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Designing Room-by-Room: Illuminating the Bathroom

Designing Room-by-Room: Illuminating the Bathroom

Your bathroom is your own private sanctuary where you start and finish your day, where you can be yourself and enjoy a few quiet moments. Styling with the right lighting is key to making it a space where you can feel your best. Here are a few tips to give a little extra attention to decorative lighting choices in these small spaces.

Bathroom lighting is often dictated by the demands of grooming tasks. Thoughtful planning may transform the space into a unique showcase of your decorating style.

While flush mounts are still considered standard ambient lighting for bathrooms, pendants and tightly scaled chandeliers may add a touch of unexpected style, reinventing a utilitarian room as a relaxing oasis.

Wall sconces may assist in creating the soothing ambience of a private day spa. Setting a portable lamp atop a bureau or side table creates an unexpected intimate setting.

White shadow-free illumination at the vanity is essential to sensitive grooming.

Bathroom finish choices are varied. Bright and shiny lighting fixtures in chrome and brass are sure to match other bath accessories. Nevertheless, softer bronze tones offer a novel look, sure to survive the test of time, these pair well with more recent plumbing offerings.



Well diffused light is necessary to avoid shadowing or glare while performing grooming tasks. Fixtures with milky, opaque glass shades or clear shades pressed with a prismatic surface spread light evenly while preserving its intensity.



The shower stall requires additional overhead lighting to assist with hygiene tasks. Be sure that the flush mount fixture you choose is IP rated for wet locations.


Tubs and whirlpools that stand alone can be surrounded by wall sconces to create special ambience. With the overhead fixture turned off, bathers are left to bask in the intimate and relaxing glow.

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