The Art of Lighting: How to Add Design and Function to Your Bathroom

A bathroom remodel is one of the most-desired home updates; it changes the way you start and end your day and also touts a high return on investment. Most homeowners focus on a new vanity, sink, tub or toilet. But one of the most-often-overlooked—yet important—parts of bath design is the lighting. Lighting not only affects the ambiance of the room, but also the functionality.

When it comes to the art of lighting, it’s about function as much as it is style. In addition to selecting a design and finish, keep in mind the role each light will play in the bathroom. By choosing the best lighting and placement, you can transform both the ambiance and utility of the space.

When evaluating bathroom lighting options, ask yourself these questions:

1. How large is the room?
2. What activities occur in this room?
3. How much natural light is in the space?
4. How many lights are in the area?
5. What type of style/design suits the room best?

Location, location, location — A single overhead light directly over the mirror can cause lots of shadows on the face. The same is true for vertical mirror lights too far from one another, which makes it difficult to do common tasks such as shaving or applying makeup. Instead, couple overhead lighting with a vertical light source on either side of the mirror for even lighting across the face.

Task lighting options — If you already have an overhead light source, consider adding vertical task lighting. Robern Modular Lights have a neutral design that works with virtually any cabinet style or bath decor. Energy-efficient, eco-friendly fluorescent bulbs duplicate natural light and last longer than incandescent bulbs.

Another great task lighting option for around mirrors and vanities is a pendant and sconce design that feature a built-in nightlight that is operated by a second wall switch.

A dim light source adds an element of safety when you have to use the restroom in the middle of the night without interrupting your partner (or completely waking you up) with a bright light. Excess light can also interrupt melatonin production – an integral part of the restorative process during sleep.

If you are remodeling your bathroom, or simply want to enhance your current design, look closer at the lighting. To achieve both style and function, you’ll want to design with both ambient and task lighting so you can create a space that shines with potential.