Bathroom lighting tips
The bathroom is one of the only rooms in the house dedicated to relaxation and self-care, but yet it’s often overlooked when designing the plan for our custom timber homes. A primary or master bathroom can be the true workhorse for much of our daily routines. For this reason, bathrooms need to be well thought-out, right down to the lighting. There are many options to choose from, all of which work in different scenarios that can be used together to brighten up any bathroom space.
Sconces, or wall-mounted light fixtures, are a popular choice for bathroom vanities for several reasons. Not only stylish, they produce effective lighting without taking up a lot of space. Placement:
In a main bathroom, where you’ll most likely be using the mirror for everyday tasks such as shaving, applying makeup or putting in contact lenses, it’s important to have fixtures that light not just the space, but your face, too. For this reason, bathroom sconces are commonly used in pairs so one can be installed on each side of a mirror. Together, a pair of sconces will evenly illuminate both sides.
As a general rule, the American Lighting Association recommends mounting sconces 65 to 70 inches up from the floor and 28 to 30 inches apart, although that depends on the size of the room and the width of your vanity mirror.
Choose sconces if:
You need your vanity to be an evenly lit workstation for your morning routine. You want to fill the space to the sides of your mirror with an extra decorative accent.
You have a single narrow mirror or multiple mirrors with spaces between.
You can’t install lights in the ceiling.
TOP: A two- or three-light fixture is a smart option for bathrooms with one wide mirror that will be used by more than one person at a time. ABOVE: Think about a statement fixture to bring added light and style to your bathroom space. We love this antler chandelier from Wild West Log Furniture. (wildwestlogfurniture.com)
LEFT: For the most functional light, consider semi-opaque sconces that diffuse light gently. (Opaque sconces will completely block the light from traveling forward while clear fixtures will be much too bright.)
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