How to Update Your Bathroom with Innovative Lighting
Nowhere in your home is the marriage of style and function in lighting features more evident than in the bathroom. The right lights in this space will ensure that you can see accurately to put on makeup, shave, and perform other necessary hygiene tasks but will also add serious style to the space. The wrong lighting can make a bathroom feel like a hospital room, stark and cold. The right lighting, however, can make your bathroom feel like your own personal spa. But how do you go from one to the other?
Things to Consider When Choosing Bathroom LightingWhen you are giving your bathroom a style upgrade, there are a few things to consider about the lighting features:
- The finish
- The overall style
- The size
- The kind of lighting
- The various features, such as dimmers
Choosing the Right Finish
The key to choosing the right finish for your bathroom lighting is to consider the finish of your other hardware. The faucet, handles, towel bar, shower head, and all other hardware should dictate the finish of your lighting feature to get a cohesive look. For example, silver aluminum finishes are very popular in sleek, modern bathrooms. A lighting feature like the Wezen LED Bathroom Light by Vonn Lighting is ideal for this type of bathroom. Not only does the finish match the contemporary look of silver-colored hardware, but the slim style also lends itself well to the modern look of aluminum. Other finishes for a bathroom lighting fixture may include clear or frosted glass, black metal, or even more decorative things like crystal and colored glass. Be sure to consider what would look best with the existing hardware when choosing something unique.
Choosing the Right Overall Style
The next thing you'll want to think about is the overall style of your bathroom. Do you have a very contemporary look, with glass and aluminum details, minimal use of color, and very sleek detailing? Then something like the Wezen lighting fixture, or a simple LED bar over the mirror. would be perfect. But what if your style is a bit more traditional and homey? If you prefer something that feels cozy and warm, you may prefer wall sconces. What if your style is very glamorous and feminine? Perhaps you might prefer a chandelier hanging over your tub, or a frame of bulbs around the mirror. There are many ways to present your style with bathroom lighting. Look around at the other details in your bathroom to determine what style of lighting would look the most appropriate.
Choosing the Right Size
The right size is an important factor in a bathroom. You may not have the space for a big chandelier in a small bathroom, but small lights can make any bathroom feel very small and dark. The best rule of thumb is to go as big as you can for the room. If you don't have a lot of room, consider using recessed lighting, such as the Piu piano LED by Axelmeise. Recessed lights allow you to add more lighting to a smaller space without taking up too much room. However, if you have a large bathroom, multiple small lighting fixtures could make the space feel busy and disorganized. Consider taking advantage of the size of the room by going with a larger fixture that looks proportional to the space. A great example is Vistosi's Tubes PL 9 Ceiling Light, a large focal point light that would look stunning in a big, glamorous bathroom.
The main goal of the size of your lighting is to ensure that you are lighting the space well and that your lighting fixture is proportional to the size of the space.
Choosing the Right Kind of Lighting
The next thing to consider is the kind of lighting you want to use for your bathroom. Most people want to use LED lighting because it gives you plenty of illumination that allows you to see fine details. However, there may be times when you want warmer lighting for relaxing soaks in the tub or night time use. To solve both needs, many people put both kinds of lighting in their bathrooms. LED lighting over the mirror or as the overhead lighting is perfect for daytime use, while sconces with warmer lighting can be used otherwise. Consider the color temperature of your bathroom lighting as well. Warmer lighting tends to make features look softer and more attractive, while cooler lighting tends to give us a more realistic idea of what we look like in natural lighting. This could be very useful knowledge when applying makeup in a bathroom, for example. The color temperature of your lighting will also change how you see the colors in your bathroom decor scheme.
Consider the Additional Features
Finally, consider what other features you may want for your lighting, such as the ability to dim the lighting, or lighted mirrors that also include stereo speakers for music during your morning shower. There are many unique features that are available on the markets today. From color-changing lights to lighting that can be remotely moved to direct light to where you want it, you can create exactly the atmosphere you want in your own personal oasis. Sconces that can telescope away from the wall may be useful for shaving or makeup application, while a dimmable chandelier over the tub may make it easier to relax after a long day. Consider what you want to spend your time doing in the bathroom to find the features that would work best for you.