Design Recipes: Cathy’s Home Staging Secrets – Choose the Right Light for Each Home Bathroom

January 28, 2015 Updated: April 23, 2016
The right lighting plays an important role in the overall mood and look of a bathroom.
The right lighting plays an important role in the overall mood and look of a bathroom.

All too often, bathrooms are designed with a one-size-fits-all approach, which means that often, just a single light source is installed. Little attention is paid to the practical aspects of having multiple light sources, as well as how the lighting affects the overall feel of the room.

Lighting is an important part of the bathroom. Improving the lighting is arguably one of the biggest ways that you can make a difference to your bathroom. The best approach involves applying a layered lighting scheme to your bathroom, which includes ambient lighting, task lighting, and decorative lighting.

If you’re thinking of upgrading your bathroom lighting, here are some tips for help you to choose lighting that’s optimal for your room.

Ambient Lighting

The ambient lighting in a room includes natural light sources, as well as room lights that act as a substitute for natural light. Ambient lighting includes overhead light, as well as wall lighting that helps to add ambiance to the room. It’s important to consider the size and layout of the room, and to choose lights that are consistent with the overall design of the bathroom, ones that effectively illuminate the entire room.

Corbett Lighting Vamp 1 Light Wall Sconce.
View: Corbett Lighting Vamp 1 Light Wall Sconce.

Task Lighting

Task lighting is essential practical lighting that includes spotlights over the shower or bath, as well as lighting around the mirror. A pair of sconces at eye level on each side of the mirror is an ideal source of task lighting. It’s best to avoid placing a light directly over the mirror since this will cast a strong light, and cause deep shadows under the eyes.

View: Nuvo Lighting Loren 1 Light Mini Pendant
View: Nuvo Lighting Loren 1 Light Mini Pendant

Decorative Lighting

Decorative lighting can serve as both a practical feature, and to help add visual appeal. In a smaller bathroom, a single, decorative pendant will be adequate for a decorative light source, while a larger bathroom may benefit from two or three elaborate fixtures.

When choosing lights, don’t forget to consider the other features in the bathroom. Match your fixtures to the hardware and décor to ensure that your room has a consistent and unified look.

Putting all of the lights on dimmers is an excellent way to control the exact extent of lighting in the room, allowing you to easily alter the mood.

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