Bathroom lighting: 10 stylish options to try
October 25, 2022
Compared to the rest of your home, your options for lighting in a bathroom are somewhat limited. Not only do you lose out on using table and floor lamps, bathroom lighting comes with a technical safety aspect that may leave you a smaller pool of designs to choose from.
Yet, in spite of all this, the lights you choose will make or break your bathroom. Get it wrong, and you could either find yourself with a bathroom that’s too dark to get ready in or one that’s too bright to relax in. Want to avoid those scenarios? Read on…
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1. Metallic mood
Ideal as task lighting either side of the mirror, the Brooklyn Outdoor & Bathroom Dome Wall Light from Industville (£159) is an 8inch design in pewter and copper with an IP65 rating. Make it your own with your choice of wall holders and use in classic or contemporary bathroom schemes. It can also be used outside, too.
2. Picture light
Highlight a wall mirror for task lighting when cleaning teeth, shaving or applying make-up with the LED Barrio Bathroom Picture Wall Light from BHS in matte black (£50). It has a pull cord for quick and easy use morning or night and is IP44 rated so it’s safe for use above the basin.
3. Diamond pendant
This stylish Diablo IP44 Electric Pendant in black will add the perfect finishing touch to any bathroom or en suite. Available from Iconic Lights (£50), it looks great with a filament bulb and it can be hung over the basin to create instant ambience and general overhead lighting when bathing, showering or getting ready for bed.
4. Art Deco-style tube light
With an Art Deco look and feel, the 40cm IP44 rated Narrow Pillar Wall Light from Davey Lighting (£830) is available at Original BTC. Its chrome-plated design creates an elegant silhouette ideal for classic decors. Safe for use in bathrooms and wet rooms, it comes in polished or weathered brass as well as cool chrome for a contemporary style.
5. Classic bathroom lighting
Ideal for period properties and classic bathroom schemes, the Burlington Clear Vase Bathroom Light from UK Bathrooms (£180.28) comes with a choice of two mounting options – ornate or round. Made from clear glass and chrome, it’s shaped into an attractive tulip vase shape and is rated IP44 so it can be used in zones 2 and 3 within the bathroom.
6. Bathroom chandelier
Make an impact with the Forum Ora square flush bathroom ceiling light from Victoria Plum (£59.99). With its square ceiling plate and opulent pendants, this luxurious ceiling light brings instant glamour to any bathroom. Made from chrome-plated steel and glass, it reflects light in so many different ways, comes with four warm white LED bulbs and is IP44 rated.
7. Nautical style
Placed on either side of a bathroom mirror above the basin, Dowsing & Reynolds nautical-style Chris Bulkhead light (£99.99) is IP64 rated. It’s available in Brass, Aged Brass and Silver finishes and can also be installed outside.
8. Globe light
For a ceiling fitting to suit both classic and contemporary bathrooms, the Revive Matt Black semi-flush bathroom ceiling light from Victorian Plumbing (£64.95) suits all spaces. It combines a round ceiling plate with a global opal glass shade and is IP44 rated. Use centrally within a family bathroom, shower room or compact en suite for good overall illumination.
9. Cut-crystal bathroom light
Beautifully crafted in clear cut crystal with a thick glass shade and shiny polished chrome, the Laura Ashley Blake bathroom wall light (£80) is IP44 rated and is available at Där Lighting. Use in zones 1 and 2 of the bathroom or en suite and team with a 5W G9 LED bulb, not included £80.
10. Hollywood style
Get the star treatment with the Vanity four-light bathroom wall design from Lights4living (£189.19) features soft opal glass shades on a mirrored backplate. The double-insulated IP44 rating of this wall light fitting means it can be used in zones 2 and 3 of your bathroom.