The bathroom is one of the most visited rooms in your house.
But a bathroom is more than a place to simply get clean. It can also be a space to rejuvenate your mind and body.
Your bathroom can be a relaxing retreat that helps you to feel pampered and refreshed when you walk out of its door.
So, how do you make this happen?
Well, if your bathroom is currently feeling more like a house of horrors than a trip to the day spa, then this info is for you!
Read on to find out how you can transform your bathroom into a functional and relaxing haven with the right bathroom lighting.
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Get The Basics Right
While a bathroom renovation might be on your wishlist, don’t start ripping up tiles and shopping for new fixtures just yet! There’s a lot you can do to improve your current space without having to undertake a major building project.
A key part of turning your bathroom into a functional and relaxing space is getting your bathroom lighting right. If you have light fixtures positioned in the right areas, you automatically change the ambience and usability of your bathroom.
But, with plenty of off-the-shelf options on the market, it can be hard to know what will work for your individual space. Luckily, we can help set you on the right track.
Use Lighting To Transform Your Space
Lighting is vital to ensure maximum usability in this multi-use space. You don’t just want your bathroom to be a functional place to get ready. You want it to be a beautiful, luxurious space - a relaxation haven.
So, how can you use bathroom lighting to create this kind of space? Well, it’s all about accentuating the various areas with lighting that will not only look amazing but will make the spaces easier to use.
When planning your lighting, you’ll need the right luminaire and location. Choose the wrong brightness and you could end up applying your makeup in the dark. Install your lighting in the wrong place and you could be shaving in the shadows! Here’s how you can fix all of that:
Layer Your Lights
There is no rule that says you can only have one kind of lighting in your bathroom. In fact, layers of lighting not only look amazing, but they help you to maximise the different areas of use.
Ceiling lighting is a must as it illuminates the entire space at once. However, if you only rely on ceiling lighting, it can create shadows in the wrong places. It can also make you feel like you're having a bath in a stadium - being lit up by spotlights from above!
Layers of lights provide flexibility. You can combine ceiling lights with more accent and ambient wall lighting to create a total atmosphere. Or, use each of the lighting options individually, depending on what you are needing to do in the space.
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Be Switched On
Layering your lighting will mean that you have multiple sources of lighting in the room. Make sure you can take advantage of all your options by linking your lighting to a number of switches and dimmers. Then you can use them all at once or one at a time.
When practically installed in this way, simply turn on what you need to create to create ambience or to provide practical lighting for a specific task like shaving or makeup application.
A big part of creating these lighting layers is using a range of “colour temperatures”. Warm lighting is best suited for general and ambient solutions, so choose a luminaire around 3000 kelvins. Whereas cooler colour temperatures are better suited for task lighting around mirrors. You’ll want a luminaire around 4000 kelvins for that.
Make A Statement
Bathroom lighting hasn’t always had a reputation for being particularly attractive. Often, most bathrooms will have some downlights in the ceiling and maybe a light or two above the mirror.
But, you can change all of that!
Who says you can’t have a statement lighting piece in your bathroom? We think that statement light fittings are completely at home in a bathroom relaxation haven! Just make sure you choose a fitting that can withstand moisture so that it stays looking as amazing as the day it was installed.
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Be Up To The Task
A lot of things happen in the bathroom mirror. Everything from a quick glance to check you are ready for the day, through to flossing your teeth and completing a skincare routine. So, you want to make sure your mirror is lit in a way for it to be useful to you both day and night.
Task lighting is the solution. However, don’t make the mistake of installing your task lighting on top of the mirror as this can create shadows. Rather, install it around and beside the mirror to create practical and usable lighting.
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Leverage Natural Lighting
The best kind of lighting in any space is natural lighting. So, when you are creating a lighting plan, consider your windows as one of your daytime light sources.
Think about how the light will enter the room and how you can take advantage of it. And most of all, ensure your window treatments allow the sunshine to pour into your bathroom unobstructed.
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Building Your Lighting Plan
If you are adding lights to an existing bathroom, then you’ll probably have a pretty good idea of what you want to include having lived in the space already. But, if you need some extra inspiration, think about the things that bug you about your current set up and what you could do to change things for the better.
If you are creating a new bathroom from scratch, think about what you will use each of the areas for and where it would be useful to have a light source. You might also consider taking advice from an interior designer to ensure you light the room both effectively and attractively.
As a very generalised rule, consider these types of categories for your different layers:
- Task Lighting: Downlights/Cabinet Lights/Mirror lights
- Ambient Lighting: Wall lights & strategically placed spotlights
- Accent Lighting: Pendants, LED Strip
When selecting lights for your bathroom, you want to ensure you pick things that are going to work in the space. That means light fittings that look good, but also ones that will be suitable for a bathroom space. Bathrooms contain a lot of moisture, so you’ll want a lighting option that can handle that.
We have a wide range of quality light fixtures that will look amazing in your bathroom. So, the next time you are out shopping or speaking with your Interior Designer, ask for Eurotech Lighting.