The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in a home. It’s where we prepare to face each day. So your bathroom interior design should be comfortable yet stylish, clean yet impeccably matched to your personal taste. And good lighting is key to that design.
Like in any other room, your bathroom lighting design should be pleasant and functional. Here are some interior design tips to get the best bathroom lighting possible.
Match lighting to the rest of your design
Choose light fittings, colors and locations that will make your bathroom look good. Be consistent with your style throughout the room. Make sure that you place lights where they will fill the room with light, instead of casting awkward shadows. Talk to your interior designer about which bulb colors and strengths will work best with your space and color scheme.
Create lighting that feels comfortable
We use bathrooms for different purposes throughout the day – so it makes sense that your bathroom lighting should be flexible. For example, the ideal light when you first wake up is very different from the light you want when you are getting ready to go out for the evening. Equip your bathroom with a range of options, or use dimmer switches so that you can adjust the lighting throughout the day.
Let natural light in
Natural light is the best lighting. It’s perfect for doing make up, and its natural variations help your body adjust to different times of day. The bright light of the early morning wakes you up, while the gentle light of sunset helps to prepare you for sleep.
However, bathrooms are also private spaces. Talk to your interior designer about how to balance privacy with as much natural light as possible.
Install lighting that works for you
Bathroom designers often talk about “task lighting”. That’s the lighting – in addition to a main light – which helps you to see for specific tasks, such as taking a shower or fixing your make up.
Showers and baths will often need an extra light, especially if they are enclosed. For a vanity mirror, it’s best to install lights at eye-level, where they create a natural lighting effect. And, if you treat your bathroom as a sanctuary where you relax, then you will also want peaceful mood or decorative lighting.
Think carefully about the kind of space you want your bathroom to be. The best bathroom lighting is a design which works with your lifestyle.