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Overlooked Rules In Bathroom Lighting

Arguably the bathroom is probably the most intimate room of your home. The bathroom is often that special place where you can go to be alone, go and switch-off – or even just go to grab that quiet 10 minutes of peace where no-one can disturb you. Don’t get me wrong, we love our family too – but sometimes everyone just needs some ‘me’ time.


As established above, the bathroom is a special place of relaxation, and so the internal styling’s of this room, should respect and reflect these standards with the décor, theme and lighting. It’s important that these elements are ‘got right’, as otherwise the room is unlikely to provide the intimacy required. Assuming that you have already decided on a comfortable theme, make sure that you compliment it accordingly with the right lighting. Whether you opt for Tiffany lamps or some spotlights, you have to ensure the lighting solution chosen compliments the room and doesn’t detract from the overall theme.

Considering Lighting Intensity Standards

With these ideas in mind, creating the perfect ambiance inside the bathroom tends to depend on what kind of lighting you choose. You probably imagine that you require intense lighting, yet this is an old fashioned misconception, borne out of the bright, sterile lights used in this room in decades past. In fact, a powerful light will often seem too brutal and unwelcoming, especially when you go in there at night – remember, this is meant to be your sanctuary, not a hospital waiting room! On the other hand, a really weak light is not ideal either. Tiffany lighting comes in a wide variety of shapes and intensity standards, but it also depends on the bulb, as well as the execution you are trying to achieve. This style of lighting isn’t always the right solution for every style; although, it does cast a warm glow seldom seem by modern lights – perfect for that relaxing bath or shower.

Sometimes, the natural light is just not enough to handle your style requirements. Equally, there is also the possibility that artificial lighting may fail to meet the needs of your everyday lighting necessities – as there is nothing worse than a poorly lit mirror or perhaps the wrong lamp intensity. These are the most frequent mistakes in lighting bathrooms. Why? Simple – most homeowners believe that bedroom or living room lighting is more important, therefore taking a disproportionate amount of decorating time, resulting in the bathroom getting neglected. Just like for any other room, the bathroom requires a proper plan. Now, what should this plan include?


Setting a Plan for Bathroom Lighting

An appropriate lighting plan for the bathroom implies stratifying lights. Most people fail to think about it because they do not even know what it means. Basically, you can implement powerful lighting sources for specific activities and areas. You can install some Tiffany lamps for the washing, shaving and makeup areas, as well as weaker lights for the ambiance. Opt for bathroom and shower lights, mirror related lights and ambient lights with adjustable intensity.

Some homeowners also implement LED lighting in the flooring or under specific pieces of furniture for a pleasant and comfortable decor. At the same time, no matter what you choose, make sure that it has a high degree of protection against humidity.

Lights should also have separate switches in order to alternate according to your mood and requirement. Besides, it is smart to place the switches on the outside wall, rather than on the inside. After all, the bathroom has a high degree of humidity and moisture, so you do not want to take any risks.

Ultimately, how you decorate your bathroom -  that includes ensuring the right lighting solution - is up to you. The key objective, we believe, is to blend practicality with relaxing ambiance, to ensure you have a place in the home that you can honestly call your special place

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