When designing or remodeling a bathroom, lighting typically tends to fall under the radar, letting tiles and fixtures take center stage instead. And while it's no secret that a bold marble backsplash or a lustrous, modern faucet can transform a space, it's the lighting that separates a great bath from a truly spectacular one. Now, we're not talking about just any old sconce or recessed ceiling light, but a decorative element that can stand out on its own and make a big statement. Enter: Pendants.
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Ready to graduate from the dated theatrical bulbs to something a bit more sophisticated and clean? Scroll on for 10 pendant lighting bathroom ideas that might just inspire you to make a change.
1. The Classy Cool One
A contemporary space can sometimes run the risk of feeling sterile. Downplay its intensity with a pendant that's a bit more classic, and keep it all cohesive by sticking to a reserved color palette. The bone china pendant, with its fin-like detailing, in this all-white bathroom by The Stables does the trick.
Get the look: Peter Bowles for Original BTC Fin Pendant, $449 - $495
2. The Leather-Detailed Duo
Emily Henderson used a pendant lighting bathroom idea for her mountain house that focused on complementing the existing shapes in the space, without mimicking them, for visual interest. The designer opted for these frosted-glass fixtures because the leather straps brought in a splash of warmth to balance out the room's cooler tones.
Get the look: Allied Maker Well Pendant Mini, $1,200
3. The Brass Beauty
Green and brass are a certifiable power couple, and the vanity in this graphic beach house designed by Chelsea Hing and photographed by Rhiannon Taylor is all the proof we'd ever need. Take a cue from this scene and set a polished brass pendant against a bold wall paint for a dynamic pop.
Get the look: Artek Aalto Pendant A330S Golden Bell, $421
4. The Beach-Chic Stunner
The best way to inspire interest in a minimal design void of color? A textured accent piece — preferably hung in the center of the room — will definitely get the job done and bring with it a hint of warmth as well.
Get the look: Serena and Lily Santa Barbara Round Pendant, $298 - $398
5. The Single Stunner
If you prefer that your pendant lighting bathroom idea not be the center of attention, but still want some sort of an accent over the vanity, follow the lead of Avenue Design. They opted for an understated option that can stand on its own yet still make an impact. For a dramatic finish, cluster a trio of pendants together.
Get the look: Andrew Neyer Chime Pendant, $275
6. The Vintage-Inspired Globe
Globe lights and freestanding tubs are a match made in design heaven, and at the top of our list of favorite pendant lighting bathroom ideas. Notice how the chrome detailing in this design by Studio McGee complements the fixtures, marrying the elements of the room together with effortless ease.
Get the look: Ralph Lauren Hendricks Small Globe Pendant, $1,305
7. The Cap-Coned Mini
If you like the lone bulb look but still want something with a little more oomph to it, pair a cone cap pendant with an oversize lightbulb à la Amber Interiors and position it directly above the sink for maximum impact.
Get the look: Allied Maker Crest Pendant, $930
8. The Frosted Set
Set up your bathroom with frosted glass pendants for ambient lighting. In this Cali master bath designed by Dichotomy Interiors, the brass fixtures above the vanity complete the scene by providing a much-needed accent to the otherwise sparsely decked walls.
Get the look: AFX Lighting Callie Mini Pendant, $112 - $134
9. The Orbital Pair
File this under pendant bathroom lighting ideas that we can't wait to replicate. These modern fixtures, with their structured build and floating globe shades, inspire a new level of cool. Bonus points for pairing them with an equally minimalist vanity below.
Get the look: Mooie Lighting Mila Pendant Lamp, $85
10. The Lone Bulbs
If your design philosophy is all about making a statement with less, a sleek and streamlined pendant paired with a slightly oversize bulb is the way to do it. Customize the light fixture's finish so that it contrasts with the wall — think a bold red against a black and white backsplash.
Get the look: Schoolhouse Electric Cullen Pendant, $139