10 Bathroom Lighting Ideas to Make You Look Your Best

Updated 05/01/19

Using lighting to set the mood is a tried-and-true design technique, but there's one oft-overlooked space that should always be a priority: the bathroom. Sure, you entertain guests in your living room and dining room, and sometimes on your patio, and we love pouring our best decorating ideas into getting just the right ambiance in those spots.

But consider this: Your bathroom is a space where you spend time getting ready for the day ahead and winding down for bed, both of which require being in the right mind-set. After all, it's important to look your best when heading to the office, out with friends, or on a date, and it's equally important to get ready for bed in a relaxed state. Not to mention still making a stylish impression for guests (they use that space, too). In all these cases, the cardinal rule of Instagram applies: Lighting matters.

Luckily upgrading bathroom lighting can be a relatively budget-friendly affair when compared with more intensive bathroom renovations, so you don't have to worry about getting bang for your buck. Besides, there's no better time than summer for a design project, right? So whether you’re targeting a tranquil, spa-inspired bathtub vibe or a bright, glam getting-ready space, there is no shortage of pendants, flush mounts, sconces, or chandeliers to suit your personal style.

Finding your light just got easier. Below, check out 10 chic bathroom lighting ideas that will keep you always looking your best.

Get Selfie-Ready

Bathroom Lighting Ideas - Brass Sconces
Sam Frost ; DESIGN: Consort Design

This might just be the perfect powder room. A glam metallic combination of brass sconces flanking the mirror, brass faucet fixtures, and patterned gold wallpaper creates a warm glow that begs for an #OOTD selfie. No vanity (and no filter) necessary.

Apparatus Studio Vanity Sconce $1400
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Relax In Style

Bathroom Lighting Ideas - Teardrop Crystal Chandelier
Alyssa Rosenheck ; DESIGN: Amanda Barnes Interiors

The light, feminine feeling of this bathroom is enhanced by a chic chandelier over the bathtub. Because in a bathroom intended for luxuriating, teardrop crystals are always a good idea. Who wouldn't feel relaxed, refreshed, and renewed after a little time in this space?

The Lighting Store Indoor 5-Light Luxury Crystal Chandelier $330 $224
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Play Up Natural Light

Bathroom Lighting Ideas - Industrial Ceiling Mount
Max Kim-bee ; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

An all-white bathroom sets a tone that's so fresh and so clean, clean. This bathroom is also a lesson in how to harness natural light to lessen the pressure on light fixtures; smaller flush-mount lights will still provide plenty of light, considering the way the ample natural light illuminates the white walls, ceiling, and tub.

Nuvo Lighting 1-Light Flush Mount $60
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Double Up

Bathroom Lighting Ideas - Double Pendant Vanity
Armelle Habib

In a darker bathroom with more earthy, natural décor, it makes sense to double down on the lighting in front of the mirror to ensure the right level of brightness. Smaller pendant lights are also a great option for smaller bathrooms where wall space is limited.

GUBI Ronde Small Pendant Light $339
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Bring Spa Vibes Home

Bathroom Lighting Ideas - Bathtub Metallic Chandelier
Amy Bartlam ; DESIGN: AE Design

Soothing neutral shades and cool-to-the-touch industrial raw materials in this bathroom remind us of our favorite spas. And when it's time to be pampered, there's no better way to treat yourself than a bath underneath a stunning chandelier made of metallic beads. You do you.

Arteriors Charlotte Chandelier $6360
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Go Moroccan

Bathroom Lighting Ideas - Moroccan Pendant
Josh Franer ; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

The pendant light in this bathroom is proof that finding your best light might take you on a more cultural journey. In this case, the combination of a Moroccan pendant light with colorful patterned tiles gives the room brightness, energy, and worldly flavor.

Jono Mirrors Thrush Pendant, Antique Silver $399
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Read and Relax

Bathroom Lighting Ideas - Swing Arm Sconce Over Bathtub
Armelle Habib

Sometimes, curling up with a good book involves a bathtub as well, which makes a reading light an important element in the bathroom. In this cozy bathtub nook surrounded by clean, modern lines, a swing-arm sconce is able to provide both fashion and function.

Stilnovo The Koge 1-Light Swing Arm $250
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Get That Warm Glow

Bathroom Lighting Ideas - Midcentury Copper Sconces
Mary Costa ; DESIGN: Black Lacquer Design

In a bathroom that balances old and new styles for an eclectic mix, midcentury sconces are the perfect fit. The warmth of the copper finish on the sconces really brings out the warm glow of the paint color on the walls. Consider the flattering, softly warm effect your own personal magic-hour filter.

Jonathan Adler Milano Sconce $345
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Cool Off

Bathroom Lighting Ideas - White Pendant Light
Armelle Habib

A clean, fresh bathroom calls for lighting in the same vibe. Sure, bulbs and wattage play a role in keeping it cool, but in this case, it's all about the materials being illuminated: Matte and shiny finishes along with ceramic and wood surfaces are all juxtaposed for an effortlessly layered texture mix.

Everly Ceramic Pendant
Serena & Lily Everly Ceramic Pendant $248
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Shape Up

Bathroom Lighting Ideas - Lantern Sconces
Alexandra Ribar ; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors

Sometimes the best way to think outside the box is to, well, think about the box. Using rectangular, lantern-shaped sconces above round mirrors creates visual interest with shapes, and layering a mesh texture on top of wood, marble, brass, and shiplap gives the space texture in spades. 

Atelier de Troupe Lantern $550
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Which of these bathroom lighting ideas would best suit the mood of your space?

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