Too often bathroom lighting is an afterthought. Priorities are given to other features like showers, toilets, and floors. Storage is often even addressed first. The problem is, lighting shouldn’t be an afterthought. Lighting is essential to creating a bathroom that is not only inviting, but that’s safe and aesthetically pleasing. In short, lighting makes or breaks your bathroom.
When possible, you want to incorporate natural lighting. Daylight is not only flattering, it can help boost your mood. This is especially true in the morning when you’re trying to wake up and get ready for the day. A bit of Mother Nature’s light can give you the extra Vitamin D you need to be your best.
Unfortunately, folks often cover up windows in the bathroom because they are worried about privacy. This is understanding. It’s a rare individual who wants to walk around in their birthday suit in front of the whole neighborhood.
Luckily, this doesn’t mean you have to choose between being exposed and being in the dark. Top-up bottom-down blinds can give you the best of both worlds. You may also find that frosted windows are another simple fix to make your space both private and light.
In addition to windows, you want to make sure there are layers of light in your bathroom. Vanity lights are a good place to start. You want to arrange them so they are on either side of the mirror. This helps cut down on shadows, delivering the most aesthetically pleasing look.
Under the toe kick of your cabinet is another good place to add light. This can be particularly helpful at night when you’re more likely to stub your toe or trip and fall.
Pendant lights can also be a good addition, as they bring a gentle overhead light source. Finally, make sure there’s adequate lighting in the shower, as this is a safety concern.