When you are designing the look of your home, lighting is extremely important to consider. There are a wide variety of choices when lighting a home, from the light fixtures you use to how much light you put into a room. This is a crucial point to think about, since choosing the wrong amount of light for a room not only affects how comfortable a room is and how good it looks; but how functional it is as well.
In a bathroom, functionality is especially important. A bathroom is an easy room to overlook. You don’t spend as much time in there like you do in a living room or bedroom. However, even your bathroom deserves beautiful and efficient design and there are a few tips to keep in mind. Instead of giving you an overwhelming amount of options; here are 3 common mistakes you should avoid when choosing the lighting for your bathroom.
1. Avoid Harsh Lighting Above Your Mirror
This type of lighting may look good in design, but it also isn’t the most efficient way to light your bathroom. One thing we all do in our bathrooms is apply our makeup or shave. These activities can be difficult to do with improper lighting. Even just looking in the mirror can be affected by harsh, overhead lighting. While lighting above the mirror is a common design decision, it will cast deep shadows under your eyes, nose, and mouth as well as cast strong/direct light on your forehead. This can cause some obvious problems, such as making you realize later in the day that you overapplied your makeup. This can easily be fixed by changing your lights to vanity lights and lights in your ceiling over the walkway of your bathroom rather than directly over the mirror.
2. Don’t Shy Away from Lighting in Your Bathroom
One mistake that happens in bathroom design is not including enough lighting. There are a couple of ways this oversight occurs, but an excessive amount of recessive lights is usually the culprit. This causes dark spots in your ceiling and an unattractive overall contrast in your lighting making it hard to see. It is suggested that the lighting of a bathroom be measured at 75 to 100 watts.
Another issue of under-lighting your bathroom is asymmetrical lighting. Not only can it be an eyesore for some who prefer symmetry, but it can cause uneven lighting. This is especially problematic when you are installing vanity lights. As we discussed a moment ago, unflattering lighting in a mirror can affect how functional your bathroom is. This particularly affects your morning routine and getting ready.
3. Don’t Be Afraid of Lighting Over Your Shower or Bath
When you are lighting a bathroom, many people will shy away from adding lighting above their tub or shower. One major factor usually causes this concern–that moisture will damage the lights and their fixtures. However, by not adding lighting, you are neglecting to light an area that needs it. The last thing you want is to try to enjoy a shower and be unable to see anything in there.
To help concerns, there are finishes you can choose to avoid moisture damages to your lights and fixtures. First, let’s consider some materials you should avoid. Brass and bronze, while fashionable, will corrode easily. On the other hand, chrome, nickel, or stainless steel will last you a while. In addition, you should avoid using fabric covers since they aren’t meant to get wet often.
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Your bathroom is an important place in your home. It deserves not only fashionable but functional lighting. You have many options when it comes to your bathroom design. Hopefully our advice above will help you have a well-lit bathroom plus allow you to save money and time.