Coastal Bathroom Lighting That'll Transform Your Space Into a Seaside Escape

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The smell of salt air. The warm breeze against your skin. Blue skies. Yup, the seaside is pretty much a magical place. And you can bring that same feeling into your bath with coastal bathroom lighting ideas.

Generally, bathroom lighting ideas tend to be fairly standard (a brass sconce here, a crystal chandelier there), but if you're going for a beach-inspired look, there are some specific things that you can keep an eye out for. Set your sights on fixtures that feature natural materials, such as seashells and rattan. Keep things fresh with fixtures that are white and airy. Navy is always a nautical hue as well. Industrial sconces with guards look as if they've been pulled right from a boat. And globe-shaped lights remind us of bubbles, for just the right amount of playfulness.

Here are nine coastal bathroom lighting ideas that will transport you to the seashore in seconds.

1. Anthropologie Phillipa Globe Capiz Pendant, $348

Outfitted in capiz shells, a type of translucent oyster, this gorgeous pendant light from Anthropologie is flawless in a coastal bathroom — and we love the fact that the pattern looks a lot like fish scales.

2. Serena & Lily Coral Chandelier, $2,198

When it comes to coastal bathroom lighting ideas, this one gets our vote for a fixture that looks the most like actual sea life. Featuring sprays of white coral, it will be a daily reminder of warm beach vacays spent exploring the ocean floor.

3. Pottery Barn Hayden Flush Mount, $124.99

Among bathroom lighting ideas, a flush mount is basically a necessity in any space with a low ceiling. In the case of this classic fixture, the white and brass details offer just a touch of nautical charm, while providing more than enough illumination without overwhelming the rest of the design.

4. Schoolhouse Alabax Small Sconce, $139

Navy blue is a home run as a coastal hue, especially when it's applied to a vintage-inspired wall sconce. In your bathroom, place a pair of these fixtures over a mirror (or two) on a white wall, and you'll achieve beach-chic freshness in no time.

5. Serena & Lily Santa Barbara Round Pendant, $298 - $398

Rattan naturally reminds people of the ocean, the tropics, and balmy locales, making it a star amid coastal bathroom lighting ideas. Circular and buoyant, this woven pendant is guaranteed to look amazing hanging above a freestanding tub.

6. McGee & Co. Bistro Single Light Sconce, $405

While this globe-shaped fixture has a midcentury feel, it could work in a variety of bathroom designs, but we especially love it in a white and dreamy coastal bath.

7. IKEA Östanå Wall Lamp, $19.99

Yes, there is such a thing as a minimal coastal bathroom lighting idea, free from coral and seashells. And this wall sconce from IKEA fits the bill. The fixture's soft, curved shape is organic yet simple enough to allow the rest of your space to take center stage.

8. Customizable Barn Light Electric Company Streamline Industrial Guard Sconce, $165

Ahoy, matey! If you want your bathroom to feel as if it's been pulled from a boat, look no further than a wall sconce with an industrial metal guard. This one can be customized in nearly every color and finish you can imagine.

9. Chapman & Myers Covington Shield Sconce, $529

Available in lots of metal finishes with a traditional look, this sconce will look spot-on in a coastal bathroom, particularly when paired with white tile and gray cabinets. Add a couple of beach-inspired prints to complete the look.


Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who contributes to national magazines and websites, including Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Well+Good, and more. When she's not writing, you'll find her shopping flea markets, hiking, and going for walks with her corgi.

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