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.
That includes recessed lighting in the ceiling. “That would throw a strong light onto your forehead and cast deep shadows below your eyes, nose and chin,” Whitehead says. “Not only is this light ineffective for shaving or applying makeup, it can visually age you by 10 years. People should look their best when they look at their reflection.”
Proper lighting in the bathroom will make you feel better about yourself and promote confidence throughout your day.
“In the master or guest bathrooms, use fixtures that provide 75 to 100 watts’ worth of illumination,” Whitehead recommends. “You can get these wattage equivalents in a 24- to 26-watt compact fluorescent or 20- to 25-watt LED.”
Task lights in powder rooms can have much less wattage (think 45-watt range), as this is not a space where anyone will be performing the morning ritual. Lower wattage provides a softer, relaxing ambience for guests.
Find a colour temperature that makes the room feel inviting and illuminates guests in the most attractive way.
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.
This adds visual sparkle. Whitehead advises using a single pendant in a square-shaped bathroom for just the right touch.
This acts asfill 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 bothdecorative 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 down lights over the sink, make sure they are on a different switch than your task lighting, as Anderson did.
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