Practical Bathroom Lighting that Looks the Part October 23 2015, 0 Comments

There are a few rules of thumb when it comes to bathroom lighting. For example, just like with any other room in the house, it’s important to layer your lighting. That is, choosing a variety of lighting fixtures so your lighting scheme is balanced and flexible. But there are style choices to be made, too. The fixture itself should fit in the décor, and its light should flatter the interior. In this blog, we want to show you a few beautiful bathroom lighting ideas that are both practical AND look the part.

Unusual light bulb makes for great task lighting

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Bathroom lighting tips always include something about the task lights that allow you to do your daily activities in front of the mirror. Brushing your teeth, applying make-up, shaving, etc. And rightfully so! It’s important to hang light sources on either side of the mirror, so your entire face will be lit without shadows. Tall sconces at eye level are usually the preferred choice. However, the vintage industrial style of this bathroom begged for a cage light. The chosen fixture with a long tubular-shaped light bulb is a perfect match.

A grand lighting statement

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As in other rooms, there is often a general light in the bathroom to provide a comfortable lighting level. Using a single pendant for that doubles as decorative lighting for this purpose can help you make a style statement. In this vintage bathroom, the grand schoolhouse pendant light imbues a strong sense of class and old-world charm.

Bathing in soft light

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Apart from being practical, bathroom lighting can also work to create a more relaxed atmosphere. When you’re soaking in the tub, it’s nice to have a lighting level that’s a bit more low-key. Indirect lights that are operated by their own switch are a good start. Dimmers are also great. Above, the two small wooden pendant lights can be combined with dimmable LED Edison-style light bulbs to emanate a lovely soft light to bathe in.

Leave your mark

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If you have a nice piece of artwork or perhaps a feature wall in your bathroom, you can make it stand out by using accent lighting. Recessed downlights are a good choice, as they don’t draw much attention to themselves and allow you to direct the light toward your object or feature of choice. In the bathroom above, recessed directional lights show off the feature wall print, other hidden lights define the dark concrete wall. It really leaves a positive mark on the interior.

These bathroom lighting tips should give you a good start in choosing your own practical and stylish bathroom lights. Do you have any bathroom lighting ideas of your own to share? Let your fellow readers know in the comments below!

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