Lighting a bathroom well means layering light from the ceiling down, combining light fixtures with natural lighting for the level of light that pleases you. Here in the Madison, WI area it can be grey or dark in the mornings when you need the best light. The best bathroom lighting ideas start with ambient light at the switch when you enter the bathroom. A ceiling light in a larger bath from Murray Feiss could add an element of style. In a Verona, Wisconsin, home we recently placed a gorgeous Feiss ceiling fixture with a drum shade in the master bathroom. The result? Instant sophistication. Quite a contrast to the single light fixture over the mirror in the bathrooms of our childhood. A central fixture lights the room, but to light it well you need more.
Recessed lighting in your bathroom helps eliminate shadows when at the mirror. Our Certified Lighting Specialists can help you choose the number of lights, the size fixtures, and then place them correctly to get the most out of this technique.
Add a pair of vanity lights on either side of the mirror from Quoizel, Minka Lavery, or Kichler will eliminate pesky shadowing and make applying your makeup in the morning a whole lot easier. It’s a pleasure to have a well-lit mirror at any time of day. A good rule of thumb? Placing the lights on each side of the mirror 56-60” from the floor puts the light at a good level for most people.
A special touch to bathroom lighting we see trending now is LED tape lighting under the cabinet’s toe kick or up over the top of bathroom cabinets just under the ceiling. It adds both a decorative and functional element. It highlights a beautiful cabinet or floor, and it can become the best night-light ever. Gentle lighting under a cabinet, or above the cabinets, or behind crown moldings can be as easy as applying tape, and the LED lights last for years. You never see the light source; it’s tucked out of sight, spilling light at the flip of a switch.