Bathroom Ceiling Lighting Ideas For Your Home

Today’s posts is all about bathroom ceiling lighting ideas.

Smart bathroom lighting ideas can help bring a space to life.

Bathroom light fixtures are a great light source for practical tasks like getting ready for the day or shaving, but lighting can also change the mood and aesthetic of your bathroom. 

The Best Bathroom Lighting Ideas

Interior designers know the right bathroom lighting can make all the difference when it comes to the overall design of your powder room or bathroom.

Bathroom Lights: Ideas for your ceiling and beyond

Whether you’re looking for the perfect wall sconces, practical vanity lighting, or ambient lights for the ultimate spa-like experience, here are some of the best bathroom ceiling lighting ideas that flawlessly balance beauty and functionality. 

Brighten Your Powder Room With Pendant Lights

Pendant lighting allows you to play around with various shapes, colors, sizes, and heights to make an impact on any size bathroom.

Bathroom lighting can and should be decorative too.

Bathroom light fixtures are an easy way to give your bathroom character. 

With so many great pendant light options, it’s easy to see why this is one of my favorite bathroom lighting ideas.

Be sure to scroll though to the bottom of this post to see a full round up of my top picks.

You can use a single pendant light in the center of the ceiling to create a cozy atmosphere, while a set of bathroom pendant lights will add more brightness and maintain a sense of harmony. 

vanity lights in bathroom
Vanity sconce lighting in my daughter’s bathroom.

Add Light to Your Bathroom Vanity Area

Have you considered using multiple light sources?

If your bathroom is especially dim, try adding vanity lights to the side of the mirror.

You can also illuminate the mirror with task lighting by adding two decorative wall lights on the left and right side of a mirror. 

Not only does this look great, but setting up you bathroom lighting fixtures this way will often yield the best lighting results overall.

Create a Luxurious Look With Ambient Lighting

Statement lighting is having a moment.

While you may want to aim for practical task lighting in your shower and vanity, ambient lightning around your bath and in alcoves can help create a tranquil, luxurious spa-like space in your home. 

This will often enhance the overall bathroom design.

Relaxing ambient lighting is perfect for unwinding at the end of the day.

Many of today’s bathroom lighting trends even have smart lighting controls you can use to pre-program the settings to your desired color temperature, brightness, and more. 

Expand Your Space With Bright Bathroom Ceiling Lights for Small Bathrooms

Good lighting is a great way to make a smaller bathrooms feel more open and spacious.

The best bathroom lighting for small bathrooms obviously won’t take up a lot of space.

Simple pendant lights, space-saving wall sconces and flush mounts, or mirrored cabinets with integral lighting can help any bathroom appear bigger, regardless of the square foot of the space. 

You’ll want to make sure you go for an overall cohesive look.

Don’t miss this post for more even more ideas on how to make a small bathroom appear larger.

Create Drama in Larger Spaces With Your Bathroom Lighting Design

If you have a large bathroom, overhead lights can help bridge the gap between your floors and high ceilings.

Consider your ceiling a blank canvas for different types of lighting.

If you lack natural light and need a more substantial light source, a larger fixture on the ceiling can help link the entire space together and provide adequate light as well. 

In addition, a large flush mount ceiling light or pendant can provide a beautiful design focal point in addition to a lot of light.

How to Select the Best Bathroom Ceiling Lighting

It’s a good idea to choose fittings that work with other accessories, colors, and themes in your bathroom.

Details like this matter, so always play close attention when choosing different types of lights.

Also, consider selecting a light bulb color that complements your current aesthetic or the ambiance you’re trying to create.

For example, stark white bright lights can be more practical for getting ready, while warmer light tones create a more tranquil atmosphere. 

If you’re undecided, some bathroom fixtures can be adjusted with by adding a high quality dimmer switch.

Meaning you can switch between bright light needed for putting on makeup and softer light to put you in a relaxing mood. 

two mirrors in primary bathroom


Hopefully you found some helpful bathroom lighting ideas here today.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments or send me an email.


Finally, for even more great bathroom decor and design inspiration, be sure to check out these posts by clicking each title below:

Beadboard Bathroom Ideas.

Quick and Easy Ideas to Spruce Up Your Bathroom Counters.

Master Bathroom Remodel With Before and Afters 

Bathroom Remodeling Ideas and Inspiration.

Our Blue and White Bathroom Remodel With Before and Afters

Bathroom Renovation Wallpaper Ideas

The Best Flush Mount Lights

Benjamin Moore White Dove Paint Review


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