Behold, 10 Next-Level Bathroom Lighting Ideas to Upgrade Your Space

Proper lighting is a necessity in any bathroom; however, fixtures that are purely functional wouldn't satisfy the aesthete in us. Thankfully, there are plenty of options that are both beautiful and practical. In spacious master baths as well as tiny powder rooms, swapping out a light fixture can completely transform a space. Whether you're going for a minimal, rustic, farmhouse, or classic look, there's a light on this list that'll inspire you to head to your local home goods store. Check out these 10 bathroom lighting ideas to spark your interest.

1. Complement an industrial vibe with rope.

Take style notes from interior designer Jasmin Reese who layered fixtures at varying heights to brighten up this bathroom. The rope pendant lights warm up the high-contrast color palette while adding a nautical touch.

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2. Make a small statement.

These diminutive light fixtures illuminate the ever-important vanity mirror and are the perfect scale for this gasp-worthy, completely tiled bathroom designed by Jessica Helgerson. The brass fixtures and cabinet pulls add just the right amount of shine, while the muted color palette, plywood doors, and custom cement sink work together to create a Parisian vibe that has us saying "Oui!" to this space.

3. Go retro.

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This trio of art deco-inspired white and brass sconces are a testament to the adage that good things come in threes. We love how Alex and Austin from Hommeboys use them to make a statement without distracting from the clean lines, shiplap walls, and beautiful marble vanity. Plenty of recessed lighting (reflected in the mirrors) ensures that there is ample overhead light.

4. Play up contrast.

Black and white is a classic combination that will never go out of style. It brings a clean and fresh look to a room, which is particularly desirable in bathrooms. Designer Raili Clasen uses the high-contrast color combination to create a contemporary farmhouse vibe with vintage-inspired porcelain pendant lights, an oversize farmhouse sink, and reflective black subway tile. Baskets and wide-plank wood floors bring warmth to the space.

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5. Use elegant sconces in a dark and moody space.

Gold wall sconces are a refined accent to beautifully detailed millwork in this handsome bathroom by Jean Stoffer Design. Matching black vanities and tiled accent wall enhance the moody vibe while an expansive skylight ensures plenty of daylight filters in to keep the space bright. The geometric pattern on the marble floor is a fun and graphic spin on a traditional material, giving the space a bit of edge.

6. Embrace orb lighting.

This Jack-and-Jill guest bathroom in Mandy Moore's house is a study in refined modern design. Sage green Fireclay Tile applied in a vertical orientation sets the overall calming and welcoming tone that is complemented by an oversize wood vanity. Sarah Sherman Samuel selected these of-the-moment orb-shaped sconces that are decorative without being fussy. Their versatility would make them a great option in a traditional or bohemian space, too.

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7. Give asymmetry a try.

We love this moody bathroom by Amber Lewis of Amber Interior Design that manages to be a little bit modern, a little bit eclectic, and a little bit rustic thanks to a combination of pattern, brass finishes, cement flooring, and a zellige tile backsplash. A single vintage light fixture hung off-center adds warmth.

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8. Create a focal point over a bathtub.

Why stop at an incredible outdoor view when you can add a luxe chandelier (strictly following electrical codes, of course) over your bathtub for additional beauty? Nicole Davis' elevated mountain retreat features calming colors, natural finishes, and a stunning light fixture for the ultimate in relaxation.

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9. Mix modern and traditional.

Architectural lighting stands out against timeless subway tile in a soothing shade of blue for an unexpected but perfectly executed combination. Kate Marker pairs a bleached wood vanity, gold hardware, and marble countertop to complete the bright and cheerful space.

10. Embrace color.

Bathrooms are the ideal spot for trying something bold like wallpaper or color, or both as Chango & Co. did in this powder room. An eye-catching red wire pendant light takes center stage against graphic black-and-white wallpaper.

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Jaclyn Schatzow

Jaclyn Schatzow

Jaclyn Schatzow is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA