How to Light Your Bathroom: Expert Tips on Choosing Fixtures and More
Great lighting is important in every room in the house, but it plays a particularly vital role in a bathroom. Choose the wrong bulb and you wind up looking jaundiced as you put on your makeup; place a fixture in the wrong spot and you’re shaving in the shadows. “Sometimes people think a sconce alone will be romantic, and it just doesn’t work,”
“You want a few different sources of lighting to make the room pretty but also functional.” Install extra lights based on the activity. Does the room’s overhead fixture not provide enough light to shave in the shower? Add a recessed can light with a watertight seal. Do you apply makeup in the bathroom? Bring in a makeup mirror with a built-in light. Do you want to add personality and atmosphere? Hang a chandelier for visual interest (though it shouldn’t be your main light source).
Maximize natural light.“The best thing you can do is bring in lots of natural light,” “It’s the way people see you in the world.” So make sure window treatments let the light pour in. If you’re designing a new home or renovating, the best place to put a bathroom is facing north: light from a northern exposure is indirect, creating a soft, diffused light.
Place fixtures wisely.When choosing fixtures for a bathroom, Sneed prefers four-inch recessed can lights overhead, which have a clean look. “For functionality, you really must have an overhead light,” The designer pairs an overhead fixture with sconces alongside or above the mirror to make the reflection more flattering. “It’s important that there is some light between your face and the mirror,” she says. “If you’re just backlit, you wind up with your face in shadow.”
Choose the right bulbs choosing 2700K LEDs for bathrooms she designs. “It’s the closest you get to natural daylight,” she says. She opts for bright bulbs—150 watts or the equivalent—but puts overhead fixtures on a dimmer. “Careful observations need stronger light, but a dim light is calming and romantic,” she says. “A bathroom calls for both.”
Smart Details That Make This Rental Bathroom Look Totally Customized
“I bought it just because I loved it,” she recalls, “but when I got home and was looking at it, it hit me that it might be something fun in the bathroom.” She popped out for some wallpaper glue and stuck the sheet above a row of existing pink tile, then ran out immediately to buy the rest of the store’s stock and order some more.
Wrapping Paper Used as Wallpaper
Truth be told, you can use everything from fabric to magazine covers as wallpaper with some creative adhering (liquid starch! double-sided tape! staples!). After six years in the apartment Wrapping Paper Used as Wallpaper the wrapping paper, stuck up with actual wallpaper glue and flat sealant, is peeling a bit—a pretty good sign that it will pull right off when she’s ready (if ever!) to move.
Ceiling, Jamb, and Molding Too
Rather than stopping at the edges of the wall, she decided to cover the window jamb, ceiling, and molding: “After putting up the first piece, it just made sense to go all in for maximum effect!”
A Palette That Plays Off the Existing Tile
“I have always hated the bathroom because of the putty-colored border tile and floor. Over the years, I’ve painted it many times, trying to detract from [those features],” ut eventually she found a solution: The sandy tones in the wrapping paper–turned–wallpaper work with the pinky trim rather than against it, and crisp black and white accents in the rest of the decor keep the palette from looking musty.
Nightlight as Decor
“I am a bit shell-obsessed,” I had to have it for the bathroom.” Nightlights are handy when you’re looking for the sink at night—but finding a cute one is a harder task, so we did the job for you).
Wet rooms – the essential guide to creating the perfect shower space
Want a wet room, but not sure whether it will work in your home? Read on for the advantages and disadvantages of wet rooms, along with some expert design tips
Wet rooms are becoming more and more desirable, and they’re a great way to add value to your home. But how exactly do you go about designing a wet room? We’ve put together a handy guide with everything you need to know, from what tiles to choose to specialist wet room companies you can contact about installation.
Can anyone have a wet room?
In theory, yes. Wet rooms are basically shower rooms that do away with the shower screen and tray, and have an open, fully tiled shower area. If your bathroom is on the small side you probably will need to include a shower screen to prevent everything getting sprayed.
Installing a wet room is a job for the professionals, as a gradient needs to be created along the floor to channel the shower water into a drain and then the entire room needs to be tanked (waterproofed).
Waterproofing wet rooms involves priming the floor, the lower section of the walls and the whole of the wall area around the shower and then covering with a syrupy membrane. Once it’s set, the room is then tiled.
Advantages of wet rooms
Wet rooms are super-stylish and perfect for creating a contemporary look.
As a second bathroom, a wet room can easily increase the value of your home.
Great for small bathrooms – removing the bath creates loads more space.
Wet rooms are, in general, easier to clean. There’s no shower screen or tray to worry about and if you go for a wall-hung sink and toilet, it’s easier still.
If it’s done properly, your floor (the bit under the tiles) is better protected than it would be in a standard bathroom.
Bathroom speakers guide – the lowdown on splashproof sound systems
Looking to belt out show tunes in the shower, catch up on the news or listen to podcasts? These should do the trick
Their lack of regular power sockets and water hazards aplenty means bathrooms haven’t always been the easiest place to enjoy your favourite tracks. But thanks to developments in wireless tech and speaker quality, you can up the tempo of your daily ablutions. And by streaming from services such as Spotify or Deezer, the options are virtually endless.
How can I get the best sound quality in my bathroom?
If you’d rather soak in silence that listen to poor-quality sound, consider linking your bathroom to a home music system. Waterproof speakers are wired to an audio player and amplifier outside the bathroom – music can be controlled via a wall panel.
All bathroom electrics must conform to strict safety regulations – a qualified electrician should always carry out the installation and can advise you on what is and isn’t possible in your particular space.
I can’t afford a full home music system. Is there a cheaper option?
Bluetooth speakers that stream music from a smartphone or tablet are our retro-fit friend. For safe bathroom use, they’re powered by waterproof low-voltage transformers connected to the mains. The most common are in-ceiling speakers and those in mirrors and cabinets. Bluetooth devices usually have at least a 10-metre range, so you can leave your phone or tablet outside the bathroom, safe from water, and the music will continue to play.
What choices do I have if I don’t want to rewire?
Go for a portable solution. There are plenty of waterproof Bluetooth speakers available and the humble shower radio, now with vastly improved DAB quality, is always an option. Try UE’s fully waterproof speakers, which can survive a dunking in the bath and will still play music while it’s floating.
Bathroom extractor fans – everything you need to know
Are you thinking about investing in a bathroom extractor fan? When you have a hot shower then leave damp towels in your bathroom to dry out, the moisture they add to the air condenses on colder surfaces, encouraging mould and mildew to grow. Fitting an extractor fan will control this condensation and prevent damage and mould, which can cause health problems.
Do I you need a bathroom extractor?
It’s not a must, but if your bathroom has little or no natural ventilation, and you want to enjoy hot showers without worrying about damage being caused by the steam, they’re definitely worth putting in
Other ways to help keep condensation at bay are to allow plenty of air to circulate throughout your home, so keep windows and doors open as much as possible; wipe down surfaces and walls to remove excess moisture and avoid leaving wet towels on the floor, as these will encourage mould growth.
What should I look out for?
You’ll see and hear your fan every day, so it’s worth paying more for a good looking model that’s quiet, too. Often fans are connected to the mains, so they come on when you turn the bathroom lights on. A fan with a separate pull switch could be more suitable if you’re showering during the day or worried about noise at night.
Where can it be positioned?
You need to check your fan is safe for each ‘zone’. Zones 1 and 2 are in close proximity to the shower or bath, so you’ll need a SELV (Safety Extra Low Voltage), 12v or LV fan, requiring a transformer housed outside the zone, or one that has an IP45-rated motor.