We believe home design should be stylish and distinctive. From the functional appeal of vanity lights to the bright balance of pendants and sconces, layered bathroom lighting is essential to creating an elevated bathroom. At Lulu and Georgia, our thoughtfully-curated collection of modern bathroom lighting has pieces perfect for your home.
Lighting design is a tone-setting element throughout your space, but in a bathroom it can be an absolute game changer. Whether refreshing a powder room or transforming your en suite into a spa-like escape, finding the perfect balance of light pays off huge in this space. Task lights such as lighting fixtures over the mirror, ambient light from ceiling lights and sconces, and accent lights that augment artwork or architectural features are crucial in curating a bright and clean bathroom look. By blending unique elements in a layered design, you can create seamless bathroom lighting in a style that reflects your aesthetic.
Not sure what style or design best fits your space when shopping for bathroom lighting fixtures? Don't worry; we have got you covered. Check out the tips below for ideas and inspiration as you select the best lighting elements to buy for your bathrooms.
Focus on Functional Appeal with Bright Vanity Lights
Task lighting helps define not only the look of space but also the function and flow. This makes your bathroom vanity lighting one of the most important features in the room. In a primary bath, your vanity may be where you catch the first and last glimpse of yourself in a day. It's a space for morning rituals and nighttime regimens. In a guest bath or powder room, it provides a place where friends and family can refresh and reset. No matter the bathroom, good vanity lighting is an absolute necessity.
One option is to style a linear lighting fixture over the mirror, casting bright light out and down. But many designers recommend sconces on either side of the mirror for a fuller, more balanced effect. You can even try these approaches together with a row of lights above and flanking wall fixtures for fill. We love this Alejandro Sconce paired around a vanity—the glass offers clean appeal while the polished metal plays great against a mirror.
Bathe the Room in Light with Bathroom Ceiling Lights and Sconces
The goal of ambient light is to create bright, balanced illumination that reaches every corner of the room. In a bathroom, pendant lighting or flush mount lights can offer a bright foundation that fills the space and helps prevent harsh shadows. A stylish pendant or chandelier can also set the tone for chic appeal in the room. The Elsa Pendant Light by Eny Lee Parker x Mitzi offers a sculptural silhouette with a damp-rated design and adjustable height for statement appeal with versatile styling potential.
If overhead lighting is not an option in your bathroom, sconces can achieve the same effect by covering the wall and reflecting light off the ceiling. Try to use fixtures that diffuse light with an opal shade or designs that cast plenty of light out rather than directionally. The important thing is to create even light throughout the room.
One thing to keep in mind as you shop for bathroom sconces, pendant lights, and other fixtures is that you may need damp-rated or wet-rated lights for use in your home. Damp-rated lights are often necessary because of the moisture in the air, while fixtures closer to a shower may need to be wet-rated—it's always good to consult a professional before purchasing.
Create Depth and Drama with Accent Bathroom Lighting
Accent lighting is the finishing touch in a room. By thoughtfully placing lamps or directional sconces like an uplight or downlight, you can highlight a piece of art or a unique feature to inspire signature appeal. This can be especially useful in a guest bath or en suite as it not only adds depth and creates points of interest but also provides gentle illumination without the full intensity of an overhead fixture. In a larger bathroom, a small pendant light or hanging lamp over a statement sink or clawfoot tub can also work as an accent light.
Even a dark or moody bathroom design should be well-lit. Whether shopping for accent lights or larger fixtures, black bathroom lighting styles let you add brightness while keeping your palette fixed. Alternatively, you can use brass bathroom light fixtures in a dark, collected aesthetic for that added touch of polish. Something like our Haru Sconce in antique bronze or brass is a brilliant choice for a moody accent light, with its adjustable arm offering a directional beam. In a lighter bathroom, black lighting styles can create a pleasing contrast that pops with impact.
However you style it, bathroom lighting allows you the flexibility to showcase the nuances of your design aesthetic. Loved ones and visitors can immediately get a sense of who you are by seeing how you have utilized this essential feature to refine the look and feel of your bathroom.
When you shop lighting online at Lulu and Georgia, you'll find pieces that complement the style of your home but also make it feel more elevated. You can choose from our wide selection of modern bathroom lighting to find the perfect purchase for your project. Check out our bathroom inspiration page for more ideas on creating stylish everyday living spaces.Show Less