and cast shadows under your eyes. Instead place wall lights on each side of the mirror; this creates a more flattering effect.

Wall lights mounted at eye level are an elegant option. Wall sconces are also a great way to bring tradition and style the bathroom space. Wall lights come with single or double bulbs and they can be facing upward or downwards depending on your lighting preferences. Shades on your bathroom wall lights can help to soften the light. But don’t use fabric shades in the bathroom, instead use alabaster, glass or metal light shades. Sconces or wall lights can also be placed directly onto the mirror itself. This creates interesting reflective light effects and it is especially helpful if you have a small bathroom without much wall space.

A swing arm light is another good option for lighting the bathroom mirror as it provides you with a lot of flexibility in terms of where the lights faces. Track lighting is another versatile option often placed above the mirror. Another option is to hang pendant lights either side of the vanity mirror or use a pendant light to light up a dark corner of the bathroom.

Accent lighting in the bathroom
It is important to use lighting to decorate your bathroom as well. Wall sconces are an ideal way to add elegant features to your bathroom. To create different lighting moods be sure to plan your lighting in a series of layers. A ceiling light provides good overall illumination. Choose a bathroom chandelier to add a touch of luxury. Wall-mounted light fittings help to provide task lighting and accent lighting creating interest in the room. If there is a dark corner or bare wall within your bathroom, dress it up with a wall sconce.

Bathroom lighting needs to combine general ambient lighting for practical safety, accent lighting for atmosphere and task lighting for the vanity. If you also wish to decorate your bathroom with artwork or decorative features, a spotlight is another essential lighting option. Finally, don’t forget to install a dimmer switch in the bathroom. This is essential for creating mood and atmospheric. The bathroom is increasingly a place where we can go to relax and rejuvenate. Soft bathroom lighting helps you to relax when taking a bath or when brushing your teeth before bed.

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

An expert on interior design, craftsmanship and fine arts, Jean-Christophe has trained extensively in Italy, France and Switzerland. Since moving to Australia, he has supplied many of the country’s grand homes and collected a number of awards for his furniture designs.