Bathroom lighting can be crucial to the proper use and functionality of your bathroom. Whether you're buying new or attempting to do a remodel, never overlook lighting, which can seem like a small, basic part of the room. Instead, it can really take your bathroom from inviting to useless.
Under cabinet lighting - Using a strip of LED lights is perhaps the best option for this, as it is the least likely to seen while maintaining quality lighting. However, using them can add a sleek look, especially if you leave them on at night as a sort of night light. You can also get them with an occupancy sensor, which turns on when it detects movement and turns off when no one is around in order to save energy.
Prevent shadows - One of the most important things we do in the bathroom is get ready for the day. From doing makeup to doing hair, light is a critical part of those processes. Try to keep recessed lights away from over the mirror. This is perhaps the biggest mistake people make and it's a surefire way to riddle your face with shadows. The best lighting for task or vanity lighting is on either side of the mirror at about eye level. With proper lighting, your makeup will be less like The Joker and more like Angelina Jolie.
Tub and shower - When doing a remodel, taking into account your favorite things to do in the bath and shower will come in handy when you add special lighting in the least expected of places. Imagine having a light right overhead when reading a book or lighting in the shower to keep you from missing spots around your ankles while shaving. Don't be afraid to go fancy and really accent your tub with something like a small chandelier, it can add to the functionality as well.
Don't be afraid to do something modern and non-traditional with your bathroom lighting. Many homes have a single dull light above the vanity, something we now see as obsolete. Venturing away from that and from something a little more practical is always a great idea. Take into account your needs, be it reading novels during a long bath, doing hair and makeup, or even just trying to keep the kids from walking into the wrong room in the middle of the night, and adjust your lighting ideas accordingly. Venture out and give yourself the bathroom you deserve.
For help with the bathroom redesign, contact a general contractor.