Get ready to rejuvenate in a spa-like retreat, courtesy of some strategic lighting! Just because bathrooms tend to be smaller spaces in the home doesn’t mean they should be any less dramatic when it comes to light and shadow. In fact, if you think about it, much of the time spent in the bathroom getting ready occurs at the beginning and end of the day. Even in bathrooms full of windows, a great deal of natural light is unlikely at these peak times, making artificial lighting all the more important!
Whether you aim to purchase a sconce or two, choose overhead recessed lighting or select a striking pendant light, rest assured that your choices shouldn’t be limited to just one lighting strategy. For example, the image below shows a range of lighting options, including specialty lights that illuminate steps, corners, and even the bathtub! [from Home Improvement]
Bathroom lighting options for a modern space
We begin by showcasing recessed lighting, which consists of light fixtures installed in the ceiling. Why recessed lighting works: it’s sleek and subtle, yet it can make a big statement, especially when used to create patterns of light and shadow on the wall. Below we see a beige bathroom with chic overhead recessed lighting. [from Houzz]
Next we see recessed lighting take a dramatic turn, thanks to a lack of bright lights throughout the rest of the space. Note the designs of light and shadow on the wall above the tub. Trios of candles are another nice touch.
Recessed bathroom lighting
Recessed lights in a modern bathroom
Sconces are mounted on the wall in the location of choice, adding sophistication and style to a room. Many bathroom sconces are placed above the vanity, illuminating the space around the mirror. No need to be in the dark when getting ready! [from CW Design via Houzz]
Sconces come in a variety of shapes and forms, including cylindrical and rectangular. Many sconces have metal detailing, while others are mostly clear or translucent so the bulb can shine as brightly as possible. The boxy sconces below mimic the shape of the bathroom tiles, as well as the sinks. [from Studio G + S Architects via Houzz]
Elegant bathroom sconces
In the next featured bathroom, we see a sconce that is made of glass and metal, complete with silver-toned rings around the ends for a stunning contrast. Also note the recessed lighting above the shower. [from Rossington Architecture via Houzz]
Boxy sconces in a modern bathroom
A bathroom sconce provides vanity lighting
Lighting in a strip formation often takes the place of vanity bulbs in the modern bathroom. Below we see a pair of LED strip lights, which lend a contemporary air to this clean-lined space. Also note the square aperture adjustable recessed lighting overhead! [from 186 Lighting Design Group via Houzz]
LED strip lighting above the sinks in a modern bathroom