Ask yourself these questions to find what’s right for you.
There’s much to consider when brightening up a room, and lighting is an important detail. The right lights will not only let you see but will also give your space a serious style makeover. To ease the process of selecting the right light fixtures for your space, ask yourself these questions.
What finishes are already in the bathroom?
Think about the materials that already exist in your faucets, door hardware and towel bars. Do you want your lighting to match those finishes or complement them? For a cohesive feel, pick bathroom lighting fixtures that have the same look, such as warm gold tones. For a more contemporary, bold bathroom style, don’t be afraid to mix metals and finishes: Brushed finishes like Champagne Bronze™ and Stainless go together, reflective finishes like Chrome and Polished Brass pair well, and Matte Black blends with almost everything.
How much space do I have?
Consider the proportions of the bathroom. Big lighting fixtures in a tiny bathroom will look off-balance, as would diminutive sconces in an enormous space.
What type of lights will look best in my bath?
There is more to bathroom lighting than sconces above the mirror (although you’ll read about those fixtures later). Consider the following:
Chandeliers. These lighting fixtures can add an elegant and useful touch while also serving as a focal point of design. That said, big chandeliers can look bulky and make small rooms appear smaller, so make sure the chandelier is the right size for the room before installing.
Pendants. They’ll give the room an extra dose of style and are great for spaces with high ceilings, because they bring the light down to your level.
Accent Lighting and Sconces. Installed over mirrors and vanities at face height, they’re useful for daily tasks like shaving and applying makeup.
Flush-Mounted Ceiling LED Fixtures. These space savers are great for illuminating the shower area.
What do I need to bring to the store when purchasing lighting?
Come to the store with notes and pictures of the faucets, finishes and other décor elements in your bathroom so you can better visualize what potential lighting fixtures might look like in the space. To make sure the new lighting fixtures will fit well, bring a tape measure and refer to any measurements you took of your bath.
If you are thinking of updating other areas of your bathroom, this bathroom measurement guide will help with the space planning. For the best décor ideas, these bathroom design trends should provide plenty of inspiration.