Bathroom Lighting Ideas

Bathroom lighting is often an area that gets overlooked when planning a brand new bathroom. Many simply believe that installing an overhead fluorescent tube light will be adequate for their bathroom lighting needs. What they don’t realise, is that installing mood lighting and taking more care with the choice of light fittings and fixtures can transform a bathroom from a place to bathe and brush teeth into a spa-like environment that promotes relaxation and rejuvenation. There are many bathroom lighting ideas that will actually enhance your bathroom or en suite.

Indeed you will find that you can significantly improve the overall feel of your bathroom with the correct lighting. The ideal lighting can even make smaller bathrooms feel more spacious. Improving your lighting can also be vital for bathrooms which have little or no natural lighting. In this post we discuss our bathroom lighting ideas and detail how to brighten up your bathroom or create a blissfully tranquil ambiance simply through well-positioned illumination. We think you will love our bathroom lighting ideas and the impact they can have on your space!

Bathroom Lighting Ideas for your Bathroom:


1. How much Natural Light is there?

Firstly, consider how much natural light the bathroom gets. Many bathrooms don’t have large windows for privacy reasons. Subsequently if they do have a window, it is frosted meaning it blocks out some of the incoming light. It is also important to consider the lighting solutions that are already in place; an overhead fixture might be home to a fluorescent tube. However it can be transformed with a simple chandelier or dimmer switch. A dimmer switch will allow you the best of both worlds. Creating brightness for your daily bathroom routine and then more ambient lighting to relax in your bath on an evening.

We stock a good selection of bathroom ceiling lights which will help to add much needed brightness to those bathrooms lacking in natural light. Choose large round and square shaped over head lights to add that much needed injection of strong light or opt for more delicate spotlights. These come in either circular or linear forms. The latter allow you to direct the direction of light around the bathroom or to more specific areas.

Bathroom Lighting Ideas - Shower Lights

2. Where is Additional Light most needed?

Next, decide where light is the most important. Placing a spotlight directly over a towel rail or radiator might not be as useful as placing a cluster of them over the shower enclosure or the basin. These are the areas which are used the most and require the most light. A well-lit bath is crucial if there are children to bathe. While well lit showers can help users see exactly where they are going on a dull winters morning! Installing shower lights can completely transform your showering experience helping you to wake and feel invigorated first thing on a morning. We have a stylish, contemporary range of ceiling and shower lights to help you create a brightened shower space.

Mirror Lighting Ideas:

Choosing an illuminated bathroom mirror is great for those who have early starts or use the bathroom to get ready for a night out as the light cast on the reflective surface is ‘clean’. We have a fantastic range of illuminated mirrors to choose from that will fit in with any style or size bathroom space.

If the construction of the property permits, installing a skylight can boost the amount of natural light the room received. It can also add an interesting design element to impart a little more character that lots of people crave for.

3. Would Feature Lighting work in the Bathroom?

Thirdly, consider added feature lighting. Many baths can have lighting installed at their base for an unusual level of illumination when using the bath. Place spotlights in alcoves, back-light a bath panel and consider connecting each lighting solution up to a different switch so that there is a high level of control over the illumination within the room. Aesthetically, it is easier on the eye to match bathroom lighting fixtures with existing fittings such as designer taps. If all the fixtures in the bathroom are chrome, endeavour to match them with similar materials. Including bathroom ceiling lights, wall light surrounds and mirror lighting casings. Feature lighting is one of our favorite bathroom lighting ideas to enhance your bathroom.

Lights for Mirrors in Bathroom:

Choosing modern bathroom mirror lights can help to bring further light to your bathroom as they create even lighting above the mirror. This will help you to see more clearly in your mirror regardless of the time of day. Additionally some even feature a handy shaver socket bringing extra functionality to your room. Mirrors are a clever way of creating the feeling of extra space in your bathroom as they reflect any natural light around the room.  Subsequently the effect of this is greatest in the summer with more daylight hours. In the winter mirror lights will help to do that job when there is little or no natural light available. These lights can also be used on their own to create a soft lighting for relaxing in the bathroom.

Bathroom Lighting Ideas - Ambient Lighting

4. Try Mixing Soft & Bright Lighting to Create Desired Lighting

As we have already mentioned bathrooms with little natural light will need a powerful ceiling light to provide much needed illumination but this amount of brightness will not be necessary when trying to unwind in your bathroom. Downlights are modern ceiling lights which are small individual lights that can be positioned anywhere around your bathroom. The addition of these downlights means you can choose exactly how your own bathroom is illuminated. You could circle your main ceiling light or install a cluster of them at the furthest point away from the natural light. Therefore improving the brightness of the room. This type of lighting is extremely popular such is its flexibility as to where you can position the individual lights.

Bathroom Lighting Design:

You will also find downlights are available in different colours to create a customized look for your bathroom. Softer colours will also allow you to create a more subtle lighting for your bathroom when you are looking to create the perfect place to relax. A warm white would be more relaxing than a bright white during the winter months. So change your existing bulbs and you can enjoy the benefits of a warmer, more calming bathroom instantly. Try having soft and bright lighting in your bathroom so that you have the perfect illumination regardless of what you are doing in the bathroom. Having these lights on separate switches is vital so that you have the ultimate control over setting the perfect light.

Bathroom Lighting Ideas - Mirror Lights

5. Create a Focal Point to Introduce Brightness

A cleverly placed focal point in your bathroom can really help to create the impression of brightness. If your eye is drawn to a single illuminated feature you will find the whole bathroom appears brighter. A strong light will also reflect off the other surfaces within the bathroom thus creating this light feeling. So what sort of focal point can you create? A stunning piece of bathroom furniture or a lavish styled free standing bath can really create a wow factor especially if spotlights are installed around the perimeter but we think an item at eye level can really create impact. Our fantastic range of illuminated cabinets can really capture your attention. They offer a variety of different lighting effects that will ultimately stand out in your bathroom.

Choose from subtle backlit versions or brighter side illumination depending on how much extra light you want in your bathroom in addition to the main lighting source. These lights will bring the mirrored cabinet to life and create a stunning feature on your bathroom wall. What is even better is that these cabinets will give you a place to keep your toiletries hidden from view. In addition your bathroom remains tidy and clutter free therefore giving it a feeling of spaciousness.

Lighting is essential to your bathroom. Getting it right can create a warm and relaxing ambience but getting it wrong can highlight imperfections and even keep you awake at night! Here are some further bathroom lighting ideas to truly maximize your bathroom design:

Bathroom Lighting Ideas

Lighting in Bathroom Ideas:

Recessed lighting

Harsh fluorescent lighting is a common flaw of many bathrooms, and it can be simply too bright for some people. It adds nothing to the ambience of the room and is hardly relaxing! So when it comes to choosing light fixtures for your bathroom, it’s a good idea to consider recessed lighting which will give a cosy glow to the room without casting strong shadows like direct light can. Likewise, adding a dimmer switch will give you the option of having bright light when needed. With the added bonus of a softer, calming light when you want to relax in the bath.

Light up your face

One of the areas that you’ll need to be well lit is the bathroom mirror. There’s no point having a mirror when you can hardly see your own reflection in a shadowy corner, or with window light flaring out behind your head. The simple solution is to install an illuminated mirror which will cast a gentle, even light onto your face. Essentially making it easier to perform tasks such as shaving or applying make-up when you’re in the bathroom.


Just because you’re installing lighting in a bathroom, it doesn’t mean that you can’t choose a stylish light fitting. Even though bathroom lighting needs to be safe and practical, it is possible to get bathroom-specific light fixtures that would look equally stylish in any room of your house. The spotlights will help to minimise any harsh glare and you can angle them to illuminate features of the room. Such as a quaint alcove or even your newly-installed shower cubicle!

Introducing some of our bathroom lighting ideas will ensure that your bathroom is fit for any purpose. Be it an invigorating morning shower with plenty of light, both natural and artificial, or a relaxing evening soak with low lighting and a tranquil ambiance. Whatever it is your trying to achieve with your bathroom lighting we will have the suitable bathroom lighting ideas. Check out our extensive range of bathroom lighting available here at Bella Bathrooms.

For further guidance to choosing the correct lighting you may find our Buyers Guide to Bathroom Lighting a useful read!