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15 of the best Small Bathroom Lighting Ideas

Lighting a smaller bathroom comes with its own unique challenges. Whether you are dealing with a powder room or primary bathroom, there are lighting tricks that can make your small bath functional and even feel larger than it is. Read on to find out some ideas for lighting small bathrooms.

Cluster Pendants

Ceiling lights, vanity lights and wall sconces are common choices for lighting bathrooms. Have you considered pendants? Hanging a cluster of pendants in the corner of a small bath can make a big impact.

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Subtle Stripes

Stripes can add an unexpectedly sophisticated feel to a small bathroom. Alternating gray and white stripes are subtle. Traditional style vanity lights help round out the look, along with bright pops of red.

Just Add Lime

Small bathrooms can benefit from a pop of color. This design by MC Design features a lime green rug atop a black-and-white checkered floor. Neutral millwork and white walls are offset by bright orange towels and florals. A simple vanity light ties the eclectic space together.

Go Bold or Go Home

In small bathrooms, particularly powder rooms, sometimes it makes sense to go bold or go home. That can take the form of bold wallpaper or tile or even painted surfaces. A tropical print makes this bath feel like a getaway, especially paired with a floral sconce design.

White Bathroom, Black Accents

A white bathroom with black accents is classic. These simple black vanity sconces coordinate with the mirror frame and modern faucet. White subway tile always helps to make a small space feel larger.

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Gray Recedes

Artfully glazed tiles can lend depth to a small bathroom, particularly those in gray tones which tend to recede visually. Vertically oriented wall sconces are a great option for tight spaces while still delivering plenty of light. Combine both these ideas for an effective small bathroom design strategy.

Simple Lighting, Fun Design

Grey Joyner Interiors added a fun tropical spin to this small bathroom. Small bathrooms provide a great opportunity to go bold in terms of design. Here we see tropical foliage wallpaper and green accents. Recessed lighting keeps it simple and the focus on the design.

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Fresh and Timeless

Want your small bathroom to feel fresh and timeless? Opt for white subway wall tiles, a white counter, and coordinating wood vanity and mirror frames. A sculptural pendant creates an eye-catching focal point.

Paint It White

Shades of Gray Design went for black and white in this small modern bath. White is the primary color and it makes the small space feel larger. Thoughtful black accents, including accessories and towels, tie it together. A lighted medicine cabinet makes efficient use of wall space.

Go Green

Pamela Hope Designs went for the green in this small bathroom renovation. Geometric wall paper and a coordinating vanity and herringbone tile create a monochromatic effect. Brass accents, including a three-globe brass wall sconce, add an elegant touch.

Retro Recess

MC Design Commercial & Residential played up a retro feel in this small bath. Green walls produce a soothing effect. Recessed lights are all that’s needed and are always a great choice for lower ceilinged spaces.

Tropical Escape

Going for a tropical vibe? These gold wall sconces installed against a mirror provide endless glamour. Muted green wallpaper and palm fronds round out the look. Pink accents in the form of shades create a relaxing tableaux.

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Flattering Light

Spectrum Design Group opted for simple sconces for this small bathroom renovation. Natural stone tiles and a wood vanity lend warmth. Uplights are both functional and forgiving, casting the viewer in their most flattering light.

Simplicity is King

Sometimes the simplest approach is the best, and you can never go wrong with clean white walls. Vantage Design Studio added textures accents in the form of a wood vanity, herringbone floor tiles, geometric wallpaper and a simple wall sconce.

Warm Tones

A traditional bath with wood accents calls for complementary wall sconces. These amber blown-glass fixtures work well with the wood tones of the vanity and mirror. A textured wall covering ties this small bathroom together.

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Small bathrooms often have efficient layouts. Sometimes getting back to basics is a good thing. Hopefully these small bathroom lighting ideas have helped to inspire you to choose the right fixture for your own small bathroom.


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