Bathroom Lighting Ideas
Show off your bathroom's best features with great bathroom lighting.
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Add Hardworking Lighting
A pair of wall sconces illuminates a freestanding bath vanity. Their nickel finish and white shades complement the vanity stand and faucet. Mounting bathroom sconces directly on the wall mirror doubles their impact and offers shadow-free task lighting for grooming.
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Use Ceiling-Mount Fixtures
Light a walk-in shower with ceiling-mount fixtures -- made for a wet location -- for soft directional lighting. The flush design keeps them from competing with the streamlined style of the shower stall.
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Install Decorative Lighting
Overhead bathroom lighting like this provides general or ambient light. Make sure the bottom of the fixture is at least 7 feet above the floor to leave enough headroom.
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Reflect Light with Mirrors
Make a small bath feel larger with a large mirror. Install sconces on the mirror to reflect light. The sleek design of the sconces contributes to the contemporary style of the space.
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Add Style with Unique Pendants
A pair of industrial pendants with mirrored shades gives a bath a custom look.
Be sure to select bulbs designed for vanity illumination. They generate light in the daylight spectrum. Avoid bulbs that are too white or too yellow -- they won't reflect how you look outside the bathroom.
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Boost Style with Traditional Sconces
A trio of sconces over a double vanity enhances the design of a classic cottage bathroom. Matching shades soften the glare.
If the fixture normally takes an incandescent bulb, replace the bulb with a compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFL) for greater energy efficiency and longer life. Remember that when you flip the light switch, some CFLs require about a minute to reach full brightness.
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Choose Unique Fixtures
Dress up a bathroom with a contemporary light fixture. A galvanized-metal barn sconce adds industrial style in a small bath and shines light on the rustic vanity.
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Decorate with Lighting
A pretty glass pendant hangs over a sink like jewelry. The glass shade disappears against the large mirror.
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Enhance Design with Sconces
Choose lighting that coordinates with the bathroom's design. Silver candlestick sconces complement the hammered-finish mirror frame and the room's elegant style.
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Go for Functional Design
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Consider Task Lighting
Sconces hung at eye level on each side of the mirror are ideal for grooming. Other light sources in the room only provide general illumination.
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Embellish the Shades
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Classic Lighting Style
Simple sconces enhance a beautiful white bathroom. A ceiling-mount fixture and a window provide general illumination in the space. If you're remodeling your bathroom, consult an interior designer with expertise in bathroom lighting to help you develop a lighting plan that's both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
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Highlight Contemporary Style
A sleek horizontal sconce hung over the mirror is the finishing touch in a modern bath. Choose a bathroom light fixture that's at least as wide as the mirror to avoid shadows.
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In a large bathroom, it's important to include multiple light sources to create layers of light. Sconces beside the mirrors offer task lighting for grooming. Overhead lights fill the space with ambient light, and windows add natural light.
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