Bathrooms might first and foremost be a practical space, but like any other room in your home, they can and should look stylish and attractive. The bathroom is an ideal place to relax and take time out to yourself, and so creating an interior that you love spending time in is just as important as achieving a functional design. While unfortunately sometimes overlooked, lighting has the potential to elevate your bathroom design to the next level both in terms of practicality and style. We’ve put together this blog to explore the different options available when it comes to bathroom lighting and to help give you some ideas for your own Manchester bathroom project.

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There are three main categories of bathroom lighting and each plays a slightly different aesthetic or practical role. Employing these various types of lighting together in your design is certainly one of the best ways to maximise your space. Cleverly conceived lighting has the opportunity to really add another dimension to your design both functionally and visually.

Ambient Lighting– Ambient lighting illuminates the whole room so you can achieve an optimum level of brightness day and night. It is an essential part of creating a useable bathroom space and for this reason, it usually forms a solid starting point for the rest of your lighting scheme.

Task Lighting– Task lighting plays a predominantly practical role in your design, casting light over shower cubicles, baths, sinks and mirrors so you can clearly see what you’re doing. These fixtures are usually visible and so they will contribute to the look and style of your interior as well as serving a practical function.

Accent Lighting– From enveloping your space in a soft spa-like glow to creating a stylish visual focal point, accent lighting is the final touch that will really transform the atmosphere of your space.

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At Manchester Bathrooms, we’re experts in designing a range of stunning modern and traditional bathrooms. Our beautiful interiors simply wouldn’t be complete without elegant lighting that perfectly captures your individual style and complements your design. From the lavish shaded vintage wall lamps below to the most minimal modern bar ceiling lights, when it comes to finding your ideal style there are hundreds of options to choose from.

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Safe, sleek and unobtrusive, recessed ceiling downlights are one of the most popular choices of bathroom lighting, their discreet design works fantastically with almost all bathroom styles. Allowing complete flexibility when it comes to positioning, ceiling downlights are ideal for large bathrooms as they create an even distribution of light across the room. While downlights are usually employed as ambient lighting, they also offer the ability to function as task lights, highlighting certain areas of your interior for example your bath or shower. Subtle yet effective, ceiling downlights make a great starting point around which to design a more intricate composition of lighting elements.

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Unlike ceiling lights, wall mounted lights situated at eye level offer a wonderful opportunity to accentuate the look and feel of your design. Used in combination with effective ceiling lighting, they can bring a wonderfully stylish touch to your interior whilst also providing a fantastic practical solution. These antique brass wall lamps with exposed bulbs bring an on-trend industrial quality to this sophisticated bathroom design, looking stunning paired with the understated classic wood panelling. As well as enhancing the style of this beautiful bathroom, these aptly positioned wall lights ensure clear visibility when using the mirror.

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Adding extra lighting to improve visibility around your bathroom mirror is a great way to enhance the functionality of your design. Wall-mounted lights come in a range of modern and traditional styles; however, if you prefer something sleeker, you can also opt for a bar style pendant light or a mirror with integrated LED strips.

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Many of us shy away from including pendant lights in our bathroom design, however, provided they have suitable ingress protection and are situated far enough away from sinks or showers, pendant lights can make a stunning addition to any space. This single light creates a stylish vignette, beautifully highlighting items displayed on the vanity. Alternatively, positioning a stylish pendant light in the centre of the room can make a dramatic feature.

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One of our absolute favourite bathroom features is the gorgeous warm glow created by integrated LED strip lights. Hidden above and below bathroom units, plinths or shower niches, LED lights have the ability to elevate your bathroom interior into a luxurious tranquil sanctuary, perfect for relaxation. This simple detail is surely one of the most impressive ways to truly transform your bathroom design.

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If you’d like to find out more about introducing lighting to your bathroom design or if you have an upcoming Manchester bathroom project you’d like to discuss, then we’d love to hear from you. You can speak to a member of our expert team by calling 020 7127 5235 or emailing [email protected].


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