What is the best lighting for a bathroom?

What is the best lighting for a bathroom?

Bathroom lights are one of the more crucial decisions to be made in a home. Often neglected, or treated as an after-thought, the lighting in a bathroom should mirror the careful consideration given to hairstyle, make-up application or shaving – as this is where it all happens.

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Bathroom lights are one of the more crucial decisions to be made in a home. Often neglected, or treated as an after-thought, the lighting in a bathroom should mirror the careful consideration given to hairstyle, make-up application or shaving – as this is where it all happens.

When looking for bathroom lighting ideas, as modern lighting designers will agree – look to the future, don’t take inspiration from the single-light bathrooms from decades gone by. For optimal lighting, a bathroom requires multiple light sources to suit the multiple different functions conducted in the room.

Wiri Main Bathroom by Calia Visser Design
Wiri Main Bathroom by Calia Visser Design

What type of lighting is best for bathroom? Four top tips for choosing bathroom lighting

1. Task lighting is imperative for those detail-oriented activities such as shaving and applying make-up. To provide the perfect light for these tasks, consider wall-mounted light fixtures on either side of the sink – LED bulbs will offer exceptional clarity.

2. Accent lighting will properly illuminate those ‘show features’ in the room, such as carefully chosen tiles, a beautiful vase or a piece of art.

3. Ambient Lighting will create a calming atmosphere by producing subtle shadows to smooth the corners of the room, reducing the sterility and adding to the ambience when indulging in a long relaxing bath.

4. Decorative lighting is also an important lighting feature; consider an eye-catching pendant light or make use of brass or chrome fixtures to add a sense of elegance and detail.

Beach Inspiration from a 1960's townhouse by Tile Warehouse
Beach Inspiration from a 1960's townhouse by Tile Warehouse

How to choose the right bathroom lighting

When planning your bathroom design and bathroom lighting, it pays to think of the overarching theme – and to ensure similar finishes. For example, while side mounted sconces don’t necessarily need to match the overhead fixtures, they should remain in keeping with the theme – continuity is key.

Where should the lights be placed in the bathroom? 

Bathroom lighting should provide ample overhead lighting and be complemented by further ambient and task-focused lights such as strip lighting or vanity lighting. A chandelier over a tub will look amazing, provide ambience and create soft shadows – just make sure it’s the right size and shape for the room.

It is preferable to avoid light fixtures that will angle directly down from above the head, as this will create harsh lighting that is not overly flattering. It may also be pertinent to include illumination for decorative ornaments or architectural features.

Top banner image credit: Fendalton Ensuite by Ingrid Geldof Design

Oratia Family Bathroom and Powder Room by Du Bois Design Ltd
Oratia Family Bathroom and Powder Room by Du Bois Design Ltd

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What is the best lighting for a bathroom?

Bathroom lights are one of the more crucial decisions to be made in a home. Often neglected, or treated as an after-thought, the lighting in a bathroom should mirror the careful consideration given to hairstyle, make-up application or shaving – as this is where it all happens.

Words by ArchiPro

Bathroom lights are one of the more crucial decisions to be made in a home. Often neglected, or treated as an after-thought, the lighting in a bathroom should mirror the careful consideration given to hairstyle, make-up application or shaving – as this is where it all happens.

When looking for bathroom lighting ideas, as modern lighting designers will agree – look to the future, don’t take inspiration from the single-light bathrooms from decades gone by. For optimal lighting, a bathroom requires multiple light sources to suit the multiple different functions conducted in the room.

Wiri Main Bathroom by Calia Visser Design
Wiri Main Bathroom by Calia Visser Design

What type of lighting is best for bathroom? Four top tips for choosing bathroom lighting

1. Task lighting is imperative for those detail-oriented activities such as shaving and applying make-up. To provide the perfect light for these tasks, consider wall-mounted light fixtures on either side of the sink – LED bulbs will offer exceptional clarity.

2. Accent lighting will properly illuminate those ‘show features’ in the room, such as carefully chosen tiles, a beautiful vase or a piece of art.

3. Ambient Lighting will create a calming atmosphere by producing subtle shadows to smooth the corners of the room, reducing the sterility and adding to the ambience when indulging in a long relaxing bath.

4. Decorative lighting is also an important lighting feature; consider an eye-catching pendant light or make use of brass or chrome fixtures to add a sense of elegance and detail.

Beach Inspiration from a 1960's townhouse by Tile Warehouse
Beach Inspiration from a 1960's townhouse by Tile Warehouse

How to choose the right bathroom lighting

When planning your bathroom design and bathroom lighting, it pays to think of the overarching theme – and to ensure similar finishes. For example, while side mounted sconces don’t necessarily need to match the overhead fixtures, they should remain in keeping with the theme – continuity is key.

Where should the lights be placed in the bathroom? 

Bathroom lighting should provide ample overhead lighting and be complemented by further ambient and task-focused lights such as strip lighting or vanity lighting. A chandelier over a tub will look amazing, provide ambience and create soft shadows – just make sure it’s the right size and shape for the room.

It is preferable to avoid light fixtures that will angle directly down from above the head, as this will create harsh lighting that is not overly flattering. It may also be pertinent to include illumination for decorative ornaments or architectural features.

Top banner image credit: Fendalton Ensuite by Ingrid Geldof Design

Oratia Family Bathroom and Powder Room by Du Bois Design Ltd
Oratia Family Bathroom and Powder Room by Du Bois Design Ltd

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What is the best lighting for a bathroom?

Bathroom lights are one of the more crucial decisions to be made in a home. Often neglected, or treated as an after-thought, the lighting in a bathroom should mirror the careful consideration given to hairstyle, make-up application or shaving – as this is where it all happens.

Words by ArchiPro

Bathroom lights are one of the more crucial decisions to be made in a home. Often neglected, or treated as an after-thought, the lighting in a bathroom should mirror the careful consideration given to hairstyle, make-up application or shaving – as this is where it all happens.

When looking for bathroom lighting ideas, as modern lighting designers will agree – look to the future, don’t take inspiration from the single-light bathrooms from decades gone by. For optimal lighting, a bathroom requires multiple light sources to suit the multiple different functions conducted in the room.

Wiri Main Bathroom by Calia Visser Design
Wiri Main Bathroom by Calia Visser Design

What type of lighting is best for bathroom? Four top tips for choosing bathroom lighting

1. Task lighting is imperative for those detail-oriented activities such as shaving and applying make-up. To provide the perfect light for these tasks, consider wall-mounted light fixtures on either side of the sink – LED bulbs will offer exceptional clarity.

2. Accent lighting will properly illuminate those ‘show features’ in the room, such as carefully chosen tiles, a beautiful vase or a piece of art.

3. Ambient Lighting will create a calming atmosphere by producing subtle shadows to smooth the corners of the room, reducing the sterility and adding to the ambience when indulging in a long relaxing bath.

4. Decorative lighting is also an important lighting feature; consider an eye-catching pendant light or make use of brass or chrome fixtures to add a sense of elegance and detail.

Beach Inspiration from a 1960's townhouse by Tile Warehouse
Beach Inspiration from a 1960's townhouse by Tile Warehouse

How to choose the right bathroom lighting

When planning your bathroom design and bathroom lighting, it pays to think of the overarching theme – and to ensure similar finishes. For example, while side mounted sconces don’t necessarily need to match the overhead fixtures, they should remain in keeping with the theme – continuity is key.

Where should the lights be placed in the bathroom? 

Bathroom lighting should provide ample overhead lighting and be complemented by further ambient and task-focused lights such as strip lighting or vanity lighting. A chandelier over a tub will look amazing, provide ambience and create soft shadows – just make sure it’s the right size and shape for the room.

It is preferable to avoid light fixtures that will angle directly down from above the head, as this will create harsh lighting that is not overly flattering. It may also be pertinent to include illumination for decorative ornaments or architectural features.

Top banner image credit: Fendalton Ensuite by Ingrid Geldof Design

Oratia Family Bathroom and Powder Room by Du Bois Design Ltd
Oratia Family Bathroom and Powder Room by Du Bois Design Ltd

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