One should consider all the functions of the bathroom when choosing lighting. The bathroom is both the room where you prepare for the day, and the one where you soak away the stress at the end of it, so set the mood with clever lighting.

Bathroom lighting dos

  • Plan for different levels of lighting. Consider bright task lighting for around the mirror, and relaxing  ambient lighting for above the bath.
  • Choose favourite areas that you’d like to feature. A chandelier over the bath can add a touch of class as well as a warm glow. A focal light on a feature in the room can add interest.
  • Take into consideration any natural light, or lack thereof. Consider a skylight for an interesting lighting alternative.
  • Ensure the light switches are easy to access, and that there is sufficient lighting to get to the bathroom in the dark at night.
  • Consider colour schemes. Match lighting to the bathroom fixtures and harmonise with the paint job. Chrome colours work well for a cool, modern effect, while bronze colours create a warmer look.

Bathroom lighting don’ts

  • Beware of turning your bathroom into a house of horrors. A single overhead light above the vanity mirror can cast terrible shadows on your face. Rather use two wall-mounted fixtures on either side of the mirror placed at eye level.
  • Watch out for putting effect before function. You might like the idea of a dimly lit room for romantic baths, but don’t forget you will need good lighting for grooming, or for tending to children in the bath. A dimmer switch is an excellent option.
  • Make sure you use the right lights for the job. Use waterproof fixtures wherever possible.
  • Don’t let a small room intimidate you. By bouncing light off the ceiling or walls, you can create the impression of a lot more space. And be clever with mirrors: a big one above the bath can add a sense of space.
  • Consider colour schemes. Match lighting to the bathroom fixtures and harmonise with the paint job. Chrome colours work well for a cool, modern effect, while bronze colours create a warmer look.