Too usually lighting a bathroom is low on the list of priorities relative to alternative rooms within the house. But with bathrooms turning into larger and a lot of elaborate, correct lighting is important to creating the foremost of the space. Ample overhead and task lighting are key. But bathrooms are now a room in the house where people are spending a lot more time, so you’ll also want the ability to create an atmosphere that’s relaxing and spa–like. Having flexibility to regulate the lighting is actually necessary, which is why you should add dimmers here just like you do throughout the house.
Even a small bathroom with correct lighting will make a big impact. And luxuriously large spaces that serve as spa retreats can impart an air of rest and relaxation by incorporating layers of light that illuminate “work” areas like the vanity and shower, and cast a glow on engaging options like design.
“Bathrooms became these retreats—these sanctuaries,” says Randall Whitehead, lighting designer/author and president of Randall Whitehead Lighting Solutions. The lighting in a bathroom should reflect this mood, while providing the illumination necessary for one to take care of life’s daily functions there. There’s no such thing as a catch-all light fixture that does it all, but some fixtures will multi-task their lighting duties. In order to choose wisely, the first step is to understand the four layers of light.