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41 of the best Bathroom Lighting Ideas

Bathroom lighting can take on many forms. Whether you are trying to create ambience, or have plenty of light to get ready, there are several types of fixtures and strategies you can use. Read on for our best bathroom lighting ideas.

How Many Sconces Do I Need?

A black and white bath looks crisp with subway-tiled walls and a black vanity. This symmetrical layout features two sinks and two mirrors. In this case, three wall sconces are needed to evenly illuminate the space.

Bathe in Light

Kelly Taylor of Kelly Taylor Designs placed a shaded multi-light chandelier above a freestanding tub. This bath is also blessed with abundant natural light, and illuminated mirrors make getting ready a breeze. Always check that your bathroom lights are UL rated for use in wet locations.

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Go for Green

Megan Dufresne of MC Design Shop didn’t hesitate to go for the green in this bathroom layout. Trendy sage green millwork coordinates with rugs and a tinted shower door. Sleek vertical wall sconces flank each vanity mirror.

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Bathing in Light

A freestanding tub offers a blissful retreat. Positioned next to a large window, the bather can also enjoy natural light. Sleek wall sconces, used both inside and outside here, can supplement.

Soothing Sage

Sage is a soothing color, as referenced in this bathroom’s walls and tile floors. Black and wood accents complement the calming tone. A sleek brass vanity light coordinates with the faucet, bringing refinement to the space.

Serenity in Symmetry

Who would have thought wallpaper, breadboard and an ornate mirror could all work together to create a serene sink set up? Part of the credit should go to the elegant wall sconces that frame the mirror. Don’t be afraid to try bold patterns and textures when symmetry is there to balance it.

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Indulgent Design

Nadia Watts of Nadia Watts Interior Design conceived this fantasy bathroom layout. A soaking tub and vanity seating make getting ready an indulgence. A fabric tiered pendant and shaded wall sconces contribute to the ambience.

Brass Detailing

Patricia Davis Brown Designs incorporated striking exposed brass piping connected to marble vanities. Large expanses of mirrors reflect ornate tile work. Simple blown glass pendants with brass hardware are a natural fit.

Crowd Pleasing

Vantage Design Studio used a range of tried-and-true finish in this crowd-pleasing bath design. Black framed mirrors coordinate with black faucets, while brass pulls work with the simple wall sconces. White subway wall tiles and marble herringbone floor tiles add texture and interest.

Spa Day

A soaking tub and separate shower are the keys to a spa-like experience. Overhead spot lights are complemented by bathroom wall sconces mounted to an expansive bathroom mirror. A natural color palette ties it all together.

Rustic Meets Modern

Sublime Homes contrasts rustic and modern vibes in this bath design. A wood barn door slides open to reveal a thoroughly modern, spa-like bath space. A sculptural freestanding tub and floor-mounted fixtures coordinate nicely with a square ceiling pendant.

Gone Chrome

True to their name, Shades of Gray Design stuck with cool tones for this updated bath. A chrome-framed mirror coordinates with the bath fixtures and modern vanity light. The light fixture provides plenty of illumination for getting ready.

As Good as Nature

Natural light is often the best lighting for a bathroom. This design capitalizes on it with a floor-length mirror and minimal glass shower enclosure. When the sun goes down, crystalline wall sconces provide the glow.

White Marble Bath

There’s a reason that the phrase “white marble bath” gets attention in real estate listings. Take yours to the next level with elegant shaded wall sconces. Flanking each side of the mirror, these fixtures add ambient lighting and help improve resale value.

Moody Powder Room

Black bathrooms can be the most elegant. Don’t shy away from painting the walls black, and subtle sconces keep the lighting moody. This is a great strategy for a powder room.

Vintage Meets Modern

Vintage meets modern in this spacious bath layout. Square white tiles look crisp behind an antique cast iron tub. Black wall sconces and other accents tie it all together.

Winning Combination

Nadia Watts of Nadia Watts Interior Design opted for a classic combo of a wood vanity with marble top and herringbone wall tile. Accentuating this palette are a bevelled frame mirror and shaded wall sconces. This is a winning combination for baths of all sizes and budgets.

Stay Classy

For this classic bath refresh, Kristina Phillips Interior Design went with a sculptural mirror and stripped tile in white and gray tiles. Some splashes of color come in a red vase and decorative towel. Classic square shaded wall sconces elevate the look.

Midcentury Tones

Deborah Bettcher at Decorating Den Interiors created a midcentury inspired bath featuring fan-style wallpaper, brass sconces and amber-colored sinks and counters. These natural tones result in a warm and welcoming environment.

Separate Vanities

Dual vanities separated by a soaking tub give couples their own space to get ready. This symmetrical layout is emphasized by matching vanity lights that keep with the clean and modern look.

Looking Up

Vertical wall sconces with rounded white shades perfectly complement this white, airy bath by Pamela Hope Designs. A subtlety patterned wallpaper sets off the sculptural freestanding tub. Mostly white surfaces and skylights make the space inviting and bright.

Go for Bronze

Hexagonal tiles make a bold statement in a bath, especially with dark grout. Antique bronze vanity lights and bath fixtures complement this vintage-meets-modern look.

Explore Pattern

A cool tile pattern and round mirror are a great way to add interest to an all white bath. To avoid competing with the tile pattern, a simple vanity light will do the trick. Be sure to coordinate it to your millwork hardware.

Flattering Light

Bathroom vanities can resemble furniture, like a nice sideboard. In the same way, your bathroom lighting can be just as chic as lighting you’d use in a more public area. These slender vertical wall sconces project a flattering light.

Keeping it Real

This a real glimpse into a normal bathroom. Towels are hanging to dry. However, there is always elegance here, thanks to these gorgeous wall sconces that coordinate with the hardware and fixtures.

Jewelry-like Sconces

Delicate crystal wall sconces are like dangling earrings for your bathroom mirror. Set against a subtle wallpaper pattern, these sconces add elegance to this refined bath.

Classic Combo

A tried-and-true strategy for bathroom design is to coordinate your fixtures with your hardware. Here we see a classic black-and-white combo featuring white subway tile, vanity and sink. To contrast are black sconces, faucets and framed mirror.

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Functional and Relaxing

A window with natural light and a soaking tub can make your bath the perfect retreat. Here a glossy black vanity and large mirror with integrated lighting make the space just as functional as it is relaxing.

Taking Cues

This stunning bath features a natural stone counter and backsplash installed in an organic form that integrates a round mirror. The vanity lights pick up on this curve. A wood vanity and darker stone tile ground the look.

Off White

This traditional creamy white bath design features wall paneling, a pedestal sink and a cozy accent chair. Elegant wall sconces and a coordinating flush ceiling light provide just the right amount of illumination while maintaining the luxe feel.

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All in One

If you are going for a clean, modern look in your bath, consider a lighted medicine cabinet. These fixtures provide a mirror, storage and lighting all in one. Here two lighted mirrors are paired with a rustic counter.

Timeless Elegance

A timeless vanity set up includes a framed mirror and elegant wall sconces. These brass fixtures unite the space, which features a textured wall treatment and marble countertop.

Soaking Time

Bring a bit of color and fun into your bath. Here beautiful blue handmade square tiles provide a soothing backdrop for a freestanding tub. Simple sconces and an iconic print round out the design.

Tropical Vibes

This lovely bath is channeling Palm Beach vibes. Bright teal millwork, brass hardware and arched mirrors project a sunny disposition. It seems only appropriate to use a foliage-inspired light fixture.

The New Vanity

Forget the builder-grade vanity lights you grew up with. These modern takes can elevates your bath design. Try two shorter segments above individually framed mirrors for a fresh look.

Go Green

Pamela Hope Designs went bold in this green bath. The vanity, wallpaper and tile work all pick up on similar shades of green. Simple brass hardware and wall sconces makes the look feel polished and chic.

Regal Regency

Kristina Phillips Interior Design brought a Hollywood Regency vibe to this cool-toned bath. Pops of pink stand out against a subtle and fresh green-and-blue backdrop. Gold shaded wall sconces are mounted directly to the vanity mirror, giving an expansive feel.

Natural Stone

A cut stone backdrop and natural stone vanity offer all the texture and warmth a bath could need. To keep the focus on these materials and textures, opt for a simple lighted mirror design.

Tone on Tone

A play of textures and tones can give your bathroom character. Here we see a coordinated framed mirror and lacquered wood vanity. A glass bowl sink complements vertical amber-toned glass wall sconces.

Hospitality at Home

Consider creating a feature wall in your bath using tile. These shimmering glass tiles play off of the sparkling multi pendant fixture above the vanity. The result is a hospitality feel at home.

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Smoke and Mirrors

A smoked vanity mirror with built in lighting balances perfectly with a wood vanity. Moodiness and functionally can be combined. Opt for a mirror with rounded corners for a more refined feel.

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Lighting bathrooms should be a multilayered strategy. Consider what your goal is for the space—whether it’s a playful powder room or your day-to-day master bath—and approach your project accordingly. Trends come and go, but good lighting is always in style.


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