Light Up Your Bathroom Space
The bathroom is one of the only rooms in a busy household where we are usually expected, and encouraged, to lock ourselves inside. So, with that in mind, it makes sense to use this private space as a luxurious sanctuary, whereby it is encouraged to make the most of this haven by giving it the proper lighting it deserves and transform it into a relaxing and functional refuge with light.
It can transform a mundane ‘wash-and-go’ room into a luxurious sanctuary where you will want to linger and relax. As we had discussed in our previous blog posts, four important elements come in to play and must be carefully observed to achieve the best bathroom atmosphere possible. These four elements are Task Lighting, Ambient Lighting, Accent Lighting and Decorative Lighting.
The first element is Task Lighting. This is the light by which you can see yourself best. Frankly, proper task lighting at the mirror is essential, as well as having the appropriate colour temperatures depending on the purpose of the bathroom itself. Whether it’s a guest bathroom, a simple powder room or your ensuite.
By example, having light on the side of the mirror provides shadow less illumination, which creates the best possible scenario when applying make-up, shaving, tooth care, etc. When considering Task Lighting for the mirror, it is important to note the IP rating of the light fixture. It is also important to avoid having light from above the mirror. This is because it would create a strong light onto your forehead and cast deep shadows below your eyes and chin. Besides the fact that this light would be ineffective for make-up application or shaving this sort of lighting would age you by 10 years. An effect that no person would wish for.
People should look their best when they look at their reflection. Proper lighting will also make you feel better about yourself and give you that extra prep in your step throughout the day. Another useful tip would be to put the task lighting on a dimmer or a low-level light source, this would allow your eyes to adjust first thing in the morning and will also help you wind down at night.
The next important element to consider is Ambient Lighting. The quality of the ambient light must be your first consideration when planning your bathroom lighting scheme. If you have good daylight in your bathroom, make the most of it.
When it comes to artificial lighting however, forget the single pendant fitting hanging sadly from the center of the room which creates gloomy, depressing shadows.
Instead, combine several lighting options to flood the bathroom with a warm, luxurious glow, perfect for pampering sessions. This can be achieved by installing fixtures along the perimeter of the space or Multiple LED spots recessed into the ceiling are also a good starting point.
The third Element is Accent Lighting. This element should be considered if one enjoys art in their bathroom or maybe would like to highlight a feature. Accent lighting will be able to show it off best. Recessed directional lights can usually provide focused illumination to bring out the feature you wish to highlight.
The final piece of the puzzle is Decorative Lighting. This element adds visual sparkle to the space. This can be achieved by using a single pendant in a sqaure shaped bathroom just to add the final touch.
Still confused? Fear not, the trick is finding the right balance between all these four lighting elements and achieving the much-coveted feel good factor.
We, at Elektra, hope we were able to help you better understand how to Light up your Bathroom Space.