Imagine a bathroom where you look into the mirror and actually love what you see reflected. Your lighting is designed in such a way that you simply don’t notice that little crease between your eyes or that softening jaw line. You know it’s there, but somehow, magically it loses its focus. Your reflection show all of the parts of your physical appearance that you are happy with and that is where your attention lies. You say “I look pretty good” and that is the attitude you carry as you go out into the world.

After owning a day spa for many years, along with being a make-up artist, I became an expert in lighting that was realistic and flattering to a woman’s face. Lighting that allowed women to enjoy putting on their makeup and feeling happy with the results.

Good bathroom lighting doesn’t need to be expensive or time consuming; it does require careful planning, however.

Here are some DO’S and DON’TS to help make your decisions easier:

. Don’t make your only bathroom fixtures canned ceiling lights. What are you thinking contractors and home builders?? That will give your face the fastest trip to crone town possible because this type of lighting creates
hollows and shadows you never even knew you had.

. Install lights with dimmers just as you do in other areas of your home.

. Have more lighting rather than too little in the bathroom.

. Have overhead lighting, but always balance it with sconces or pendants on each side of the mirror. Your face becomes bright, clear, and even-looking immediately.

. If there’s not enough room for for fixtures on each side of the mirror, have an electrician install them onto the mirror itself. The reflection also doubles your light.

. If natural light filters through a window on only one side of the room, try to close it while using the mirror or else one side of your face will be brighter looking.

. Down lights should only be used for performing tasks while looking down.

. REMEMBER: Filling in shadows is achieved with side lights which in turn smooth the recesses of your face.


Transitional Bathroom by Jute Interior Design

Approximate height to place side lights is approximately 65-70 inches from the floor. Ideal placement for overhead fixtures is about 78 inches.

Transitional Bathroom by Neuhaus Design Architecture, P.C.

Soft shades with still bright enough lighting for shaving or applying makeup.

Contemporary Bathroom by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

These fabric shades give off a diffused light while still giving a bright and clean look.

Beach Style Powder Room by 41 West

In this small bathroom, the sidelights are placed on the side walls due to lack of space.

Beach Style Bathroom by REFINED LLC

A wide, long countertop needs double the amount of fixtures for even lighting all along the sink and cabinetry.

Victorian Bathroom by Polsky Perlstein Architects

A large bathroom with many different light sources.

Rustic Bathroom by Fiorella Design

Be sure to check out ahead of time that you have ample enough wattage for your needs in your chosen light fixture(s).

Contemporary Bathroom by Amy A. Alper, Architect

Contemporary example of the long ago popular Hollywood bare bulb light fixture.

Contemporary Bathroom by Atmosphere Interior Design Inc.

A fabulous amount of wattage with each fixture containing four 60-watt bulbs.

Transitional Bathroom by Insignia Design Group

These fixtures were originally designed to be horizontal, however, there’s no reason why they can’t become vertical if that configuration works better for your space.

I hope these tips and examples help you design your most beautiful bathroom ever. Make it a space that gives you joy to enter and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

Until next time…

Blessings from my home to yours,

Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being


Photos via Houzz


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