One of the most exciting things about building a new home is that you get to create your dream bathrooms. No matter how attractive your fixtures and floor plan, though, if you leave the lighting scheme as an afterthought, you may face disappointment in the end. Before you build, think about the best way to illuminate your powder rooms for maximum appeal. Follow these tips to ensure you light your bathrooms right.
Layers of Light
You don't want to skimp on the bathroom light. Rather, plan for layers of light so that no matter what you're trying to accomplish, your task is sufficiently illuminated. These main areas need their own fixtures:
Vanities. Where you brush your teeth, shave, fix your hair and apply makeup, you want flattering light at about the height of your face. Bracketing the mirror with bright light banishes shadows. Above-the-mirror vanity lights will work fairly well if the fixture is low enough. Choose frosted bulb covers to diffuse the light for a movie star reflection.
Tub and Shower. For a tub/shower combination, often one overhead light will do as a bare minimum in a secondary or guest bathroom. However, floodlighting both ends of the tub will make for safer bathing. If you're going with a spa-like master bath, you may prefer wall sconces every four feet or so around the tub to soften the light but provide enough candlepower to turn off the overheads and relax. Don't forget a light by which to read as you soak too.
Ceiling. In a large bathroom, you should illuminate the main pathways from above. Pendants, chandeliers or flush-mount fixtures work well, depending on your ceiling height. In small guest or half-baths, a ceiling fan with an incorporated light works well to supplement the vanity fixtures. Another popular trend to contemplate is hidden uplights with "cove" lighting. Long strips of bulbs (LEDs work great) running along the wall just below the ceiling and hidden by molding add elegance and ambient light from above.
Accents. Use accent lights to spot special decorations or features. This could mean track lights aimed at artistic elements or at the focal point of your luxury bath.
Choosing the Right Fixtures
Because of the moisture inherent in bathroom use, forget using fabric shades. Frosted or semi-opaque glass works better and cleans off easier. Also, be sure that every fixture is set on a dimmer so you can customize your lighting as you please. This also saves bulbs and energy at the same time. With a huge selection of fixtures and bulb technology available, choose the types that fit your lifestyle best, but remember: don't skimp on candle power. You want good lighting available where you need it and can always dim it down when you want less.
Before you settle on your final bathroom lighting design for your new home build, come see us at Northern Lighting. Our experienced staff can help you select the perfect fixtures for all your bathrooms. Plus, if you drop by right now, you can take advantage of our Dot Sale and save up to 20 percent off selected items. Come visit us today!