Bathroom lighting is crucial. The bathroom, like the kitchen, is part of those domestic environments defined as ‘service’. Functional space intended for personal and family hygiene has, however, over the last few decades, profoundly changed its hierarchical nature in the context of the home, becoming one of the places to which greater attention is paid in design.

And this is the case regardless of whether it is a large house or a mini apartment. The bathroom is and wants to be an oasis of relaxation, not just a room to brush your teeth.


What should you pay attention to before tackling a bathroom lighting project? Definitely check if there is a window that provides natural light or, conversely, if you are struggling with a blind bathroom. There’s a big difference.

Natural light is an important element to deal with. As is the position of the sanitary ware and, in particular, the washbasin area. If you are designing your bathroom from scratch, always remember to place the mirror and sink area next to the window, so that the light illuminates the top and the mirror in a grazing way without creating shadows.

Certainly to be avoided, however, is the window positioned from behind. The light will hit the mirror creating an annoying glare, making the bathroom lighting insufficient.



But in addition to natural light, there are other, seemingly minor, elements to bathroom lighting. The coverings and furnishings. If there is not enough natural light (a window facing an interior courtyard, or facing north or in a shady area, small, etc.), it is essential to choose a covering that will help brighten the bathroom.

It starts with the choice of very light colours with a glossy finish that reverberates the light, increasing the brightness of the whole. There are an infinite variety of solutions on the market: from ceramic wall tiles, to stones, resins, enamels, mosaics and wallpapers.


Not least the fact that the use of white gives a greater feeling of hygiene and cleanliness, perfect for bathroom lighting. Dark colours should be used sparingly. They perceptively soften the spaces and dampen the brightness of the environment. Similar attention should be paid to the choice of furniture. In small, dimly lit bathrooms, light tones and delicately textured surfaces are always preferable.

In larger bathrooms there is certainly greater freedom of expression in terms of the use of colour in furnishings and coverings in general. It is important to have an eye trained in taste and a sense of balance, avoiding too marked contrasts, which are difficult to manage in terms of good lighting.

Finally, it should be remembered that light offers ‘scenic solutions’ of great value simply by playing with its positioning. Just think of an embossed ceramic surface, a brick wall or the natural texture of stone or wood, lit from the bottom up.



A side note should be reserved for theuse of the chandelier for lighting the bathroom. The latter must have appropriate size to the context and, above all, should be placed only if in the presence of high ceilings. The chandelier, in fact, creates shadows and it is necessary to place it at a height that mitigates the effects.

But the focal point of the bathroom is, and remains, the mirror/washbasin area. This is where the daily activities of personal hygiene are concentrated. In the morning and at night before bedtime. In this context, the golden rule is to ensure even lighting without shadows . The first mistake to avoid, contrary to popular belief, is putting a lamp above the mirror.

This position creates annoying contrasts on the face, making it more difficult to apply makeup or shave safely. The correct position is the presence of the light along the sides of the mirror so that it comes from both sides, evening out the complexion and making the features well visible.


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Finally, if you need a personalized guide to organize bathroom lighting, send an email to valeriadesign@casaomnia.it!

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