What is the best lighting for a small bathroom? [A Quick Guide]

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Small bathrooms can be a real challenge to light well. You want enough light so you can see what you’re doing, but you also don’t want the room to feel too bright or too sterile.

And if your bathroom is on the small side, you probably don’t have a lot of space to work with when it comes to lighting fixtures.

Still, there are plenty of ways to get around these problems and create a well-lit bathroom that feels both comfortable and inviting.

Let's look at some of our favourite ideas.

Recessed lighting

If you’re looking for a subtle and elegant way to light a small bathroom, recessed lights could be the perfect solution. They can provide plenty of illumination without taking up too much space since they sit flush with the ceiling.

To prevent the bathroom from feeling too bright, make sure you choose recessed lights with adjustable dimmers. And try to stick with one type of light for a more cohesive look.

We have some great Recessed LED Ceiling Lights here that will work beautifully.

Wall sconces

Wall sconces in bathroom 

Wall lights are a great way to add ambient lighting to a small bathroom without taking up too much space.

They can be used as accent lights or task lighting, depending on where you position them. And they come in a variety of styles and sizes, so you’re sure to find something that matches the look of your bathroom.

Even though wall sconces can be used in any size bathroom, they’re especially useful for small bathrooms since they don’t take up valuable floor or counter space.

Pendant lights

Pendant lights are a wonderful way to add a decorative touch to your small bathroom while still providing plenty of light.

They hang from the ceiling and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Choose a light with an adjustable chain so you can customize the height to best fit your space.

And since they’re suspended from the ceiling, pendant lights don’t take up any floor or counter space—perfect for a small bathroom!

Strip lights

Strip lights are a fantastic way to add subtle lighting without taking up too much space—they can be mounted directly onto the wall or ceiling and they only take up a few inches of room.

Plus, they’re available in a variety of colours and styles so you can find something that fits your design aesthetic. We have a great LED strip light here at Cavelights.

Strip lights are often used as accent lighting, but you can also use them for task lighting if you position them strategically. As well, since they’re so versatile, they can be used in any size bathroom.

Natural light

A very underrated way of lighting your small bathroom is simply to take advantage of any natural light you can!

If you have a small window or skylight in your bathroom, try to make the most of it! Natural light is one of the best ways to add warmth and brightness to any room, and it doesn’t take up any space.

Ceiling Lights

Ceiling lights in bathroom 

Ceiling lights are another great way to add brightness and style to your small bathroom.

They come in a variety of styles, from chandeliers to flush-mount fixtures, so you’re sure to find something that fits the look of your space.

If you have a small bathroom, ceiling lights are a great option - they won't take up any valuable floor or counter space! Plus, they're very easy to hang from the ceiling, so you can light up your bathroom without worrying about it feeling cluttered.

Mirrors with Lights

Mirrors are essential in any bathroom, but if you have a small one, you can use them to increase the amount of light in the room.

Look for mirrors that come with built-in lights along the sides (often called vanity mirrors) —these will help to make the room look brighter and bigger.

Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can add your own lights around the frame of a mirror—just make sure they’re well-secured so they don’t fall off!

Final Thoughts

No matter which lighting option you choose, remember that it’s important to use the right amount of light in a small bathroom. Too much light can make the room feel overwhelming, while too little can make it dark and gloomy.

Be sure to experiment with different lighting fixtures until you find the perfect balance! With these seven best lighting ideas for small bathrooms, you’re sure to find something that looks great and provides the right amount of light.