The Art of Lighting: How to Add Design and Function to Your Bathroom

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home lightingHave you noticed the huge difference the right kind of lighting can do to your home? Imagine what it can do for your bathroom. If you are building a bathroom or thinking of redecorating your bathroom, you need to learn how to choose the right lighting and how to position them in the bathroom. You need to optimize the aesthetic and functional purpose of bathroom lights. Choosing the right lights will ensure this.

Speaking of lights, you should make sure that they are installed properly. You should consider having your bathroom inspected and the lights checked after the renovation or construction. You have to make sure that your bathroom is constructed and the lights installed properly. We can help you with that. We can assist you in obtaining council approval for unauthorized constructions. If you are going to buy a newly constructed home, you should also consider having it inspected before you sign the contract.

A bathroom remodel is one of the most-desired home updates; it changes the way you start and end your day and also touts a high return on investment. Most homeowners focus on a new vanity, sink, tub or toilet. But one of the most important – yet overlooked – aspects of bath design is proper lighting. Lighting not only affects the ambiance of the room, but also the functionality.

Most bathrooms have lower quality lighting than a janitor’s closet, and most of those bathrooms have a single recessed light over the vanity. That’s just not enough. Even the most luxurious bathroom is not functioning to its full potential if it has poorly planned illumination.’

When it comes to the art of lighting, it’s about function as much as it is style. In addition to selecting the design and finish, keep in mind the role each light will play in the bathroom. By choosing the best lighting and its placement, you can transform both the ambiance and utility of the space.

When evaluating bathroom lighting options, you have to ask yourself these questions:

1. How large is the room?

2. What activities occur in this room?

3. How much natural light is in the space?

4. How many lights are in the area?

5. What type of style/design suits the room best?

The bathroom is where most people shower, shave or apply makeup, so you need to consider the importance of task lighting in addition to ambient lighting. Task lighting should be allocated to each functional area of the bath – particularly the grooming area. Task lighting takes into consideration not only the type of light, but also the placement.


The placement of a light can dramatically affect the aesthetics of the room as well as its functionality. Top-down lights provide basic general lighting. They can also add dramatic accents to areas you wish to
illuminate. A single overhead light placed directly over the mirror can cause lots of shadows on the face. The same is true for vertical mirror lights placed too far from one another. This makes it difficult to do common tasks such as shaving or applying makeup. Instead, couple overhead lighting with a vertical light source on either side of the mirror for even lighting across the face.


If you already have an overhead light source, consider adding vertical task lighting. This helps eliminate shadows and improve visibility. Choose lights with neutral design that works with virtually any cabinet style or bath decor. Energy-efficient, eco-friendly fluorescent bulbs duplicate natural light and last longer than incandescent bulbs. Getting lights with an optional dimmer allows you to control the illumination, so you can create task lighting when you’re getting ready in the morning. You can also dim to create a more subdued and relaxed mood when having your evening soak.

Another great task lighting option for mirrors and vanities is the pendant and sconce lights. A dim light adds an element of safety when you have to use the restroom in the middle of the night without interrupting your partner with a bright light. Excess light can also interrupt melatonin production – an integral part of the restorative process during sleep. Modern designs are sleek and stylish. They are vastly improved from the traditional sconce.

If you are thinking of redesigning or renovating your bathroom, give the lighting careful consideration. In order to optimize style and function, you’ll want to install lights that offer aesthetic and functional benefits.

April 3 2013 - 01:22 PM