On a cost-per-square-foot basis, a bathroom is pretty darned expensive, which might account for people’s tendency to skimp on bathroom lighting. But it’s in the bathroom, in front of the mirror, where you begin and end each day. The bathroom should be an enjoyable and functional space.
In too many bathrooms, a single overhead light fixture provides all the light. Unfortunately, this isn’t a good strategy. It casts unflattering shadows on your face and in corners of the room, and it’s not adequate for tasks like shaving and applying makeup.
Light the surfaces One of the most important things to remember about lighting is that you are not lighting the space bounded by the bathroom walls; you are lighting surfaces. Light bounces off walls, ceilings, floors, mirrors, and cabinets, and it is this reflected light that illuminates the room.
Good lighting demands a five-part strategy• Use layers of light.
• Consider the reflected light that bounces off surfaces.
• Use plenty of light where it’s needed the most.
• Choose appropriate colors for the walls, ceilings, and fixtures.
• Take the size and shape of the room into account.