Rethinking Your Bathroom Lighting Design

Bright walls with contrasting furniture can really set the mood for interesting bathroom lighting. Photo by Kichler Lighting.
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Do you enter your bathroom each morning wishing there was more of a pop to your overall lighting design? You’re certainly not alone; many of homeowners are left uninspired by their bathroom’s look.

Since the bathroom is likely the spot you use to get ready for your day, the room is an essential part of your morning routine. Bathroom lighting can be inspirational, helping to kick-start your morning or relax you at night as you wind down.

Where to Start

With bathroom lighting, you need to first think about the types of lighting fixtures you want to use. Many home designs use recessed LED light fixtures to create directional lighting. This will illuminate your bathroom space efficiently, but with light dimmers, you can control the mood with just a touch of your light switch.

Additionally, think about your sink and bathroom mirror. This is the area where you do most your work to get ready in the morning. You need bright and vibrant lighting to ensure you don’t leave home with smeared lipstick or toothpaste in the corner of your mouth.

Move Away from the Traditional

If you’re uninspired by your bathroom lighting design, try something completely fresh and new. Instead of standard exposed light bulbs above your bathroom mirror, try adding wall sconces to each side of the mirror. Harsh lights at the top of a mirror can cast shadows that make tasks like shaving or applying makeup more difficult.

Know Your Colors
Bathrooms should be calm and relaxing, but not dark enough to put you back to sleep while your trying to get ready for the day. Try mixing bright, light paint colors on the wall with darker accents, such as dark wood cabinets or mirror frames. The two contrasting colors will complement one another and give a unique design to your bathroom.

If you want more color, implement decorative pieces in the bathroom, such as a framed picture, brightly colored towels or a shelf holding colorful bathroom knickknacks above the toilet.

It’s always best to let the accessories shine with bright colors, because you can easily change these items out. However, when investing in new paint or cabinet material pick something you know will stand the test of time.

Visit your local ALA showroom or go online to americanlightingassoc.com to learn more about bathroom lighting options.

Bright walls with contrasting furniture can really set the mood for interesting bathroom lighting. Photo by Kichler Lighting.
Bright walls with contrasting furniture can really set the mood for interesting bathroom lighting. Photo by Kichler Lighting.
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  1. Recessed LED light fixtures is best for illuminating directional lighting. LED light also goes well matched with any wall color. Push dim LED lights is a great option for bathroom lighting.

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