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Bathroom lighting must haves

by Sarah Richardson,

Webisode Basement Bathroom After - Sarah Richardson Lowe's Renovation

AFTER: After photos of the basement bathroom

Webisode Basement Bathroom before - Sarah Richardson Lowe's Renovation

BEFORE: Before photos of the basement bathroom

Webisode Bathroom After - Sarah Richardson Lowe's Renovation

AFTER: After photos of the ground floor bathroom

Webisode bathroom Before - Sarah Richardson Lowe's Renovation

BEFORE: Before photos of the ground floor bathroom

Episode 8

It may be the smallest room in your home, but lighting is key to making the most of it. The lighting choices can make or break a room, and in bathrooms, you want and need to get it right. Juggling the need for overall illumination with adequate vanity light and decorative pendant fixtures will ensure that your bathroom sparkles and dazzles with attention to detail.

Bringing the outdoors in

Reinforce the brushed steel finish on your faucet by selecting an industrially inspired sconce in the same finish with a nautical nod. These sconces are durable enough for outdoor use, yet stylish enough to make the move indoors (and at an affordable price point as an added bonus)!

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Portfolio Stainless Steel Outdoor Wall Light - Item #295589

A touch of whimsy

A narrow space doesn't limit your ability to use a decorative sconce. Instead of placing a single sconce above the mirror, why not install a pair of sconces on the side walls of a narrow powder room? This way, the sconces will wash the walls with light and provide ample illumination while allowing you to opt for a design that brings a touch of whimsy to a functional space.

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Portfolio outdoor Galvanized Outdoor Wall FixtureItem #190827

Decorative choices

When planning your electrical layout, make sure you leave enough room between your sconces for a decorative mirror. It's a good idea to consider important decorative choices like the mirror so you can achieve the look you want. Consider the overall size of the backplate on the sconce and allow at least 2" breathing room between the edge of the mirror and the outside edge of the sconce.

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Allen + Roth 28 3/4" Hollywood Octagon Mirror - Item #111053

Shadows

Consider a sconce with a seeded glass shade to add interesting shadow play to your bathroom. The little bubbles in the glass create a decorative pattern on the wall which is reminiscent of bubbly water!

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Portfolio Bronze Outdoor Wall Mounted Light - Item #80551

A unified look

If you are installing both a wall sconce and an overhead light, try to ensure that the metal finish on both fixtures match so the end result looks unified.

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Portfolio Bronze Outdoor Wall Mounted Light - Item #80551

Allen + Roth 6-1/4" Oil-Rubbed Bronze Clear Glass Semi-Flush Mount - Item #210144

Making a statement

Even if you have standard height 8' ceilings, there's still room for lighting that makes a statement. Halogen pendant lights are sold with an adjustable cord length that allows you to adapt the fixture to the amount of ceiling height you have available. With a wide variety of blown glass shade options in many colours of the rainbow, you'll be able to find one that ties your scheme together!

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Bel-Air White Swirl Art Glass Capsule Pendant - Item #270642