5 Modern Bathroom Lighting Ideas That'll Make You Want to Stop and Stare

Don't get left in the dark when it comes to your bathroom's lighting plan. There are plenty of fixtures and installation methods to choose from that will bring something unique to your space, regardless of the style — farmhouse, midcentury, bohemian, and yes, of course, modern. Boasting dreamy finishes and sleek lines, au courant fixtures have the ability to transform even the most basic washrooms, turning them into luminous self-care retreats you never want to leave. Scroll on to discover five modern bathroom lighting ideas that will make getting ready in the morning the best part of your day.

1. Make a statement with sculpture.

Mini pendants are something we can definitely get behind, especially when they frame the vanity area THIS well. Interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel collaborated with lighting brand Cedar & Moss to create these sculptural modern bathroom light fixtures with brass detailing, and we love the subtle impact they're having in this white space.

2. Go ga-ga for globes.

modern bathroom lighting with globe style pendant at vanity with blue wall tile
credit: Studio Black

Taking cues from both industrial and midcentury design styles, globe light fixtures are a surefire way to add a dash of modern charm to your space. The team over at Studio Black shows us how it's done with this gorgeous blue bathroom. But the real question is: will you go for a clear glass shade or an opal shade?

3. Mix pendants and wall lights.

modern bathroom lighting with pink and blue walls and console sinks
credit: 2LG Studio

Mixing and matching your modern bathroom lighting is essential in order to create a space that's functional ... and let's be honest, looks good. Follow the lead of this eclectic and colorful design by 2LG Studio that's ticking all of the boxes. The geometric nature of the black mobile-style chandelier (seen reflected in the mirror) is perfectly paired with the trio of mini wall sconces at the vanity area.

4. Experiment with an off-center installation.

modern bathroom lighting with fine bona china pendant
credit: The Stables

It is possible to create a soft look in a minimalist bathroom⁠ — you just need to get the color palette, materials, and styling right. You can also try hanging a simple pendant off-center in the room and relish in the relaxed, perfectly-imperfect feeling it brings. The light fixture featured in this white bathroom designed by The Stables is from Dunlin and is created entirely from fine bone china.

5. Stay glam with luxe materials.

Just one scroll on Instagram and you'll find something brass — especially when it comes to washrooms. Modern bathroom lighting with the swanky finish has the innate ability to impart a luxe factor that just can't be ignored. For instance, in this bathroom designed by Arent & Pyke, the simple addition of a wall sconce to match the wall-mounted faucet in this stylish sanctuary adds a contemporary touch that's bound to get all of the likes.

Where to Shop for Modern Bathroom Lighting:

If it's good enough for Sarah Sherman Samuel, it's good enough for us. Describing the brand as having "taken cues from the past while forging into the future with unexpected perspectives," Cedar & Moss founder Michelle Aaro creates beautiful modern bathroom lighting with endless Pinterest potential.

For those after a more sculptural look, PhotonicStudio is a great source for getting your hands on some handmade light fixtures.

From wall sconces to flush mounts, CB2 creates stunning lighting with a contemporary take on classics. Get ready for a brilliant use of materials that will result in endless scrolling while you decide which one to bring home.


Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin

Emma Jane Palin is a multi-award-winning blogger and freelance writer with a penchant for design and interiors.