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3 Contemporary Bathroom Lighting Ideas

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Oct 09, 2015 01:01 AM
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by ESLTeam last modified Oct 08, 2015

(A member of the Euro Style Lighting team recently wrote this about his adventures in remodeling his bathroom and what he learned along the way -- we hope you enjoy it!) For years, my wife has been complaining about the master bathroom. She said it felt like a dimly lit yellow cave, and joked that I kept it that way to hide "mistakes" I made when relieving myself late at night. Besides tearing out the sunflower-spotted linoleum tiles and 1970's mustard colored walls,  I had to find contemporary bathroom lighting  we could both agree on. During my trial-by-fire lighting education, I discovered three main elements of bathroom lighting design, which I'll kindly lay out for you. The Art of Accent Lighting After some hardware store browsing, I learned pretty quickly what makes a stylish washroom shine. To accentuate the curves of the washbasin, shower fixtures and tiles, you will need well-placed accent lighting. These can be in addition to a main ambient lighting fixture, but I chose to use all three elements as my primary light source. 1. Bathroom Wall Sconces (L) Minka Etched Opal Glass Wall Sconce with a Satin Nickel Finish (R) Natalya Bubble Glass Tube LED Contemporary Wall Sconce Get a few decorative bathroom wall sconces to accentuate the tiles and fill in the shadows caused by your ambient bathroom light fixture. Sconces come as single lamps that shine light up, down, or both. 2. Vanity Lights Wave Etched Opal Glass Bath Fixture in Satin Nickel A flawless vanity mirror over a fine porcelain washbasin is nothing without a little vanity lighting. These are the bathroom light fixtures that go over top of the mirror or on either side. Choosing a diffused white light is essential for these applications -- unless you like the look of yellow teeth and deep wrinkles staring back at you! 3. Bath Bar Lights (L) Vienna Full Spectrum Cesenna Chrome Bath Light (R) Possini Euro Modern Lilypad Etched Glass Bath Fixture If your bathroom has a bathtub separate from the shower, invest in some intimate bath bar lighting. These fixtures consist of tiny sconces mounted along a track that is affixed to the wall. The effect is similar to candles, and provides an intimate, subdued illumination while you're soaking in the tub. These work best on a low voltage dimmer, allowing you to enhance the mood in your bathroom and further simulate the candlelight effect Other Contemporary Bathroom Lighting Considerations Some obstacles and happy accidents I learned during this DIY bathroom project: • If you have artwork in the bathroom or don't want your white tiles (or teeth) to look yellow, go with LED bathroom lighting . • To add "oomph" to your main ambient light, consider cove lighting with simple  LED rope lights around the molded ceiling perimeter. • Make sure your electrical outlets include ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI), which are required by law and help prevent electrocution. • Ensure fixtures placed less than 6 feet from a bathtub or shower are wet location rated (not to be confused with the less-stringent damp location rating). To match the aesthetic of our new white and grey toned bathroom, my wife and I chose futuristic looking, all LED contemporary bathroom lighting with all-chrome finish . What's the color scheme or aesthetic in your bathroom? And how does that affect the bathroom fixtures you chose? We'd love to hear your thoughts, and maybe give you some pointers along the way!   Top Photo Courtesy of ldavis62






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