Thursday, June 20, 2024

Illumination: Bathroom Vanity Lighting Ideas

Large lighted mirror over a marble vanity.

Creating the perfect vanity lighting can significantly enhance the ambiance and functionality of a bathroom or dressing area. Here are some creative vanity lighting ideas, to refresh your bathroom vanity vibes. 


Close up of track lights over a vanity in the bathroom.

1. Hollywood-Style Vanity Lights 

Hollywood-style vanity lights, characterized by large, round bulbs surrounding a mirror, offer a classic, glamorous look reminiscent of old Hollywood dressing rooms. These lights provide even, shadow-free illumination, which is ideal for makeup application and grooming. The bulbs can be LED, offering energy efficiency and a range of color temperatures from warm to daylight. The symmetrical arrangement ensures that the face is evenly lit from all sides, reducing shadows under the eyes and chin. This setup not only enhances visibility but also adds a touch of vintage glamour to the space, making it feel more luxurious and stylish. 

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Lighted medicine cabinet mirror over a double vanity in a white bathroom.

2. Backlit Mirrors 

Backlit mirrors incorporate LED strips behind the mirror, creating a soft, ambient glow that surrounds the mirror's edges. This type of lighting provides a modern, sleek appearance and eliminates harsh shadows by diffusing light evenly around the face. The backlighting can be adjusted for brightness and color temperature, allowing for customization based on the time of day or personal preference. Additionally, backlit mirrors are energy-efficient and can serve as a striking focal point in a bathroom, contributing to a clean, minimalist aesthetic. 

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Lighted mirror over a vessel sink in a gray and white bathroom.

3. Pendant Lighting 

Pendant lights hanging on either side of the vanity mirror can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to the bathroom. These lights come in various styles, from sleek, modern designs to more ornate, vintage options. Placing the pendants at eye level ensures direct, even lighting on the face, reducing shadows and providing excellent visibility for makeup application and grooming. The variety of designs and finishes available allows homeowners to personalize their space, adding unique character and enhancing the overall decor of the bathroom. 

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White framed mirror place vertically with sconces on either side.

4. Sconces 

Wall sconces flanking a vanity mirror provide both functional lighting and decorative appeal. Positioned at the right height, sconces offer balanced illumination, minimizing shadows on the face. They come in a wide array of styles, including contemporary, traditional, and transitional, allowing for a cohesive design with the rest of the bathroom decor. Sconces can feature adjustable arms, dimming capabilities, and various bulb types, offering flexibility and control over the lighting environment. Their placement and design can significantly influence the bathroom's ambiance, making it feel more intimate and inviting. 

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Triple wide backlit mirror over a double vanity in a modern bathroom.

5. Strip Lighting 


LED strip lights, installed around the mirror or along the edges of the vanity, offer a contemporary lighting solution that provides even illumination and a touch of modern flair. These strips can be customized in length, color, and brightness, allowing for creative design possibilities. They can be installed under the vanity countertop for a floating effect, or around the mirror for a halo-like glow. LED strip lights are energy-efficient and long-lasting, making them an eco-friendly option. This type of lighting can also be controlled via smart home systems, offering convenience and the ability to set the perfect lighting mood with ease. 

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Spacious bathroom with chandelier in the center.

6. Chandeliers 

For those seeking to make a bold statement, a chandelier above the vanity can serve as both a functional light source and a stunning decorative piece. Chandeliers come in various sizes, styles, and finishes, from crystal and brass to modern geometric designs. While they provide ample ambient light, they can be paired with task lighting for precise illumination needed for grooming activities. A chandelier adds a touch of elegance and sophistication, elevating the bathroom's overall aesthetic and creating a focal point that draws the eye. 

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Each of these vanity lighting ideas offers unique benefits and can be tailored to fit various design aesthetics and functional needs, helping to create a well-lit, stylish, and practical bathroom space. 

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Thursday, June 6, 2024

Bathroom Color Ideas for a Fresh Summer Makeover

Bright bathroom with freestanding tub and blue tile backsplash.

Bathroom feeling dull and uninspiring? A summer bathroom makeover is a fantastic opportunity to infuse vibrant colors, refreshing patterns, and lively textures into the space.  

Color is one of the easiest ways to make the bathroom feel completely new. Here are some colorful bathroom ideas to help you create a bright and cheerful oasis that will set the tone for your summer. 


Mood board with tropical color scheme.

Tropical Paradise 

Bring the beach vibes indoors by incorporating tropical colors such as turquoise, coral, and sunny yellow. Consider adding wallpaper with palm leaf or tropical flower patterns to create a statement wall. 


Our Favorites – Glass Sinks 

Glass offers opportunities for color and texture that can transform the look and feel of the bathroom. This green glass sink by Kraus is the perfect match for a tropical design with its green palette and organic, leaf-like texture. It sits atop the vanity countertop so it’s on full display and a key part of your design. 

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Citrus Splash 

Energize your bathroom with citrus-inspired hues like lemon yellow, lime green, and tangerine orange. You can introduce these colors through accessories such as towels, shower curtains, and bathmats for a refreshing summer feel. 

Mood board with blue ocean inspired palette.

Ocean Blue 

Create a serene oasis reminiscent of the ocean by using shades of blue ranging from soft aqua to deep navy. Pair blue accents with crisp white fixtures and natural wood elements to evoke a coastal-inspired ambiance. 

Our Favorites – The Blue Vanity 

The vanity is often the visual center of the bathroom—whether it deserves it or not. A blue vanity ensures that the vanity isn’t only the center of attention, but also that it is stunning. We offer an assortment of vanity styles in blue from transitional wall-mounted varieties to ultra-modern sleek vanities.  

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Mood board featuring bohemian styles and colors.

Bohemian Chic 

Embrace a bohemian aesthetic by layering rich jewel tones such as emerald green, sapphire blue, and amethyst purple. Mix and match patterned textiles, such as Moroccan-inspired rugs and eclectic shower curtains, to add depth and personality to the space. 

 
Mood board with sunset inspired palette and products.

Sunset Palette 

Capture the warmth and beauty of a summer sunset with a palette of warm tones like peach, coral, and rosy pink. Consider incorporating these colors through wall paint, tiles, or decorative accents for a cozy and inviting atmosphere. 

Our Favorites – Warm Metallics 

Warm metallics like brass, gold, bronze, and copper are an excellent way to top off a warmer color palette. Choose your faucets and fixtures in the warmer metal finishes to achieve sunset perfection. 


 

Pastel Dream 

Create a soft and serene atmosphere with a palette of pastel colors like mint green, lavender, and blush pink. These gentle hues can be incorporated through wall paint, subway tiles, or decorative accessories for a whimsical and airy feel. 

Bold Contrasts 

Make a statement with bold color contrasts by pairing vibrant shades with crisp white or black accents. Consider using geometric patterns or color-blocking techniques to add visual interest and drama to the space. 

Our Favorites – Black in the Bathroom 

Though black might not seem like the most obvious choice for adding vibrance to the bathroom, it’s the contrast that makes this scheme work. Black and white is the classic go-to but consider adding other accent colors that black will make even more vibrant. For instance, a bright tiled shower with a black shower faucet will make both elements stand out. 



Natural Elements 

Incorporate natural elements such as wood, stone, and plants to add warmth and texture to your colorful bathroom. Consider adding potted plants, woven baskets, or wooden shelving to bring the outdoors in and create a tranquil retreat. 

 
Time to create a mood board full of colors, textures, and patterns to give your bathroom a new face full of summer vibes. Get started today.