Standard bathroom lighting is often functional, but it can also be pretty, well...blah. Here are eight exciting—yet practical—ideas that will help you take your lighting scheme to the next level.
The bathroom above by Kelle Dame Interiors features a showstopper chandelier, which adds instant drama. I particularly like this fixture because it casts beautiful patterns of light over the room, which gives the space a different feel at every point of the day.
Also, take note that a chandelier doesn't have to go over a bathtub, where you see them located. Putting it in the center of the room can help the space feel cohesive.
In Jane's bathroom, this backlit mirror offers some unexpected illumination. The diffuse light makes the room feel warm and calm. If you go this route in your main bathroom, consider having another source of light (like a small lighted mirror) handy if you need to pluck your eyebrows or perform other grooming tasks that are easier in direct light.
This bathroom from 40 Winks, "the world's first micro boutique hotel," shows that light doesn't always have to be strong, overhead, or even electrical. The metallic finish on the walls reflects the soft light from the window, casting the room in a gentle glow. Metallic finishes are an excellent choice if you want to give your bathroom some drama or intimacy.
It may not be easy to replicate the sheer beauty of this unique bathroom, but you can borrow an important design lesson from it. If you have a window in your bathroom, consider making it a feature. Here, the long window replaces the traditional mirror over the sink, becoming the focal point of the room. The natural light, coupled with the natural materials in the room, makes this bathroom feel fresh and open.
This steampunk room found via Laughing Squid may encourage you to let your pipes show. Bathrooms are complicated affairs, in terms of technology, but there can be beauty in complication. Why not let all the stuff that's usually hidden come into the open? Copper pipe lighting, made to match the copper sink and plumbing, adds some industrial beauty and visual interest to this small powder room.
In this bathroom, found via Architecture Art Design, the lighting is unexpectedly heavy duty. When considering your lighting options in a bathroom, think beyond the usual "bathroom lighting" section of the hardware store. As long as it's bright enough, vanity lighting doesn't need to be bathroom-specific. Find a piece you like, and go with it.
This bathroom also provides a chance to think about the "taking-a-step-back" arrangement of lighting. It's functional when you're close to the vanity, but the particular angles of the lights, vis-à-vis the curves of the mirrors, also makes for a beautiful arrangement at a distance. Your vanity lighting needs to be functional, but also think about what it looks like when you're away from the counter.
I've seen tons of bathrooms with sconce lighting, either flanking the mirror or centered above it. There's nothing wrong with those traditional arrangements, but if you want a subtle variation, consider hanging your vanity lighting from the ceiling instead. This bathroom from Better Homes and Gardens does precisely that, adding an unexpected twist to the usual vanity lighting. I also like that the lights overlap with the mirror a bit, so that the light gets reflected and bounces around the room even more.
Generally, track lighting is not a type that I favor, but this bathroom from Stylizimo proves to me that it can actually look good. The black rails of the lighting contrast with the white ceiling, drawing the eye up and adding some visual interest to an otherwise understated bathroom.