10 Bathroom Wall Lighting Ideas That Are Ready for a Close-Up

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The lighting in a bathroom can make or break the overall design. Don't be fooled into thinking a ceiling fixture will provide enough illumination, especially if you like being able to see while you're getting ready for the day or primping for a night out. Whether you install one on either side or one above your vanity mirror, bathroom wall lighting will highlight your task areas and provide a softer glow in comparison to some harsh overhead options. Plus, they're quite pretty to look at, too. Here are 10 picture-perfect ideas that'll brighten up your bath in no time.

1. Add a midcentury touch.

Installing wall lighting on either side of a vanity mirror is the perfect way to lighten up your space. Keep it simple like Suzannah of Create / Enjoy and opt for globe-style milk glass wall sconces to add a midcentury flair to a modern bathroom.

Get the look: Mitzi by Hudson Valley Lighting Stella Wall Sconce, $142

2. Be bold.

Don't be afraid to make a statement if the rest of your room is bold. Wall lighting can take your design scheme to new heights. Want proof? Kelly of Studio DIY created this custom double sconce with Sazerac Stitches, and the green Moroccan-tiled backsplash wouldn't look the same without it.

Get the look: Sazerac Stitches Double Kelly Sconce, $240

3. Three is (not) a crowd.

A trio of wall sconces can work wonders in a large bathroom where there's room for a double vanity. The folks at Undecorated Home mixed these modern brass fixtures with other metal finishes like matte black and champagne bronze to create a lustrous, farmhouse vibe.

Get the look: Lucent Light Shop Satellite Sconce, $189

4. Small but mighty.

Your bathroom wall lighting idea doesn't have to take over, or even be a stand-out feature. Sarah Sherman Samuel has kept the fixtures in this modern sanctuary subtle, allowing the green wall tile and geometric floor design to take center stage.

Get the look: Allied Maker Mini Orb 3-5 Wall Sconce, $445

5. Highlight your mirror.

There's a practical side to bathroom wall lighting ideas, and that's to highlight the areas you need to see and to eliminate any pesky shadows. Place sconces above your vanity mirrors for maximum effect and opt for a light with a shade. The stoneware fixtures in this design by Sunny Circle Studio are handmade by Pigeon Toe Ceramics, and feature locally-sourced wood and a hand-cast opaque stoneware shade.

Get the look: Cedar & Moss Wyatt Sconce, $249

6. Create a focal point.

Minimalism isn't for everyone. If you want to create a focal point on one wall of your bathroom, add a sconce. Liz of Within The Grove has done exactly that in her industrial-style bathroom, completing the look with some framed art and wall planters.

Get the look: Greyleigh Matte Black/Bronze Finlayson 1-Light Armed Sconce, $87.99

7. Double trouble.

Want the ultimate symmetry in your bathroom? Double up on EVERYTHING. The two-light armed sconces in this midcentury design by Juniper Home make the room appear larger and more balanced, and they even add a hint of retro-inspired luxury.

Get the look: George Oliver Claudio 2-Light Armed Sconce, $132.99

8. Channel hotel design.

The right bathroom wall lighting idea can make a striking difference with little effort. Just look at this scheme by Light and Dwell for inspo. We wouldn't blame you for thinking this chic boho setup was part of a luxury hotel room, but hey, surprise, it's not!

Get the look: Rejuvenation Rigdon Double Tube Wall Sconce, $319

9. Work your color palette.

We've got to admit, we're fans of this matchy matchy bohemian bathroom wall lighting idea from Molly of Almost Makes Perfect. The nude tones, natural woods, and brass accents are just stunning. Moral of the story: Know what your style is and stick to it, even when it comes to the lighting.

Get the look: Triple Seven Home Florish Sconce, $180

10. Make an impact in a small bathroom.

Smaller bathrooms can be tricky to work with but that doesn't mean that you need to hold back on the lighting. If anything, a wall light will help to add dimension in a tight space. The diffuse light can draw attention to important areas as seen in this scheme by W Collective Interiors. Want more tips? Check out these clever small bathroom lighting ideas.

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

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