Tripping the Light Fantastic: 6 Ways to Light Your Bathroom

There’s nothing luxurious about a boring standard ceiling light in a bathroom. So, if you want to create a relaxing and enjoyable spot to pamper yourself, consider layering your lighting options just as you would in any other room in the home. While every lighting option in the bathroom must adhere to BS 7671:2008 โ€˜Requirements for Electrical Installations’ and section 701 for zoning in the UK, there’s no reason for your lighting to be boring. Here are just a few ways to add some creativity and luxury to your bathroom project.

Recessed Spotlights

Spotlights in Shower Cubicle

CP Hart x House of Hackney via Swoon Worthy

Of course, this is the grand standard for bathroom lighting and it’s quite common so I thought we’d start with the obvious. Recessed ceiling lights create a bright, contemporary look that doesn’t take up a lot of space and can be adjusted in terms of their location to light up specific areas (above a shower cubical or above a vanity mirror).

Illuminated Mirrors

Give yourself the Hollywood treatment with illuminated mirrors in your bathroom and make getting ready in the morning so much easier. You’ll likely have seen this lighting option in hotels and it’s for good reason – it makes excellent use of a small space, freeing up the need for separate wall lights, whilst providing ambience too.ย The soft glow this type of installation provides is flattering as well as illuminating (those hotel proprietors sure know how to get the guests to come back time and again).

Wall Lights

Wall Sconce in Bathroom

A Beautiful Mess / Photography: Amber Ulmer and Elsie Larson

If you want to add a bit of style to your bathroom, consider wall lights. You’ll not be limited to the style of mirror you choose, making them perfect for those who love a more traditional or eclectic look. Use one on each side of the mirror for perfect symmetry and added luxury.


For the ultimate in luxuriousness, why not add a chandelier to your bathroom ceiling? As with all the lighting we’ve looked at so far, you’ll need to ensure it falls within the safest regulations (in terms of its proximity to water ingress), but if your ceilings are high enough, this is one glamorous look you’re sure to fall in love with.

LED Lighting

Recessed LED Lighting in Bathroom

Adore Magazine / Photography: Hannah Blackmore / Styling: Claudia Stephenson / Interior: Kristine Jenkins

There have been so many creative advances in LED lighting, one of the most stylish and popular being the trend for hiding strip lighting within recesses. This really is a brilliant way to get creative with your bathroom lighting and allows for almost limitless possibilities. Consider a natural white light behind your medicine cabinets as seen above, or use warmer lights along the flooring to create a gentle glow. You can also use it to show off shelving or create spectacular effects with various colours to light up any mood – even within your shower or to light up a tap.

Natural Lighting

And finally, natural light is the purest light you can have in your bathroom so be sure to keep any windows unadorned with fabrics as they can ruin in the damp environment. Instead, consider using window film to provide privacy or use blinds or shutters.

So those are just a few ways to creatively light up your bathroom! How will you be lighting your bathroom? Let us know in the comments!

Be sure to check out some of our other bathroom design posts:

Which Tiles Should I Choose for a Small Bathroom?

Design Tips for Creating an En-Suite Bathroom

Where to Splurge and Where to Save on a Bathroom Remodel

As a multi-award winning interior design content creator, Kimberly Duran is an Interior Design-obsessed American ex-pat, who chronicles her decorating journey and dispenses interior design advice in her personal blog, Swoon Worthy. When she’s not helplessly drooling over all the latest trends in design, she’s adding things to the imaginary ‘shopping basket’ in her head, she likes to get messy tackling DIY projects with her partner in crime, Wayne, stalking eBay for vintage bargains and filling her home with her favourite neutral – gold.