8 Tips for the Best Bathroom Lighting Design

Posted by Dean Bailey on

How are you supposed to shave or put on your makeup in a dimly-lit bathroom?

We can only look our best when we've got the best bathroom lighting design to work with. But what lights are best? How should they be arranged? And what practical steps can you take to update your bathroom lighting design?

From the master bathroom lighting to individual spotlights, here are eight tips that'll turn your bathroom into the most stylish room in the house.

1. Stylish Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting can look really modern and trendy. They tend to create less harsh and more natural light than overhead master lighting.

Of course, you'll also have to choose appropriate lightbulbs for these to deliver that. Recessed lighting also makes great use of space, as they're built into the walls of the bathroom rather than sticking out.

This shelters them so they're less prone to become damaged. They can also easily be protected from splashback with a waterproof finish.

2. Directional Lighting

Light that shines straight down will cast shadows on your face. It can also cause odd reflections off the shiny surfaces in your bathroom, sending strange lighting all around the room.

Think about installing directional overhead lighting that you can reposition to suit your needs. Play around with the direction until you find something that fits the room.

Remember, though, that some bulbs get really hot. Don't move them until they've cooled down!

Also, consider placing lamps beside the mirror. You can angle these so your face isn't in shadow when you look straight at it. That's the ideal solution if you need to put on makeup or style your hair.

3. Decorative Lamps

Decorative lamps like chandeliers and pendant lamps aren't normally a fantastic source of light. This is partly because of how glass and other materials refract light.

They're generally designed to be an ornament first, and a light second. Still, they're great for adding a touch of luxury to an otherwise practical set-up.

But they're only one part of the puzzle. You need some functional lighting alongside these lamps.

Keep in mind, too, that not all decorative lamps hang from the ceiling. Think about some shaded lamps on the walls to add a touch of retro chic to your interior.

4. Natural Light

If your bathroom only has a small window, have you considered that it's not just electric lights that could improve the lighting?

Is your current bathroom window dingy or dirty? Does it allow a lot of light through? If you're doing a serious home remodelling and it's not a load-bearing wall, you might think about creating new windows.

For example, a parallel row of thin, rectangular windows will let a lot of natural light in. These will look really great set alongside recessed lamps, creating the same pattern on the other walls.

If you don't want to go all in right now, even installing hooks so that any curtains can be fully drawn back is a good first step.

5. Illuminated Mirrors

Choosing the right mirror is just as important as the lighting. You need to take care to choose a mirror--and a position for it--that isn't going to shine the light back into your eyes.

There's an easy solution to this conundrum. That's to take care of your mirror and your lighting needs all at once by installing an illuminated mirror.

These incorporate backlighting or LED spotlights. That way, you get enough light to do whatever you're doing without other light sources distracting you.

6. Consider Floor Lighting

Here's something jazzy--light up a path to the bathtub with waves or dots of light that come up through the floor.

Granted, it's not the cheapest option on this list. But it certainly looks cool!

If you're looking to 'wow' guests, floor lighting is the best way to do that. You can even have all sorts of patterns woven across the floor, personalised to your tastes.

7. Think About Energy Use

This isn't exactly an exciting tip, but you should always think about energy usage when selecting light bulbs for your bathroom.

There are environmental factors that will affect your decision. But there's also the fact that household bills are being driven ever upwards by gas and electricity prices.

Find energy efficient lightbulbs using great advice from the Energy Saving Trust. Why pay extra when you don't have to?

8. Lighting Colour

The lighting in your bathroom isn't just about intensity or positioning. It's also about the choice of lighting colour.

A light bulb's colour is measured as a 'colour temperature' in a unit called Kelvin. The best choice for a bathroom tends to be somewhere in the middle of the range, between 3500K to 4000K.

Lower than this is too dim to see details, while 'daylight' bulbs are too harsh for an early morning.

The other relevant unit is the Lumen. This is the actual measure of how bright a bulb is, as opposed to the colour of the light it produces. Again, shooting in the middle of the range is a good idea for bathrooms.

The Best Bathroom Lighting Design

We hope this list has lit up your life--or at least your bathroom.

But what's next for this room? Now you've got the lights sorted, how about a new mirror or bathroom units?

If you're looking for storage solutions to go with your new and improved bathroom lighting design, be sure to browse our online catalogue.

And we'll be happy to answer any questions you have on 01422 865101. Give us a call or stop by soon!


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