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Bathroom Lighting Ideas

The bathroom is probably not the central gathering place in your house, but that does not mean it doesn’t deserve to shine. Bathroom lighting does not have to be boring! Simple ceiling light installations in a bathroom are a thing of the past. Dimmers, chandeliers, and wall sconces are all being utilized as options to bring dream bathroom lighting to life.


traditional bathroom Bathroom Lighting Ideas


An important consideration for bathroom lighting is layering. Layers of light will provide the best options for the various uses of the room.


transitional bathroom Bathroom Lighting Ideas
Transitional Bathroom by Grand Rapids General Contractors Scott Christopher Homes

bathroom sconces Bathroom Lighting Ideas

Hudson Valley Lighting – Edison Collection 1 light Bath and Vanity // Hudson Valley Lighting – Orleans Satin Nickel Bath and Vanity // Landmark Lighting – Winthrop Vanity

For instance, wall sconces are great for makeup and grooming. Placing one on each side of a mirror will ensure your face is shadow free. Plus, placing the sconces in front of a mirror will double the brightness due to the reflection. It will also make your room look larger, which is definitely another advantage!

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Another layer of light for the bathroom can be decorative in nature. These decorative lights can be used as an option above a tub. A small chandelier can add a touch of sparkle to the room.

Bathroom Chandeliers Bathroom Lighting Ideas

George Kovacs – Jewel Box Chandelier // Kichler – Lucien 9 Light Chrome Chandelier // Feiss – Burnished Silver Leila Chandelier

Also think about creating impact with multiple lights. For instance, you can try a multi-light pendant in front of a vanity with varied heights.

Bathroom Pendant Lights Bathroom Lighting Ideas

Currey & Company – Beckett Trio Pendant // Elk Lighting – Piedra 3 Light Pendant // Sonneman – Teardrop 3 Light Pendant

It is important to remember that bathrooms do need a lot of bright light (and brightness will add to the spa-like feel of the room). Installing a dimmer on the light fixtures is a great option to consider. You can utilize the bright light for grooming purposes, but you also have the ability to dim the light to take a relaxing soak in the tub.


traditional bathroom Bathroom Lighting Ideas


An additional layer of light to think about for the bathroom is overhead lights. These lights create ambient/general light for the room. Just be careful to leave head room if they are fixtures that are not recessed.

Finally, when you are installing light for your bathroom, keep in mind that you will want to mimic daylight as much as possible with your fixtures. Select lights with white, frosted, or clear shades/bulbs attached to ensure the most realistic lighting for your space.

How are you lighting your bathrooms?