When planning the lighting for your bathroom, remember that you want it to work equally well at all times of the day and throughout the year, whether its dark December or sunny July. Youll also want to use the bathroom for different purposes at different times. A muted colour scheme will stop a bathroom with bright lights from looking too clinical. If your bathroom is on the small side, consider a few spotlights on the ceiling over the bath and basin. Install a dimmer switch for the best effect.
Bathroom lighting has to work on many levels. Think about how you will use the bathroom at different times of day. You want your bathroom to be bright and functional in the mornings, especially around the mirror area, but you also want to be able to wind down in the evenings with a nice relaxing bath. Fairly bright lights pointing in all directions make this a bathing space thats perfect for relaxing soaks with no danger of dazzling beams. Reccessed walls are great for hiding spotlights and LEDs.
To help you choose the right bathroom lighting, think about who is going to be using the space. If its a childrens bathroom, you might want motion-sensitive lighting that switches on and off by itself. If its going to be used by adults, you may want mood lighting or a dimmer, and several different circuits perhaps a low-level light in the shower, floor lighting, overhead lighting and lights around the mirror. Downlights work hard in this bathroom scheme, from the spots in the ceiling to the sparkling pendant, but the star of the show is the decadent floor lamp. The modern plasma fire makes bath time extra special.
The marble around the top of the bath gives this bathroom a hint of luxury. Lights dotted around the wall create a romantic atmosphere, add warmth to the scheme, and can easily be replaced.
The mirror doubles the room in size, while the twin basin unit adds a touch of hotel chic to this bathroom. Take inspiration from the bedroom by incorporating two wall lamps on either side of the mirror.
Similar basin unit
John Bullock Design
The roll-top bath is strategically positioned next to windows cut out of the fretwork of beams. His-and-hers basins are a stylish and practical option for large bathrooms.
Freestanding bath and basin
Bill Landon Bathrooms
For a dramatic look, use gold leaf on one wall of the bathroom and combine with rich-red brick tiles and a freestanding bath. Downlights work hard in this bathroom. The lights emphasise the curved lines of the fittings and cast a flattering glow across the bath.
Create a focal point in your bathroom with a grand chandelier. A glistening metal and crystal number suits this traditional bathroom, but you could also add a classic twist by opting for a bold antique chandelier. A traditional washstand and mirror give a decorative look to this bathroom. The claw foot bath sits on French limestone tiles and is positioned to give a view across the fields.
Lighting doesn't have to be artificial. Go back to basics with simple lighting, such as candles, for a romantic atmosphere in your bathroom. Scatter a selection of pretty holders on shelves and tables for a decorative look. Always remember to blow out your candles once you leave the room. Gorgeous gold and silver-toned wisteria wallpaper creates a sumptuous sanctuary in this shabby-chic bathroom.