Start your day on the right foot with a beautiful light above your bathroom vanity. These hardworking fixtures cast the right light on your face and provide a pretty decorative element to a room filled with hard surfaces.
Make your mornings bright by adding a beautiful light fixture above your bathroom vanity. In addition to serving as a decorative element that brings style to the space, these fixtures provide proper lighting for important grooming tasks such as shaving or putting on makeup.
Whether you're building a new home, gutting an existing bathroom, or just looking for an inexpensive way to update your space, you can find a vanity light fixture that's perfectly suited to your needs. They are available in a nearly endless variety of styles, sizes, and price points.
When choosing vanity fixtures, first assess how much light you need. Bathrooms without natural light from a window are likely to need more or brighter vanity lights. In most cases, a vanity fixture alone can't provide enough overall light for an entire bathroom. They are best used in conjunction with recessed or other overhead lighting.
Next, consider what size of fixture will look best in your space. When buying a bar-style or multiple-light fixture, a good rule of thumb is to pick one that's no wider than the vanity cabinet (it is OK, however, if the fixture is wider than the mirror). Long vanities might require multiple fixtures, and double sinks look best with a separate fixture over each. Sconces can be hung on both sides of a mirror if there isn't room above for a light. Or, they can be paired with bar fixtures to provide more light and prevent shadows on the sides of your face.
The vanity fixture you purchase should also coordinate with the decorating style of the bathroom or adjoining rooms. Select a finish that coordinates with other fixtures in the home. Popular choices include chrome, brushed nickel, antique brass, and oil-rubbed bronze.
When it comes to providing proper lighting, a fixture is only as good as the bulbs you use. A very bright light first thing in the morning can shock the system. Choose lower-wattage bulbs to prevent the glare of harsh light; dimmer switches can also be used to help control brightness. For the most flattering light, choose coated or frosted bulbs and select fixtures with frosted-glass covers rather than bare bulbs.
Whatever vanity fixture you choose, be sure it is designed for use in the bathroom. This will ensure it is waterproof and safe for the space.
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-Add more bathroom storage in a few simple steps. First, stretch the storage and function of your bathroom prep area by removing cabinet doors from your vanity and adding pretty bins. Remove the cabinet door and gain a handy spot for a laundry hamper. Add shelves to the spacious cabinet box interior to double up on storage space and fill the bathroom cabinet with extra toilet paper or shampoos. For bath towel storage, slip and X-shape wine bottle cube inside another exposed cabinet box. Roll rather than fold towels for optimal storage. Dedicate a long shallow tray to hairstyling tools. A tray made of metal won't be in danger of melting as the tools cool on the bathroom counter. Look beyond the vanity for storage and add wall-mounted shelves for additional bathroom storage. Organize items in jars and bins to keep clutter under control. Assign an individual tote to each family member for bathroom accessories. Choose lightweight scrabble ball acrylic or plastic and to fix adhesive 9 labels. If you sort bath necessities and individual totes, choose bins in the same size in coordinating colors or patterns for a pleasing look and easy storage. Save space by lifting your dental are items off the counter-top. Stash them in wall-mounted container such as this holder made for kitchen utensils. With a few clever tweaks, you can gain more storage from your bathroom and cut clutter in the hard working but often tiny space.