How to Light Your Bathroom
Your bathroom works harder per square metre than any other room in the house and your lighting needs to be up to the challenge too. As well as ensuring the fittings are appropriate for the bathroom and safely fitted, there are some important style pointers to think about too.
Firstly, bathrooms are usually compact spaces filled with reflective surfaces such as mirrors, glass, and tiles. For a softer distribution of light which feels bright and clean without glare, choose fittings with opal / opaque glass or bulbs with a lower output than you might elsewhere in the home.
Choose IP rated fittings (and check out our handy guide to lighting safety in the bathroom here). We are proud to offer a wide selection of bathroom lighting to suit your style; from the glamour of our Rhodes semi-flush crystal glass pendant, the understated simplicity of our Caden semi-flush pendant and the cutting-edge innovation of our Warona LED flush light with a built-in Bluetooth speaker.
Just as in other task areas such as the kitchen or study, overhead lighting is important to create shadow-free light over sinks and showers. At the mirror, however, overhead lighting can form shadows under your nose and chin preventing you from seeing clearly when performing tasks such as shaving or applying make-up. Wall lights either side of a mirror are an invaluable solution and can also introduce a soft layer of intermediate light. Check out or Art-Deco inspired Deuce wall light with a solid marble back-plate for a sense of contemporary luxury. For a more traditional décor, our Barclay and Vestry wall lights are available in antique brass or polished chrome. Back-lit mirrors are also an excellent solution and have added functionality. For example, the Jiro and Tupa mirrors have Bluetooth speakers, while the Zodiac and Diamond ranges feature integrated shaver sockets.
Should you wish for additional lighting above the shower, consider downlights on the back wall to increase the feeling of space. Our Artemis angled spotlights are perfect for the job. Centring an overhead light in shower cubicles can be unflattering or create a ‘lit box’ effect that minimises the impression of space.
In general, choose fittings that are appropriate for bathroom use as these will have materials that won’t degrade in humid atmospheres. Check out our guide to safety and installation here.