Shedding light on bathrooms

When designing lighting plans for residential bathrooms, it’s essential to consider both functional and aesthetic aspects.

vanity lighting_Avid Interior Design


Vanity lighting Avid Interior Design

Well-planned lighting can enhance your overall design, add an atmospheric ambience, and ensure sufficient illumination for everyday bathroom tasks.

According to the experts, the most beautiful bathrooms have layers of lovely light. KBDi shares some knowledgeable tips on the best ways to light bathrooms for maximum effect.

ovehead lighting_Brindabella Bathrooms

Ovehead lighting Brindabella Bathrooms

Making the most of natural light

Nothing says ‘clean and fresh’ like a bathroom bathed in natural light. If privacy and a good orientation allow it, opening up a bathroom to the natural elements offers many positives.

Sunlight is one of the cues our body uses to regulate its circadian rhythm (our internal clocks). Exposure to natural light in the morning can make us feel alert and energised. A ventilated skylight offers an even greater advantage, allowing natural light and fresh air into the space.

task lighting_Image courtesy Fuji by Scarabeo x Emo Design

Task lighting Image courtesy Fuji by Scarabeo x Emo Design

Task lighting and vanity lighting

Of course, we can’t always rely on natural light alone. Specific task lighting is crucial for activities like shaving and applying makeup. Fixtures installed on either side of the bathroom mirror, generally at eye level, illuminate the face and minimise shadows.

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Natural light GT& geelong

Ambient lighting

While bright, natural light is important at the beginning of the day, the opposite applies when we’re winding down for the night. Layering a bathroom with various levels of light allows for calmer or moodier luminance in the evenings.

Decorative lighting

A perfectly placed pendant can make a big statement in a bathroom, taking the space from ordinary to extraordinary with the flick of a switch.

Code Compliance

When selecting and specifying lighting for a bathroom, it’s most important that you consider the National Construction Code (NCC)requirements and associated wiring rules. Be sure to check these out before specifying.

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