Selecting Guest Bathroom Lighting Fixtures When Remodeling

A Home Remodeling Guide To Lighting in Your Guest Bathroom

Redesigning a guest bathroom or powder room is an opportunity for you to showcase your home and create a true sanctuary for your visitors. Deciding on bathroom lighting – with consideration to the varying needs of your guests, particularly during the busy holiday season – can be a daunting task. A professional designer can work with you to create a custom bathroom lighting design that will flawlessly serve this difficult space, creating not only functionality but also an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation for your guests. Before embarking on any design-build project, here are some points to keep in mind for your guest bathroom lighting.

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Lighting the vanity

The vanity and sink areas are where the most light is needed in the guest bathroom. This is where visitors will be completing their morning routines and doing tasks like shaving and applying makeup that requires bright, even light.

For this area of the bath, wall-mounted lighting fixtures work best, either to the sides or directly around the mirror. Avoid lighting the bathroom mirror area from above – it creates ugly shadows on the face. Wall sconces at eye level are a classic look that provides the perfect amount of light for getting ready. For a statement option, two small pendants on either side of the mirror are an elegant choice.

If you are remodeling a small powder room or have other space concerns, a bath bar installed above the mirror or two installed vertically along the sides create bright, streamlined bathroom lighting.

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Bathroom lighting for the whole room

Many homes have out-of-date or inadequate bathroom lighting, so when undertaking a bathroom remodel, an update to the overall wattage or “ambient” light of the room is necessary. The lighting of any bathroom should be functional for bathing and safety, but also to create a mood. Particularly for the guests in your home, a bath is a place of sanctuary, refuge, and privacy, where they can relax after a long flight or drive. Having a mix of fixtures in the bathroom, including the vanity task lighting as well as decorative ceiling fixtures and recessed lighting allows for a mix of options that will satisfy any guest.

The bathtub area is a particularly great space to create comfort and relaxation. Consider a decorative or statement fixture directly above the tub space, with some additional small, recessed lights if necessary. For a romantic touch, have the remodel team install a wall-mounted candle sconce. Guests will appreciate the thoughtful detail and the indulgent relaxation of a candlelit bath.

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General bathroom lighting tips

  • The Dallas-Fort Worth area is blessed with plenty of sunshine. If you’re struggling with a dark bathroom, don’t underestimate the power of natural light. A professional designer can work with you to create a custom design, maximizing the sunlight in your space and impressing your guests with a relaxing, natural atmosphere.
  • Consider adding dimmers to all of your bathroom lighting fixtures. This allows your guests to comfortably set their own atmosphere. During the day, they may not want the full force of the lighting fixtures, and at night, having a dimmer is a great way to help them relax and wind down.
  • Make sure your bathroom fixtures are UL damp-rated or wet-rated for maximum durability and safety. Damp-rated fixtures are ideal for a mirror and overhead lighting in the bath, while wet-rated fixtures are needed for any lighting above a tub or shower.

    Having a professional team to oversee the lighting design and installation will create peace of mind and ensure the project is done right. At Joseph & Berry – Remodel, Design Build, we value our clients and believe that every one of them deserves the very best we have to offer. Not only do we hold ourselves to a higher standard — we are so confident in our work that we warranty it, for life!  Contact us to learn more about  design build our process. 

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