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Bathroom Lighting Considerations 


The bathroom is a space where we start and end our day, making it an essential part of our daily routines. Often overlooked, the lighting and design of the bathroom can significantly impact our experience and functionality within the space. In this blog, we will explore the key things to consider when it comes to bathroom lighting and design, helping you create a well-lit and visually appealing oasis in your home. 

Natural Light: 

Utilising natural light is crucial in bathroom design. Consider the placement of windows or skylights to maximise natural light during the day. Natural light not only creates a welcoming ambiance but also helps with tasks such as applying makeup or shaving. Additionally, it can prevent the growth of mould and mildew by allowing moisture to evaporate. 

Task Lighting: 

Task lighting is essential for specific activities like grooming, applying makeup, or shaving. Installing light fixtures around the bathroom mirror or using sconces on either side ensures adequate lighting without creating shadows. Avoid relying solely on overhead lighting, as it can cast unflattering shadows on the face. 

Ambient Lighting: 

Ambient lighting sets the overall mood and provides general illumination for the bathroom. Consider using recessed ceiling lights or a central fixture with dimmable lights to create a relaxing environment. Dimmers allow you to adjust the brightness according to your needs, whether you’re taking a long soak in the tub or getting ready for a busy day. 

Vanity Lighting: 

Proper lighting around the vanity area is crucial for grooming tasks. Choose fixtures that distribute light evenly and reduce shadows. Wall-mounted sconces or vertical fixtures on either side of the mirror work well to eliminate unflattering shadows on the face. Consider the height and size of the vanity mirror when selecting the appropriate lighting fixtures. 

Accent Lighting: 

Accent lighting adds a touch of elegance and highlights specific features in your bathroom. It can be used to showcase artwork, architectural details, or a beautiful freestanding bathtub. Utilise recessed or spotlights to draw attention to these focal points, creating a visually appealing and dynamic space. 

Colour Temperature: 

Pay attention to the colour temperature of your lighting. Cooler light (around 5000K) mimics natural daylight and is ideal for task-oriented areas. Warmer light (around 2700K to 3000K) creates a cosy and relaxing atmosphere. Consider using a combination of warm and cool lighting throughout your bathroom to achieve the desired effect. 

Energy Efficiency: 

Opt for energy-efficient lighting solutions to reduce your environmental footprint and save on electricity bills. LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs are an excellent choice for bathrooms, as they consume less energy, last longer, and provide a range of colour temperatures. Additionally, installing motion sensors or timers can help conserve energy by automatically turning off lights when not in use. 

Style and Aesthetics: 

Lastly, consider the overall style and aesthetics of your bathroom when selecting lighting fixtures. Choose fixtures that complement the existing design elements, whether it’s modern, traditional, or transitional. Light fixtures come in various styles, shapes, and finishes, allowing you to find the perfect match for your bathroom decor. 

Bathroom lighting and design play a significant role in creating a functional and visually appealing space. By considering natural light, task lighting, ambient lighting, vanity lighting, accent lighting, colour temperature, energy efficiency, and style, you can transform your bathroom into a haven of relaxation and functionality. Remember to strike a balance between practicality and aesthetics to achieve the perfect lighting and design for your unique needs. 

For more information, or to speak to a member of our team about working with the UK’s leading authority in creating stunning spaces, email me at or call 01386 904 000. 

Until next time, have a wonderful day and I will look forward to seeing you in the next article! 

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