The bathrooms in your home are more than just simple spaces where you use the toilet, shower, and tub — they’re rooms where you can relax and unwind at the end of a long day or pamper yourself when you need a little “me-time.” At Accent Lighting in Wichita, we can help you discover the latest bathroom lighting trends, from the newest vanity lights for your powder room to the perfect mini chandelier for your master bathroom ceiling.
If you’re thinking about updating the bathrooms in your house, or you’re building a new home in south central Kansas and you need ideas and inspiration for your design, visit our showroom today or browse our online catalog. We have thousands of fixtures, making it easy to find great options for your home!
Many homeowners start with the vanity lighting when updating or designing a bathroom. Vanity lights are very important in a bathroom, as they provide both ambient and task lighting. While you may be accustomed to the traditional vanity fixture that goes above the mirror, you may have found that these lights — with their three or four bulbs — cast unwanted shadows and lines on your face while you’re shaving or putting on makeup.
The best way to eliminate those shadows and lines is to install wall sconces instead of an above-mirror vanity light. Well-placed sconces shine across the countertop, brightening both sides of your face. If you have a master bathroom with a double vanity, you can add three sconces — one on either side of each mirror and one between the two mirrors. If you want to know more about this lighting design idea, please contact us today!
Your current bathroom design may not include a light in the shower, but you’ve always noticed how dark it is once you close the shower door or curtain.
A glass door will obviously let in more light from the rest of the bathroom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add some lighting in the shower in order to see better as you get clean each morning.
Recessed lighting is an optimal choice for showers, since they don’t protrude into the room. You can add two or three recessed fixtures, depending on the size of your shower, and greatly improve this part of the bathroom.
There are also exhaust fans with integrated light kits, so if you want to improve moisture control while also adding more light, this can be the way to go.
For those bathrooms with a separate bathtub and shower, it can be the perfect design touch to add a hanging light above the tub. You can make the bathroom feel truly elegant and sophisticated with a small chandelier or pendant above the bathtub, and you can use this light every time you take a hot bath at the end of a long day.
For bathtubs that are set against the wall, consider adding two wall sconces just above the tub. These lights will help you see as you get in and out of the tub, and you can put them on dimmer switches, making it easy to lower the lights when you want the room to feel calm and more relaxing. You can also combine the look of sconces with an overhead light, such as a chandelier or pendant, making the bathtub area feel very spa-like, which might be what you’ve always wanted.
The master bathroom is often one of the main selling points of a home. When you were looking to buy your house, you made sure that the master bathroom was spacious enough and bright enough to suit your tastes. Now that you’ve lived in your house for a few years, you might be thinking about updating the lights and replacing what the original or previous owner had installed.
Every bathroom, just like any room in your home, needs a blend of ambient, accent, and task lighting. Ambient and task lighting are a bit more important in a bathroom, since you need to be able to see whenever you’re in the room, and you use the space for bathing, showering, and daily hygiene and grooming. For the ambient illumination, you’ll want to have the proper overhead light and vanity fixtures. The vanity lights will also provide task lighting, and the sconces will add accent illumination as well. If you want, you can add a sconce or recessed fixture near the toilet for additional lighting.
Above all, you want the master bathroom to feel complete in terms of lighting. If certain sections feel too dark, such as the shower or tub area, your enjoyment of the space can diminish, and you want to feel calm when you’re in the bathroom, not like you have to strain to see.
The guest bathroom in your house may also double as a bathroom for the kids, or it may be attached to the guest bedroom and reserved only for visitors who stay the night. Whatever the case may be, lighting is just as important here as it is in the master bath. The guest bath is likely a full or three-quarters bathroom, meaning it has a sink, toilet, and tub (full), or a sink, toilet, and shower stall (three-quarters). Regardless of the layout and design, you want your guests to feel comfortable whenever they use the bathroom.
For the vanity, add two sconces, one on either side of the mirror, for improved task and ambient lighting. The overhead fixture doesn’t have to be as grand and ornate as the master bathroom, but the right flush or semi-flush mount fixture can look perfect. Recessed lights in the shower can also be good, if you feel they’re necessary. For guest baths with a tub, think about a small hanging fixture that could add more elegance to the space.
Powder rooms in a residence are often found near the front of the home, in close proximity to the front door or hallway. This bathroom is intended for guests and visitors who come over for various reasons, whether that be a summer cookout or a holiday meal. As the smallest bathroom in the house, the powder room doesn’t need a lot in terms of lighting, but it can still be beneficial to consider all the possibilities.
An above-mirror vanity light can be a fine choice for the powder room, since guests won’t likely be shaving or putting on makeup in front of the mirror. A guest may use the mirror to check their hair or freshen up before dinner, but since they’ll do this quickly, the traditional vanity light should suffice. As for the overhead light, think about adding a fixture that can provide plenty of light spread around the room. A drum pendant or similar fixture can cast light in all directions, making the bathroom feel larger than it actually is. For accent lighting, one or two wall sconces can provide illumination for the middle section of the room. Lamps are not uncommon in powder rooms, just as long as they’re placed and positioned properly for easy use, since they don’t turn on when a guest uses the main light switch.
If you’re interested in updating your bathroom lighting, let Accent Lighting show you what we have in stock. You can look through our catalog for inspiration, or you can purchase your new lights online and have them shipped right to your front door! If you’d like to see lighting options for yourself, then visit our showroom in Wichita and speak with a member of our expert staff. There’s nothing we love more than seeing the look on a customer’s face when they discover the perfect light for their bathroom.
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