Six Bathroom Renovation Lighting Tips & Ideas

Bathroom Lighting

Lighting can make a big difference in how we view something. If you go to an art gallery or museum, the type of lighting, as well as the distance between yourself, the painting, and the lights illuminating it, can really help bring those masterpieces to life. Some artists, such as Andy Warhol and Mark Rothko, even gave instructions on how they wanted their paintings to be lit and the distance that lights and patrons should be from their masterpieces. They knew what a huge difference the right lighting can make so why not take advantage of it yourself with these bathroom renovation lighting tips.

  1. Embrace Natural Lighting

While a lot of lighting solutions on this list embrace fluorescent lights, it’s worth remembering that natural lighting can sometimes get the job done just as well or even better.

For example, natural lighting can be a great way to make your bathroom feel a bit warmer and more welcoming. True, “welcoming” isn’t necessarily the first thing most of us think of when we think of our bathrooms. Even so, we all know how alienating and disconcerting a public restroom can be and the bright, harsh light is part of the reason why. By contrast, opting for natural light can make your bathroom feel less harsh and thus more soothing and calming for yourself and guests.

In addition, natural lighting can be a great way to breathe life into your bathroom décor. Curtained windows can be a great way to break up a monochromatic interior with a bit of life and color. While bathrooms can be notoriously difficult to decorate for obvious reasons, elegant bathroom décor can be a great way to really show off your decorating skills.

One way to achieve both of these at once is with a skylight. This is something that definitely isn’t available in industrial public restrooms and so can be a great way to give your boudoir a bit of a personal touch. It’s also a great way to flood your bathroom with natural light without a massive window, which can raise privacy concerns.

  1. Soft Lighting

Maybe your bathroom isn’t in a good position for a window or skylight and maybe neither appeal to you. Either way, you should still try to opt for softer lighting, which means selecting light bulbs and lighting apparatuses that feature soft, warm lights as opposed to harsh, bright ones. Remember to keep in mind that if you don’t have a window or skylight, your bathroom will be a small enclosed space. This means that light leakage should be minimal so don’t feel that you need to overdo it.

The type of lighting you employ can also make a big difference. Where bright fluorescent lighting can be harsh, LED lighting can be a bit calmer and warmer.

When it comes to bathroom lighting, a little goes a long way.

  1. Consider Lighting When Decorating

As stated above, lighting has always played a huge part in how we view art so why should your bathroom be any different? If you’re looking to transform your bathroom into a masterpiece of interior decorating, you can bet that the way it’s lit will be hugely important. That’s why you’ll want to carefully consider the effects that any lighting setup will have on your bathroom décor.

For example, consider your bathroom walls. What color are they and how do those colors show up under different amounts of light? To go back a moment, cream, coffee, and similar warm colors do quite well with natural soft lighting while blues, greens, and patterns can often benefit from well-placed artificial lighting to really bring out their full brilliance and character.

Now think about your tiling, sink, and bathtub and shower. These may all be different colors from your walls and indeed may be different colors from one another. What’s more, the texture of these tiled surfaces will be far more reflective than your walls. What may be warm lighting for cream-colored walls can become blindingly bright when it starts bouncing off highly reflective tiling.

You, therefore, need to take all colors and textures into account when lighting your bathroom.

  1. Account for Differences with Zoned Lighting

Maybe you love your cream-colored walls and gleaming white bathroom shower and don’t want to get rid of either due to your lighting needs. If so, zoned lighting may be the answer. This works by having different lights controlled by different switches, allowing you to turn them on or off as needed.

Maybe you want an overhead light to serve as your primary light but also want to be able to switch it off in favor of light over your shower while you’re in there. Maybe you want to be able to raise or dim the level of lighting. With zoned lighting and dimmable lights, you can enjoy greater control over your bathroom lighting setup than ever before.

  1. Working with Mirrors

When lighting any room in your home, you need to be able to account for mirrors.

Obviously, mirrors will reflect any light even more than your tiled bathroom fixtures so be careful about placing any lights directly above or opposite the mirror. On the other hand, mirrors can be very useful for that very reason as they reflect light and help make a room seem bigger and more spacious. Consider placing bathroom lights at an angle from or, better still, on the ceiling above and a bit away from the mirror for maximum effect.

  1. Experience on Your Side

When it comes to something as important as figuring out how to light your bathroom, you want to make sure that the job is done right and this means turning to experience that you can trust. Even if you are experienced with home lighting setups, it can be beneficial to bring in bathroom renovation and lighting specialists. They can share their own lighting ideas and industry and technical insights as well as the latest bathroom lights on the market.

Make your bathroom décor a masterpiece with the right lighting setup today.

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