Lighting is an important aspect of interior design.
Apart from its functional purpose of illuminating a space, different types of lighting can create different moods and ambiance within a particular room. Lighting fixtures can also be incorporated into the design of your room to add a bit of style and personality.
Lighting is crucial in every area of your home but when it comes to your bathroom, it is especially important. After all, this is the area you most likely use to perform your hair care, skin care, hygiene, shaving or make-up routine. You want to have the best lighting as you do these tasks.
In standard bathrooms a single light bulb in the center of the ceiling is typical, but this does nothing to enhance the look or feel of your bathroom.
If you have a large bathroom, a single light fixture may not even be sufficient to light all the necessary places in the room. If your bathroom is small, where and how you place your light fixtures can make even the most cramped space feel open and airy.
There are three main types of lighting that serve different purposes in your bathroom.
This is the starting point of lighting your bathroom. That single light fixture in the center of your ceiling, for example. Ambient lighting will do the basic job of illuminating the room but it is not ideal for beauty and grooming tasks. It is a "fill-in" light that serves as a substitute for natural light. Nevertheless, this is a great place to add some style to your bathroom by swapping out the typical bulb for a chandelier or other attention-grabbing piece.
This type of lighting is intended to highlight the unique features of your bathroom that you want to stand out. For instance, a painting, photograph, piece of artwork or even an interesting architectural design. To highlight these, halogen spotlights or table lamps can be used. This will illuminate the specific features of the bathroom you want to stand out. This type of lighting is mainly for decorative purposes and does little to illuminate the entire room.
This is the most important lighting in your bathroom. Unlike accent lighting which is simply intended to highlight a certain aspect of your room for decorative purposes, task lighting is intended to illuminate the areas you need use to perform most of your tasks in the bathroom. Typically, this will be the area surrounding your bathroom mirror or vanity. This is where you will stand as you shave or apply makeup or do other tasks. Poor lighting in this area will have you battling shadows or twisting and turning to get a good angle as you attempt to get your grooming done. The most common mistake people make is putting lighting fixtures directly over the mirror. This will cast shadows and instead of brightening the mirror, will have you squinting to see your reflection. Wall lamps or sconces mounted on either side of the mirror are best for casting an even light across the face. Each fixture should be roughly at eye level. However, if your mirror is in a position where this cannot be done, light fixtures can be placed above the mirror. Use a fixture that will cast light over the entire vanity area so the light will wash evenly over your face.
Another area that may require task lighting is your shower area or above your bathtub.
A hanging pendant light directly above your bathtub will ensure that you have sufficient lighting as you take a relaxing bath.
Depending on the layout of your bathroom, you may or may not need separate lighting for your shower. Showers with glass doors may not need any extra light. But an additional light may be needed in an enclosed shower. A single recessed light in the ceiling above your shower will do the trick.
The best bathrooms will incorporate various types of lighting. But there are a few things to keep in mind. The color or your bathroom will play an important role in how light works in the space. Light will reflect differently off different colors. Darker colors will make the room feel cramped and small while light coloured walls will reflect the light and make the room seem more open and spacious. Coloured light bulbs can work well for decorative lighting in certain areas of your bathroom but white light is best for seeing your skin tones more accurately. If you want to create a mood, consider installing dimmers so you can control the brightness at any given time. A dimmer can help you relax in the tub after a long day or even create a romantic mood.
The types of fixtures you use is all up to you. There is a wide variety of styles, designs and colors to choose from and it depends on your individual taste and the layout of your bathroom.
Also keep in mind that safety is of utmost importance. You want your bathroom lighting to be stylish, but remember this is a space prone to moisture and wetness. You must be careful to choose the right type of fixtures and not to place them in areas where they can pose a risk. Free standing or plug-in lights should never be placed near a sink or bathtub and all fixtures used should be suited for a damp environment. Always consult a professional before getting started on any electrical work, even for the simplest lighting project.
Lighting is indeed an important, yet often overlooked, aspect of interior designing. The way you incorporate lighting into your bathroom decor can make all the difference in transforming a bland, unimaginative space into one that is not only functional, but stylish and sophisticated.
Be sure to employ a good interior lighting designer to guide you on the best lighting for your bathroom space. Contact TriniHelper where we have trusted professionals ready to help you get the job done.