Bathroom Lighting Ideas

Explore your options for bathroom lighting ideas, and get ready to create a welcoming and well-lit bath space in your home.


A freestanding bathtub is the focal point of this cottage style bathroom from designer Anissa Swanzy.

From: Anissa Swanzy

By: Sean McEvoy

Natural light is often at a premium in bathrooms, which is why bathroom lighting ideas are especially important if you're remodeling an existing bathroom or installing a brand-new one. You'll want to explore a wide range of lighting fixtures to find ideas that suit your style, budget and bath space.

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Wall-Mount Showerhead

Basic but highly functional, wall-mount showerheads are available in many styles and finishes. New low-flow showerheads, such as the Envi Eco-Performance showerhead from Moen, use less water while maintaining a powerful spray. Image courtesy of Moen

Hand-Held Showerhead

Hand-held showerheads feature a single head sprayer attached to a flexible hose, good for washing hair and those hard-to-reach places. Hand-held showerheads are particularly useful for those with limited mobility. Image courtesy of Moen

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Rain Showerhead

More and more homeowners are splurging on luxury shower fixtures for the bathroom. Often mounted on the ceiling, rain showerheads provide the sensation of bathing in a waterfall or soothing rain shower. Image courtesy of Kohler

Photo By: Kohler

Body Sprayers

Body sprayers, which are integrated into the shower wall and can be adjusted to massage the body or produce a relaxing mist, add another layer of luxury to the shower experience. Image courtesy of Moen

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Body Sprayers and Rain Head

Kohler shower sprays and rain head fixture were installed by licensed contractor Matt Muenster, as seen on DIY Network's Bath Crashers

Photo By: Stephany Wieland

Dual-Head Shower System

A chrome-finish shower system with both traditional and handheld shower heads offers maximum function. 

Modern Handheld Shower Head

This sleek handheld showerhead is adjustable and convenient.

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Three Showerheads

Two fixed bronze showerheads and one hand-held nozzle accommodates up to two people at the same time in this shower covered in tumbled tile.

Drop-In Sink

The easiest type of bathroom sink to install, drop-in or self-rimming sinks are mounted above the counter. This tried-and-true style is available in a wide range of shapes and materials. Image courtesy of Gerber

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Undermount Sink

Installed beneath the countertop, undermount sinks are growing in popularly because they're easy to clean and offer a sleek appearance. Undermount sinks work well with countertops made of stone and solid surface materials. Image courtesy of Kohler

Vessel Sink

Vessel sinks, or decorative bowls that sit on top of the counter, make a statement in the bathroom. These elegant sinks come in a variety of eye-catching materials, including glass, stone and vitreous china, such as this patterned sink from Kohler's Caravan collection.

Photo By: Kohler

Pedestal Sink

Pedestal-style sinks save space in the bathroom and offer timeless appeal. Their bowls are available in oblong, rectangular or traditional oval shapes. Image courtesy of Porcher

Wall-Hung Sink

Wall-hung sinks are similar to pedestal sinks, without the pedestal. They’re mounted directly to wall surfaces and have a contemporary look. The open space underneath a wall-hung sink is ideal for those in wheelchairs. Image courtesy of Delta Faucets

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New-Fangled Faucets

Today's faucets are available in a wide range of styles, from timeless and traditional to sleek and modern, such as this faucet from Delta's Vero collection. New faucets are also more water efficient than previous models and can come with highly functional features, such as integrated ceramic disks within the fixture that help grind away buildup that causes leaks.

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High-Tech Faucet Features

Thanks to advancements in technology, homeowners can now equip their bathrooms with bacteria-killing faucets, motion-activated faucets and laminar flow faucets, which create a solid-looking stream that doesn't splash. This electronic touchless faucet by Kohler features Tripoint technology that is more accurate than infrared sensors.


The Kohler pressure-balancing shower faucet in polished chrome is powered by a single lever handle.

Wall-Mount Faucet

On the style front, faucets can be fastened on the lavatory deck, integrated or even mounted on the wall. Wall-mount faucets have gained popularity along with freestanding or vessel-type sinks that require longer spouts that extend well over the top of the bowl. Image courtesy of Native Trails

Photo By: Native Trails

Dual-Flush Toilet

Today's water-efficient toilets, such as the Saile elongated one-piece toilet by Kohler, encourage "conscious flushing" by requiring you to select either a low-water (0.8 to 1.2 gpf) flush for liquid waste or a 1.6-gallon flush for solid waste.

One-Piece Toilet

One-piece toilets eliminate the seam between tank and bowl. The result is a sleek design with no crevices to trap dirt. One-piece toilets tend to be more expensive than comparable two-piece models. Image courtesy of INAX

Taller Toilet

Taller toilets that are 16 to 18 inches high rather than the standard 14- to 15-inch height are more comfortable for most homeowners, except for children. Taller commodes are also accessible for those who use a walker or wheelchair. Image courtesy of Gerber

When considering light fixtures for your bath space, you'll first need to decide on the style of the lighting elements. If you're staying within the style of the rest of the home, this will be a simple case of choosing traditional, modern or contemporary elements to match. Classic wall sconces are often a good option for any style of bathroom, and they're now available in contemporary and traditional styles.

When choosing light fixtures, first determine what bulb strength they'll accommodate, and make sure it's the correct strength for your bathroom. You don't want the space to be under- or over-lit, so this is a key element. Perform a few tests with plug-in lamps and different bulbs before you decide on any lighting choices.

Sconces and track lighting work well on walls or ceilings in most bathrooms, and ceiling lights are more and more common in bathrooms. They range from simple, dome-covered bulbs to ornately designed chandeliers.

If space permits, table lamps can be an effective source of bathroom light for sitting areas or on a larger sink console or countertop.

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