How to use pendant lights in a bathroom design
Though most people use pendant lights in kitchens and living rooms, these cool lighting fixtures can be installed in bathrooms to an equally charming effect. To achieve maximum appeal and prevent unpleasant accidents in the slippery shower room, pendant lights should be selected with care and set up by professionals. Here, have a few tips on how to introduce suspension fixtures into the loo to a most flattering effect.
Height does matter
Pendant lamps placed too high or too low can completely shatter visual experience and make the bathroom look stuffy and cramped. To max out aesthetic effects, pick a sleek shade design and decide where to install the lamp. As a general rule, pendant lighting should be placed in a spot protected from water, so try putting it up close to the mirror and away from the shower. The pendant should be suspended at the height of at least 210 centimeters to avoid accidental head-on collisions. If your ceilings are low, consider another lighting type: pendant lights placed close to the ceiling can lead to paint yellowing and moss buildup, and those two will ruin your otherwise perfect bathroom.
As for materials, aim for rust-free options, such as stainless steel, glass, or sturdy plastic shades. The choice of pendant shade material will also depend on light intensity, so if you need extra-bright illumination in the shower room, skip plastic shades which can melt when exposed to high temperatures. According to reputed bathroom builders, homeowners should avoid suspending pendant lamps directly above a freestanding tub in shower rooms with low ceilings. If the loo is high enough to accommodate a downlight, however, consider opting for dimmable lights: this will allow you to customize light intensity and create a relaxing ambiance for an odd deep soak.
Colors in their best light
The choice of shade color and style is highly subjective, and it will depend mainly on the overall bathroom color scheme and personal preference. For optimal effect, stick to neutral pendant lamp tones such as soft peach, white, beige, and light grey. When using vibrant shades such as bright green, red, or orange, opt for lamps with a matte finish. Glossy tiles will mirror light back to the shade, and multitude of reflective surfaces will result in high glare and it will ruin the loo aesthetics. Wattage will also play a role in shade hue: the more intense the light you intend to use, the deeper the shade color should be (unless you really like to indulge in long bubble baths surrounded by floodlights, that is).
Minimalism is an asset
Weird geometrical and twisted shades look great in offices or living rooms, but in the bathroom, they may come across as out of place unless paired with furnishings in a similar design. When choosing pendant lamp shape, stick to conventional, minimalist, or Scandinavian-inspired designs: low-maintenance shades are easier to clean and dry after a long tub-dipping session, and they will not serve as a magnet for moisture that can jeopardize bathroom safety and cause damage to the wiring. Still, avoid using exposed bulb lamps: these will burn out faster if used in high humidity conditions.
Picking a perfect pendant light for the loo is a bit trickier than choosing lamps for the rest of the home. Still, if the installation is executed properly, pendant lamps can increase functionality and appeal of even the grimiest loo, so do not be dismayed by the complexity of the task. Grab the tape measure, size up your bathroom, and decide on the shade color, material, and position that accentuate your shower room’s best aspects. Let there be light – and let it be as cool as can be!