The bathroom is one of the only rooms in a home where we’re expected and encouraged to lock ourselves inside. With that kind of permission, it makes sense to use this private space as a luxurious sanctuary. Make the most of your haven by giving it the correct lighting. You want to create an atmosphere that’s relaxing and spa like. Having the flexibility to adjust the lighting is also very important to suit to what the bathroom is being used for.
Always consider lighting once the location of fixtures has been finalised, think about the ambience you want to create and the features that you’d like to draw attention to, such as a bath or architectural details. With lighting properly arranged, the bathroom can become both a functional and attractive space that will comfort you and impress your guests.
No matter the size of your suite, multiple lights will always enhance the design. A combination of downlights, task lighting, accent spotlights and recessed styles will create a scheme to suit all needs, providing practical lighting for day-to-day tasks, low-level ambient light and illumination at night. Bathroom lights are about sensuality and practicality so combine soft with bright lights. The latter should appear in the main ceiling light and in illuminated cabinets while the former is perfect for downlights and other types of mood lighting.
Illuminated mirrors and mirror cabinets are another great idea, especially when it comes to fiddly things like applying makeup or putting in contact lenses. A row of lights over the mirror is standard practice, but it’s actually the least effective way to light the bathroom for necessary tasks. Side lighting offers a much more even and shadow-free light for your face. Mount sconces on each side in the middle of the mirrors for symmetry and the best light distribution.
In bathroom lighting design, bathtub lighting fixtures are almost the opposite of vanity lighting. While vanity lighting seeks to provide as much information while interfering with the rest of room as little as possible, bathtub lighting seeks to provide as much comfort as possible while being interfered with by the rest of the room as little as possible. The lights needs to be dim and muted over a bathtub to add a sensual ambience whilst enjoying a relaxing bath.