Tips for Choosing Bathroom LightingOlivia
Much like kitchen lighting is important both for the function and the ambiance of the space, bathroom lighting is similarly important. In other rooms in your house, a single lamp or overhead fixture can provide the lighting and mood you need. But for your bathroom, these typically smaller spaces need a lot more light to get the job done.
Set Lighting Goals
Your number one priority should be creating lighting that works for you and supports all your bathroom functions: showering, putting on and taking off makeup, grooming, and personal hygiene.
Bathroom lighting needs to be done using a safe layout that gives equal coverage in order to minimize unhelpful shadows and bright spots. This is easier to achieve when you stay away from glaring fluorescent lights and opt for warmer, more even coverage.
Opt for Design Diversity
Vanity lights, mirror backlighting – there are tons of options to choose from. Once you’ve decided on the theme and colors you want in your bathroom, you can create a variety of fun or sophisticated looks depending on what look you’re going for.
Bar Lights and Bath Strips
Bath bar lights are a trendy and contemporary way to add lots of evenly spaced lighting, especially around mirrors. If you are looking for a more retro feel, you can use light strips for a gorgeous vintage glam feel.
Light Color Temperature
Light color temperature is also important in your bathroom space. Though it may seem best to use bright, harsh light around your sinks, it would actually be better to use the light temperature in that area to create an effect that mimics sunlight – so you can see how things will look in natural lighting.
Brighter, cooler lighting in the bathroom creates a blueish hue and contributes to unattractive and harsh lighting.
Wet Location Rating
Bathrooms are also one of the only rooms in the house that need to be extra protected because of the high water content. Before picking out your favorite light fixtures, you need to check that they are wet location rated.
This may limit your options slightly, but with so many online shopping options, finding your perfect light fixtures for your bathroom(s) shouldn’t be a problem.
Consider Dimmer Switches
Changing things up seems to be the name of the game after a year stuck inside, staring at the same walls and furnishings. Dimmers are a great way to spice up the bathroom and lend a bit of flexibility to the space. You can create a dramatic lighting effect or just create an option to turn down those harsh, bright lights when you first wake up in the morning or turn up the brightness when you are trimming your beard or doing your makeup.
Once You’ve Got the Lighting Decided, Start Planning
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