Too often, the lighting in the bathroom is at the bottom of the list of priorities in relation to other rooms in the house. But, with bathrooms becoming larger and more complex, the correct lighting is important to get the most out of the room.
San Francisco-based designer, Geoffrey De Sousa, the co–founder of the DeSousa Hughes showroom, designed residences in the entire Bay Area, Palm Springs, Boston, offers his professional bathroom lighting ideas.
What is important to keep in mind, if the lighting in a bathroom?
Geoffrey De Sousa: your bathroom should be bright and clean so that adequate overhead and task lighting are the key. But the bathroom is now a room in the house where people spend a lot more time, so you want to create the possibility of an atmosphere, the relaxation and spa–like. With the flexibility to customize the lighting is really important, that is the reason why I Dimmer here as I do in the whole house.
Which areas?in the center of your lighting in the bathroom
GDS: the First is that on the ceiling-mounted or recessed overhead for General illumination. You also want to light the vanity area with some excellent task lighting, a light fixture above the mirror or sconces on both sides. And you need to have light in the shower and hot tub area. You could also strip consider lighting under wall mounted cabinets, which makes them seem to float in space in space, as well as lighting for wall art.
What are some common mistakes in bathroom lighting?
GDS: Not enough. Another problem is when people install a lot of recessed lights, so that the ceiling looks like a sea of black holes.
You should also avoid light directly down on the head, because it will be hard and unflattering. Instead, you are positioning your ceiling light over the sidewalk area, so that they are illuminated from behind, rather than directly in front of the vanity.
Asymmetrical lighting is another mistake. The placement of a fixture on only one side of the mirror create uneven illumination and make grooming difficult. Finally, clear light bulbs with filaments are quite popular these days, but they cast a shadow on everything. Instead go for something opaque, or frosted.
What about the lighting in the shower/tub area?
GDS: people often think a light is good, but you usually need two. The lighting at both ends of the tub is best. With a shower, a 3×3 ft. or 3×4 ft. You can use a lamp but if it is larger, you need more And in contrast to the washbasin, for the safety lighting should be directly where you stand in the shower.
How has the new LED-technology lighting affected a bathtub?
GDS: Not only are LEDs energy-saving and convenient, because you don’t have to replace the bulbs for years, but they are minimal in appearance, so that you can get a more clean-lined modern look in the bathroom. Plus, today’s LEDs have more power and the quality of light is much warmer than before, what, you have a more cohesive look, if you combine them with light bulbs.