Lighting and Light for the Bathroom
Bathroom lighting is often limited to a few down lights in the ceiling. But good lighting can bring simple white bathroom sets to life. The key is to create atmosphere and drama – here are some pointers to help your imagination take flight.
Consider placing lights in other areas rather than just your bathroom ceiling - recessed spots like alcoves are a good start. Waterproof uplighters behind the bath can recreate an almost candlelit effect, floor lights in tiles make perfect night-lights, or you can use them to create a glow under your bath or basin.
It's not all about placement either. The right lighting controls can create a wide spectrum of atmospheres. Dimmers are a must as they allow you to change the mood of the room for different occasions. The latest trends in bathroom lighting combine an element of halogen light with new technology like energy-saving LED bulbs.
Lighting is essential to the mood of your room. A pendent chandelier adds a touch of glamour but can leave shadows. It may mean you'll need some additional light around your basin.
One easy solution is to add an illuminated mirror or wall cabinet. Flush fitting recessed lights in the ceiling will fill the room with a soft ambient light. And don't forget the clever use of mirrors and reflective fittings such as chrome taps help to bounce light around your bathroom.
Nowadays there is a huge range of illuminated bathroom mirrors and cabinets. You're certainly find one that's not just a reflection of you, but a reflection of your own personal style. Some mirrors have handy steam free features, sensor switches, shaver sockets and LED lights with a life span of up to 50,000 hours!
Add a touch of glamour
If you want to achieve instant boutique chic, the trick is to set a modern bath against a dark wall and by adding a chandelier, you'll create a glamorous, opulent bathroom