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The bathroom is one of the only rooms in a multi-bodied household where we’re expected and encouraged to lock ourselves inside. With that kind of permission, it makes sense to use this private space as a luxurious sanctuary. Make the most of your haven by giving it the proper lighting. Here’s some important advice to keep in mind when redesigning your bathroom, lighting included.

The four types of light needed for the best bathroom atmosphere are task, accent, decorative and sparkle.

Task Lighting


This is the light by which you can best see yourself. Proper task lighting at the mirror is important and we recommend using a pair of sconces mounted at eye level on either side of the mirror to provide shadowless illumination. This creates the best scenario for makeup application, shaving, tooth care and so on.

Avoid adding a light above the mirror. That includes recessed lighting in the ceiling which would throw a strong light onto your forehead and cast deep shadows below your eyes, nose, and chin. Not only is this light ineffective for shaving or applying makeup, but it can also visually age you by 10 years. People should look their best when they look at their reflection. Proper lighting in the bathroom will make you feel better about yourself and promote confidence throughout your day.

Accent Lighting. 


If you enjoy art in your bathroom, accent lighting will show it off best. Recessed directional lights provide focused illumination for each piece of art — or, in this case, for an alcove dedicated to your favourite bath products.

Decorative Lighting. 

This adds visual sparkle. Using a single pendant in a square-shaped bathroom will add just the right touch.

Ambient Light. 

This acts as fill light. In bathrooms with taller ceilings, a cove or cantilever details, ambient lighting fixtures can be installed along the perimeter of the space. Architectural details such as these can hide the fixture and create indirect lighting.


Sconces on large mirrors at the sink vanities now offer functional task lighting. Recessed cans on dimmers provide ambient light for whatever mood is desired. Dimmers are especially useful in the tub area, where relaxation and romance are priorities. Wall sconces offer additional ambient and decorative light. Large mirrors, both at the vanity and over the tub, effectively reflect all of these layered light sources for the best effect.

Looking for more tips? Get in touch with us to set up a design meeting and allow us to put your dream bathroom together.

Article Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/houzz/2013/10/15/how-to-light-your-bathroom-right/