Bathroom lighting ideas

Category: Bathroom trends
Date: 30 jul 2020

Bathroom lighting must be functional, but also aesthetic, as it will be another decorative element. We help you create a lighting plan for your bathroom.

Light is a fundamental element in interior design, as it makes a bathroom functional, influences our mood and enhances the perception of volumes. The choice we make will change the way we perceive the bathroom, the colours and the mood we will create in space.


What lighting to use in the bathroom?

Light is another decorative element, so we must choose the right light and the elements based on an aesthetic that in is harmony with the general bathroom environment. We must analyse and define what lighting to use in the bathroom project.

Firstly, it is essential to carry out a lighting plan in which we choose the most suitable temperature and type of light.




1. What is the most suitable light temperature in the bathroom?  

The light temperature is the colour that the human eye perceives in the light, and it ranges from warm to cold, depending on whether yellow or blue predominates, respectively.

Warm light generates between 3,000 K and 4,000 K and it is cosy and intimate, ideal for relaxation areas, such as the bathtub or shower area.

Neutral or natural light will be perfect for ambient lighting for the bathroom, generating about 4,000 K. Cold light, however, is not recommended for a residential project or for the bathroom, since it will detract from the comfort of the atmosphere created.


2. What type of light would be best?

Combining different types of light is recommended to create distinct areas in the room and to create an atmosphere full of nuances. For the bathroom, we can choose to combine these types of light: 

  1. Ambient or general lighting will form the basis of the bathroom lighting. You can choose ceiling light fittings or recessed solutions. Wherever possible, natural light should be used as ambient lighting, as it is the most suitable for the bathroom, both in terms of functionality and for the aesthetics, as well as the sensations it conveys. Therefore, we must make the most of it and avoid elements that block it, such as blinds or opaque curtains.
  2. Accent lighting. This will help us to highlight an element such as the mirror, as well as to eliminate shadows and enhance comfort, making it an appropriate option in the washbasin area.
  3. Spotlight for the washbasin/toilet area, which increases luminosity in this area. We can choose wall or ceiling light fittings.
  4. Indirect lighting to make your bathroom more relaxing and welcoming. Recessed light points can be used on the walls or ceiling above the bathtub or shower, such as the LED strips or even ceiling lamps. Indirect lighting will result in a soft and enveloping light.



Liem bathtub


Small bathroom lighting can simply employ the use of a general ambience light and another light for the dresser. For larger bathrooms, we can use a light for each area.


Bathroom mirror lighting  

We have mirrors with built-in lights that increase the luminosity and amplify the comfort in the washbasin area.

Among the options, we have mirrors that incorporate built-in spotlights and mirrors with perimeter lighting, which serve as accent lighting, dramatically highlighting this area of the bathroom.



Tono series mirror, designed by Foster+Partners


Noken's bathroom mirrors with lights are equipped with LEDs, which last longer than standard light bulbs and reduce energy consumption by up to 80%, while still emitting the same amount of light.


Shower light

Ceiling-mounted showerheads with light or chromotherapy generate indirect and enveloping light that improves well-being in the shower. They offer a futuristic aesthetic, enveloping the environment in an elegant and minimalist ambience, as is the case with the Lounge showerhead, which has several water outlets and chromotherapy, including LED colour lighting.