Correct lighting is essential for the bathroom. Ambient lighting sets the stage to add task or accent lighting to call out the room’s features. There exists an incredible array of task and accent lighting available in many styles and finishes including; traditional, transitional, modern, Country, Western, Tropical, Rustic, Contemporary, Victorian, Tiffany and more.
Glare can be annoying, especially when performing delicate grooming tasks. Recessed lighting for baths should be adjustable with an attachment that goes over the fixture; an eyeball or a wall-wash trim are both covers that partially obscure the fixture and direct the light source to bounce light off the walls and ceiling to help reduce glare and shadow.
The most important aspect of task lighting is to enhance visual clarity and provide shadow-free light for ease of personal grooming.
Vertical fixtures or sconces mounted on either side of the mirror are best for makeup and shaving. Be sure to position sconces to shed equal light on both sides of the face, and 3 to 4 feet apart on the wall. Bathroom fixtures should have translucent shades to diffuse light, and exposed bulbs should be frosted to cut glare.
Depending on the size of the bathroom, you may also need accent or ambient lighting to create a soft glow around the room’s perimeter for a perfect sanctuary.