Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Lighting is a great design tool that can make or break the design of the room. Comfortable light levels, good color rendition and appropriate lighting for different functions are all part and parcel of a great lighting layout.
One of the smallest spaces in the house, the bathroom, can often be under-designed when it comes to lighting. For an effective lighting design, it’s important to incorporate the three types of lighting: ambient, task and accent.
There should be adequate and uniform light inside the bathroom. Having enough ambient lighting will light up your space and make it safe to move around in. Spread some pin lights evenly across the area, or bounce the light on the ceiling with cove lights for a soft look. Use warm white lights to create a soft ambiance, as opposed to fluorescent light which can be stark and cold. This can also make for an uncomfortable transition from sleepiness to full waking in the morning.
Provide task lighting for specific functions in the bathroom. The area most in need of task lighting is the vanity mirror, which is typically used to shave, apply makeup and do your hair. Applying makeup is the task most dependent on lighting, since it deals with color. Bad lighting can create shadows and uneven lighting, which can also cause uneven application of makeup. For effective vanity area lighting, install an overhead fixture that is long enough to light your space evenly and is equivalent to 150 watts of incandescent lighting. Side lighting is also needed to illuminate your face correctly. Use fixtures with an equivalent to 75 watts of incandescent lighting on each side.
To create a beautiful lighting design, work with layers of different types of lighting. Accent lighting tops off the entire look. It is used to draw attention to accent pieces and features in any room. For a bathroom, this may be some beautiful tile work or a wall niche with scented candles. Accent lighting will create drama and avoid a flat look in the space. - Aislinn Kee