This is the light by which you can best see yourself. “Proper task lighting at the mirror is important,” says lighting designer Randall Whitehead.
He recommends using a pair of sconces mounted at eye level on either side of the mirror to provide shadowless illumination. This creates the best scenario for makeup application, shaving, tooth care and so on.
Proper lighting in the bathroom will make you feel better about yourself and promote confidence throughout your day.
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If you enjoy art in your bathroom, accent lighting will show it off best. Recessed directional lights provide focused illumination for each piece of art — or, in this case, for an alcove dedicated to a sculptural bouquet of flowers.
This adds visual sparkle. Whitehead advises using a single pendant in a square-shaped bathroom for just the right touch.
This acts as fill light. “In bathrooms with taller ceilings, a cove or cantilever details, ambient lighting fixtures can be installed along the perimeter of the space," Whitehead says. "Architectural details such as these can hide the fixture and create indirect lighting.”
A pendant fixture with a translucent shade can be a source of both decorative and ambient light.
Interior designer Katie Anderson transformed the dark bathroom shown here in many ways, but one of the most significant — and most universally useful — was bringing in light.
“Before, there weren't enough light sources or appropriate fixtures to layer light," Anderson says. "Moreover, there wasn’t any natural light."
Her mission: devise a lighting plan that would illuminate the shower, tub and sink areas evenly. Here's what she did.
Tip: If you use recessed cans over the sink, make sure they are on a different switch than your task lighting, as Anderson did.
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