When planning a bathroom renovation, lighting is often an overlooked yet very crucial factor in the process. It is only natural to get caught up in meticulously planning the aesthetics of the space, from the bathroom tiles and fittings to paint colours and hardware however, effectively lighting the space will ensure a high level of functionality and practicality.
In this quick guide, we’ll explore the importance of proper bathroom lighting and provide tips on how to choose the right fixtures and layout for your new bathroom. Whether you’re renovating your bathroom or simply looking to upgrade your home’s existing lighting, this guide will help you achieve the perfect balance of functionality and style in your bathroom.
The Different Types of Bathroom Lighting
There are three main types of bathroom lighting: ambient, task, and accent lighting.
Ambient lighting is the primary source of lighting in the bathroom and provides overall illumination. Sources of ambient lighting are usually installed on the ceiling with the most popular solutions being ceiling downlights, oyster lights or pendant lights.
Task lighting is designed to provide a source of focused lighting on a specific area such as the vanity unit, the shower or bathtub. These types of lights are designed to provide focused lighting when performing specific tasks such as shaving or applying makeup in front of the bathroom mirror for example. In this example, a source of task lighting should be installed above the bathroom vanity in a location that will illuminate the face without casting as shadow.
Accent lighting is used to highlight key areas of your bathroom. Unlike task lighting, accent lighting provides more of a decorative touch that highlights specific features. Forms of accent lights include wall sconces or directional lights.
By understanding the different types of lighting available, you can create a layered lighting design that combines the three types of lighting to provide the perfect balance of functionality and style.
Planning your Bathroom Lighting
Proper bathroom lighting solutions will ensure the space is not only stylish but also functions as intended, increases your level of comfort and enhances the user’s safety in the space. Planning your bathroom lighting design is essential to ensure that you achieve the perfect balance of functionality and style. During this process, it is important to assess your needs and daily routine in the bathroom. Taking note of what fittings you wish to be included and what types of activities will be performed in this space (such as applying makeup, shaving, etc.) will allow you to explore different types of lighting solutions in order to create the perfect lighting plan for your bathroom. When selecting your new lighting fixtures, you will find many exciting options available to suit a range of different interior design styles, from rustic lighting fixtures to decadent chandeliers and more. Source options that will best tie in with your selected interior design them while matching the space’s hardware (chrome, brass, matte black, etc.) to create a well-balanced colour scheme in your new bathroom.
Proper bathroom lighting is an essential aspect of any renovation or design project. The right lighting solutions will improve functionality, enhance safety, increase comfort, and provide an aesthetically pleasing look. Our team at Perini Renovations will assist you in the selection of the best lighting fixtures and their ideal placement in your new bathroom to create a space that not only functions well but is also aesthetically pleasing – Contact us here to discuss your bathroom renovation project and see how we can assist!