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Small Bathroom, Big Impact: Lighting in Tight Spaces 


When it comes to designing small bathrooms, every inch matters. Maximising functionality and aesthetics in these confined spaces can be a real challenge. One often overlooked yet crucial aspect of a small bathroom design is lighting. The right lighting can transform a tiny bathroom into a cosy, inviting retreat. In this blog, we’ll explore how to make a big impact with lighting in tight spaces. 

Natural Light is Your Best Friend 

If your small bathroom has a window, consider yourself lucky. Natural light is the most effective way to make a small space feel bigger. Remove heavy curtains or blinds and opt for sheer or light-coloured window treatments that allow as much light as possible to filter in. If privacy is a concern, consider frosted glass or window films that maintain privacy while still allowing light to pass through. 

Reflective Surfaces for a Brighter Space 

In small bathrooms, mirrors are not just for checking your reflection. They also serve as fantastic tools for bouncing light around the room. Consider installing a large, well-placed mirror opposite your bathroom’s primary light source. This will not only create the illusion of a larger space but also make the room brighter. 

Choose the Right Light Fixtures 

When selecting light fixtures for your small bathroom, consider both functionality and style. Wall-mounted fixtures, sconces, and recessed lighting are excellent choices because they save precious floor and counter space. Opt for fixtures with a sleek and minimalistic design to keep the room from feeling cluttered. 

Layered Lighting for Versatility 

A single light source in a small bathroom can create harsh shadows and make the space feel cramped. Instead, aim for layered lighting. This means incorporating multiple sources of light, such as overhead lighting, task lighting around the mirror for grooming, and ambient lighting to create a warm, inviting atmosphere. Dimmer switches are a great addition to control the intensity of your lighting and set the mood. 

Don’t Forget About Vertical Space 

In small bathrooms, every inch counts, including vertical space. Install wall-mounted shelves or cabinets with integrated lighting. This not only provides extra storage but also adds another layer of light to the room. You can also use these shelves to display decorative items that contribute to the overall aesthetics. 

Keep It Coordinated 

For a cohesive look, ensure that your lighting fixtures match the overall style and colour scheme of your small bathroom. This will help create a harmonious and visually appealing space. 

Regular Maintenance 

Lastly, don’t forget to maintain your lighting fixtures. Clean dust and dirt from bulbs and fixtures regularly to ensure they provide the best illumination for your small bathroom. 

In small bathrooms, the right lighting can make a world of difference. By maximising natural light, incorporating reflective surfaces, choosing the right fixtures, layering your lighting, and keeping everything coordinated, you can transform your small bathroom into a functional and inviting space. So, don’t underestimate the power of lighting in making a big impact in tight spaces. 

If you’re looking to elevate your space with lighting that leaves a lasting impression, hiring a lighting designer is a decision you won’t regret. Contact one of our experts for a no-obligation design consultation and discover how we can transform your space through exceptional lighting design. Illuminate your world with style and functionality! 

For additional information, or to chat with a member of our team about collaborating with the UK’s foremost authority on creating gorgeous places, please contact me at or 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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