Bathroom lighting ideas

Category: Bathroom trends
Date: 16 feb 2022

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 lights. And of course, think about whether it's a domestic bathroom or somewhere with high levels of footfall such as a restaurant or hotel.


 Public bathroom lighting

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.

How to illuminate a windowless bathroom

In windowless bathrooms, you need to make sure you have uniform lighting that mimics natural light as much as possible, and doesn't create shadows. How? Achieve the perfect ambient lighting by installing several ceiling lights, distributed throughout the room. We recommend using neutral bulbs, around 4000K. 

If space allows, you could also add some indirect lighting, which will give a lovely sense of warmth to your windowless bathroom lighting. Built-in lighting will give you a warm, relaxing atmosphere.


Indirect light 

Indirect accent lighting offers a great way of brightening up specific zones, such as the washbasin area. Use these light points to highlight different areas and make your bathroom stand out. The results will be utterly unique. 


Indirect light (crocodile green)

How to illuminate a small windowless bathroom

If your dimensions are limited, getting your bathroom layout and design right is key to making the most of the space you have. So why not take some inspiration from these great ideas from Mónica Diago's nkStudio.

As well as layout and design, using whites or other light hues in your colour scheme will brighten up a small bathroom with no windows or little natural light.

Play around with ceiling lighting to get the level of light you need for mirrors, without taking up valuable space. You could even go for a mirror with integrated lighting for a polished result.

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 shower heads with light or chromotherapy options give off indirect, enveloping light for ultimate wellness in the shower. With a definite futuristic look, these solutions will lend a sense of style and minimalism to your bathroom. One such example is the Seasons shower head, which you can combine with Finish Studio finishes: mirrored stainless steel, black, gold, copper, titanium, brushed gold, brushed copper and brushed titanium. And because they come with chromotherapy and aromatherapy settings, you'll be opening up an endless world of sensations.


Ceiling Mounted shower heads Seasons (chromotherapy)