Bathrooms perform a double duty in the household; they’re definitely functional but can also be your haven for relaxation. When renovating or designing from scratch, you’ll want to pay special attention to your bathroom lighting. It’s often overlooked in the face of so many other design choices; the fixtures, the wall color, tiles, tub surround, etc. The right lighting can take a bathroom from dull to delightful. Here are some tips before you make your choice:
Obviously, no matter what function the light is going to serve, you’ll want something that goes with the style you’re trying to create in the rest of the room. Take into account the color of your taps and tiles when choosing your light fixture finish. If the bathroom has a modern feel, a light fixture that has a brushed nickel or black finish with simple, straight lines might be your best bet. Stick with the same theme throughout so that your light fixture doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb, but blends with the room as a whole.
The world is your oyster when it comes to finishes. Light fixtures can be made of an assortment of products; metal, plastic, crystal, wood…there’s no limit to your imagination these days. Again, you’ll want to think about the theme or feel of the rest of your bathroom. It’s a good idea to keep the finish on your taps and light fixtures complimentary.
This type of lighting is the workhorse of any room. In a bathroom, it’s the light by which you’ll shave, apply makeup, and do all of your grooming. Task lighting is most often placed right at the vanity where it’s largely needed, but it’s often done improperly. If you mount task lighting over top of your mirror, the light will cast a shadow over the lower half of your face; mounted on either side of the mirror, however, improves the visibility of your whole face. Sconces work great for this type of lighting.
If there is anything that you want to highlight in the bathroom (maybe a recessed wall with art or a tile mosaic) accent lighting is your best bet. You could also put an accent light over a shelf with folded hand towels and soaps. Whatever you’d like to feature in the bathroom, consider accent light to show it off to the best degree.
Looking for a light to tie everything together? A decorative chandelier or pendant light adds that sparkle to any bathroom, no matter the style. Think dazzling crystal or feathered piece for a delicate, feminine bathroom, or a dark wooden frame surrounding a bare bulb pendant for a cabin style bathroom with a more masculine bend.
Natural Light and Wattage
If there’s a lot of natural light in your bathroom (during the time when you’ll most need it) then you can consider a lower wattage of bulb, especially in the case of your decorative light. As a rule, however, it’s best to go with a 75 to 100W bulb in your task and accent light fixtures. Since natural light changes drastically throughout the day, and can certainly be an asset, you’ll want to have control over the times when you can’t rely on what’s coming through your window.
Choosing your lighting can be as enjoyable as choosing any other part of your bathroom. Explore the possibilities and have fun with it!
This article was written by Jon Reyes from Clearwells. Jon has been writing articles for over 10 years and is a commanding voice in the health and fitness community.