Bathroom lighting projects allow decorators to unleash all their stored-up creativity. Working with lights and mirrors at the same time can sometimes present a challenge, but it also offers a myriad of ways to achieve unique effects and impressions.
The first step is choosing a primary source for general illumination. This can be a chandelier, a ceiling-mounted pendant, or recessed lamps, for example. Strategically placed strip lamps mounted to the ceiling can also be used.
Next, decorative, ambient, and task lighting can be added. Most bathroom lighting fixtures incorporate illumination sources around the vanity, and possibly above the shower and/or bathtub. A fixture above a tub generally serves a decorative purpose or as a way to create mood and ambiance. Ribbon or linear display strip lamps are a splendid option for arched or curved ceilings. They are also an alluring solution for confined spaces and illumination of cabinets.
Vanities generally require a form of task lamp to enhance visibility for grooming purposes such as shaving or applying makeup. For this purpose, ceiling or wall-mounted globes are a popular choice, or even fixtures that attach directly to the mirror. Behind-the-mirror fixtures are also a possibility, one that creates an extravagant and glamorous look.
The placement of home accent lighting fixtures is extremely important in brightening vanity areas. Shadows are particularly undesirable to achieve a flattering appearance for a person standing in front of the mirror. Cross-illumination – i.e. balancing above-vanity lamps with sources on either side of the mirror – is one way to eliminate shadows. Another technique is to ensure that pools from overhead lamps overlap for even brightness.