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Creating Bathroom Lighting that Commands Attention

Your bathroom is one of the few places in your home where you can relax, unwind, refresh and get ready for the day or retreat from a long day.  There is nothing worse than looking at yourself in the mirror with poor bathroom lighting. It can make you feel and look bad and it creates a bathroom atmosphere that makes you want to leave rather than stay! To choose the right bathroom lighting here are some simple tips to consider, especially if you’d like your light to command attention. Lighting can be utilitarian and beautiful, take a look at these few examples.

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Command attention in your bathroom with lighting

2012 Detroit Home Winner / by AMW Design Studio

Determine your bathroom lighting needs:

Every bathroom is different and depending on your colors, natural lighting through windows, and how large or small it is will help you decide on choosing the perfect lighting fixtures. Choose ambient lighting fixtures to illuminate the entire bathroom. These are usually ceiling mounted and cast a glow over the majority of the bathroom. To command attention, consider using a chandelier, drum pendant or other dramatic lighting for your ambient lighting needs. If you are fortunate to have a window in your bathroom this will help in illuminating your space and lighter colored wall paint, flooring and wall tile will create an openness in your bathroom as opposed to darker colors.

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Wall sconce lighting & down lighting is ideal at your mirror

Master bath design / by R.J. Gurley Custom Homes

Task lighting is essential:  

Most people use their bathroom to get ready for the day and count on task lighting to see in the mirror and accurately help with grooming and daily wellness routines. Ensure the task lighting you choose is directional – either up or down and casts a light that is strong without glare. Wall sconces placed near your mirror work best, while pendant lighting that hangs over your bathroom vanity can be helpful as well. Wall sconces come in a variety of styles and can be used to beautify your vanity but also serve to add commanding attention at your bathroom mirror. From modern to traditional there are an unlimited variety of fixtures, and ensure that you can change the wattage or illumination output to serve your bathroom needs.

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Beaded wall lighting is an instant eye-catcher in this bathroom

Thanks to Annette English for the stunning design above

Innovative bathroom lighting: 

Custom lighting in your bathroom is another way to bring attention to your vanity, bath tub/shower area and surrounding room. From modern LED varieties to behind the mirror television screens, the world of bathroom lighting has taken on a new look. Even simple lighting now has dramatic options, such as colorful shades, beads, and even “barely there” strip lighting is placed behind architectural soffits and features in your bathroom to truly get a custom illuminated bathroom experience.  Command attention with these innovative lighting ideas in your bathroom.

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Innovative bathroom lighting with television screen

Espresso and Chrome Bathroom / by Seura

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Custom LED mirror lighting creates a beautiful bathroom experience

Architect: Tom ColeInterior / Designer: Robyn Scott / Photographer: Teri Fotheringham

Bathroom lighting is essential to enjoying your relaxing and preparation time at anytime of the day in your bathroom space. Use these lighting tips when choosing fixtures to command attention but also give you an experience that you love to witness in your bathroom. While you may think the perfect colors, or the right tile will make your bathroom. Actually the lighting is what will make you feel great and create a space that is welcoming every time you enter it.

Ronique Gibson
Ronique Gibson is an Associate Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, who has been in the architectural and interior design industry for over 13 years. Her architectural background has lent to years of hands on experience with homeowners, construction, and helping people love their homes. Ronique’s passion for finding inspiring and easy[...]

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