Choosing the right bathroom lighting

Are you finding it difficult to choose the correct lighting for your bathroom? When choosing lighting, it is important to consider the size of the room, the type you want, and the overall design of the space. But you can easily find yourself overwhelmed, simply just by the amount of choice. But don’t worry, our guide to selecting the right lighting for your bathroom will help.

Bathroom Sizes

The size of your room will determine the type of lighting you should use. If you’re working with a smaller room you may find recessed lighting or wall sconces are a great option as they provide a soft, ambient light without taking up too much space.

Lighting behind mirrors

For larger bathrooms, you may want to use multiple light sources, such as recessed lighting, wall sconces, and pendant lights. A combination of overhead lighting and task lighting is ideal. Task lighting can be used to highlight specific areas, such as your vanity or shower, while overhead lighting can provide more general illumination. 

Natural Lighting

Natural bathroom lighting

If you can, natural light in a bathroom is always best. Not only a window great for ventilation but it also helps save on the bills. We understand that isn’t alway an option in many homes, so if you cannot get natural light in your bathroom, consider LED or fluorescent lighting for a bright, energy-efficient option. 

Bathroom Functionality

When considering lighting options, you may also want to consider the bathroom’s functionality.

Is it a family bathroom?

Is it an adult-only zone?

Is it a downstairs loo with no window?

The function of the bathroom should also be taken into consideration when selecting the lighting and this will help to filter your options. If the bathroom is used for grooming, you may want to use brighter lights or if the bathroom is used for relaxation, you may want to use softer lighting. You can of course create a mixture of lighting points, as mentioned previously for a bathroom that has lots of different functionalities. 

Coloured Lighting

Soft lighting in the bathroom

Another point to consider when selecting your light sources, are the colours of the lighting. The colours of the lighting can also affect the overall look of the bathroom, warmer colours, such as yellow and orange, can create a cosy atmosphere. Cooler colours, such as blue and green, can create a more modern look. So think about the atmosphere you are trying to create and let this help feed your decision. Something to be aware of is that sometimes bulbs can be expensive, so consider this when selecting your lighting. 

Bathroom Style

Finally, make sure the lighting you choose complements the overall design of the space. The style of the needs to be taken into consideration when selecting the right lighting. If the bathroom has a modern design, you may want to use sleek, contemporary lighting fixtures. If the bathroom has a more traditional design, you may want to use more ornate fixtures.

You can find lighting for your bathroom at most home improvement stores, lighting stores, and online retailers.

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