Unless you’re building a home from the ground up, you have zero control over the sizes of your bathroom, bedroom, living room, kitchen and others. That is why whether you're buying a house or renting one, you tirelessly search for a place that would fit all your ideal specifications.
Unfortunately, without an unlimited budget, it's nearly impossible to find a home that translates every detail you want. If you did, that's great, but not everyone is as fortunate as you. So, if the bathroom is the trade-off for an expansive living room and a spacious kitchen, you just need to make a bit of a compromise! One of the easiest and most practical methods of ‘making the best of it’ is by using LED lights to make your space look bigger.
When lighting a bathroom, you need to organise a lighting arrangement that will illuminate every nook and cranny without overpowering the room. If you end up overlighting your small bathroom, it will look smaller and more cluttered. So, how do you do that?
Think creatively about your bathroom lights! Focus on using light fixtures that will help you maximise your space and can double as decor to improve the ambience. What are they? Let’s find out!
LED fittings you need to create the illusion of a bigger bathroom
Flush Mount Ceiling Lights
The number one issue of a small bathroom is space (both vertical and horizontal). So, the number one light fixture that you should avoid are those large, decorative lights! Once you install a chandelier or a giant pendant lamp, all the minimal vertical clearance that you have will be gone. So, does this mean that you should only stick with a bulb for your ceiling lights and disregard the aesthetics of your space? Certainly not! Instead of hanging decorative fittings, stick with flush mount ceiling lights!
A flush mount ceiling light with a sleek finish and white frosted cover will effortlessly blend with the design layout of your bathroom. Once you switch it on, the diffuser will evenly bounce the light across your space, keeping it bright.
Since these fittings are designed to have a minimal silhouette and excellent light cast, your bathroom will look open and spacious. Also, with the diffused light from your ceiling, the bright light produced by an LED mirror will soften. With this, your eyes won’t feel uncomfortable every time you use it while applying your make-up or shaving.
LED Mirror and lighted medicine cabinets
Small bathrooms tend to overlook vanity lighting since there's only a tiny space around the mirror. Because of this, the vanity space relies heavily on the illumination provided but the ceiling lights. However, with this set-up, instead of having a lit area, you block the light reaching the mirror by simply standing in front of it and end up with a shadowy corner and insufficient brightness.
So, the best way to brighten up your vanity area and provide ample task lighting without consuming any space surrounding it is by using LED mirrors. Since the mirror and the lighting is combined, you won't need to occupy the wall around it. Also, LED mirrors come in different shapes and sizes, allowing you to choose one that will suit your bathroom.
If you need a mirror, lights, and extra storage, you can get a lighted medicine cabinet instead of an LED mirror. With this, all your three requirements are presented without giving you any problem with space allocation. Although it's primarily seen in the bathroom, you can also use a lighted medicine cabinet in spaces where you need more storage and added illumination.
LED strip lights and under-cabinet lights
In a small bathroom, every surface area matters. Even the space underneath your shelves and cabinets needs to be taken care of. You see, the area under a shelf is usually dark and hard to illuminate. Because of this, you end up with a shady spot that makes the room feel a bit smaller. So, the solution for this problem is adding strip lights or under-cabinet lights.
Similar to the kitchen, the countertops are often dim and shadowy because of the shelves or cabinets above them. However, the space becomes more functional once you add an under-cabinet light beneath the cabinet or shelf. The bathroom would then look larger because of the elimination of the dark areas.
If you’re looking for a more flexible and unnoticeable lighting solution for your under-cabinet areas, then you might prefer strip lights. They come in a variety of colours and colour temperatures, allowing you to not only make your bathroom bigger but customise based on your style and personality. Instead of sticking with a specific colour or colour temperature, get an RGB colour changing strip (Bath Disco Anyone?!) or a CCT tuneable tape light! With this, you'll have more colours to play with, or you can utilise your lights for task and ambient lighting.
That's it! Now, you're ready to transform your bathroom and make it look more spacious. If you're shopping for the fittings listed above, check out our website, LED Supplier! We have an extensive collection of lighting solutions, from the fixtures like downlights, bulbs, and plinth lights, to accessories like drivers, sensors, and dimmers! It's a one-stop online shop for all your lighting needs!