Never underestimate the power of light: the force of all living things. Without the sun, there would be no life, and without carefully selected lighting, interiors would fail to achieve their true potential.
Interior spaces yearn for the right colour, the right furnishings, and the right light. Get the ambience wrong, and your entire room pales into a dull shadow of what might have been.
We’re going to explore how light transforms a bathroom into a cathedral of stupendous, spacious flair. LEDs are going to feature heavily, but the power of natural light in small spaces is going to play a close counterpoint.
Grab a warming brew, kick back, and muse in the indulgence of your dream bathroom.
And get planning.
This heavenly chamber of serene ecru is minimalist and uber-sophisticated. The toilet bowl hovers enigmatically above a diamond of white light, while the downlighting above the alcove demonstrates the striking texture of the tiles in direct contrast with the lustrous matte of the walls and the floor. Stunning.
Venturing into the dark, we have a fabulous palette of textured greys and purest glass. The corona of light emerging from behind the planet of mirrored glass contributes to an otherworldly aura in this stunning space. The vanity unit hovers; defying gravity with grace. Stunning.
A fusion of geometrics brings balance and sophisticated poise to this stunning bathroom. The dimensional angularity of the wall and the flooring is cleverly challenged with an annular softness introduced through the over-sized mirror, the globular light shades, and the sexy curvature of the tub. Sophisticated tranquillity.
Daylight wins out again with this colossal Velux window; bathing the washroom with all the illumination it’s ever going to need (during the day, at least). Daylight is king in the bathroom. Every time.
This basic bathroom is elevated to the giddy heights of decadent grandeur with a beautiful art-deco-inspired snake-light chandelier. It doesn’t matter what the rest of the bathroom looks like; all eyes will be looking up! Fantastic.
The clash of concrete industrialism in partnership with a precision of sharp right angles could make this swathe of grey very uninviting. But natural daylight saves the day; pushing a shaft of pure energy into this Spartan space. The addition of the plunge pool and the surprising contrast of living shrubbery introduces an exotic decadence. Striking.
Daylight washes this slick wet room in a calming luminescence. The elevated, skylight presents a fantastic concept for invisible lighting. If you don’t have access to the outside, then daylight LEDs elevated beyond the visible horizon would create the same ambience. Brilliantly simple.
If space is no obstacle, then why not indulge in design that laughs in the face of floor economy? There’s not a single light to be seen here: all hidden from view; making marvellous use of a flattering downlight. Fabulous.
This fabulous bathroom is perfectly and creatively balanced by aesthetic symmetry. The torch lighting straddling the double mirrors are restrained and sophisticated, while the downlighting from above is hidden by a false horizon. Perfect.
The downlit LEDs emphasise the texture of drifting sands, creating a palette of light and shade that feels utterly luxurious. Simply gorgeous.
OK; so this is clearly a bathroom in a bar or nightclub (unless you need three basins), but we can glean ideas from this uber-cool celebration of the circle. It may well be bling incarnate, but the annular theme resonates strongly throughout its entire composition. Amazing.
This washroom has been curated for light: white walls softened by huge, arched windows with stained glass insets. The chandelier can be a tricky look to pull off inside the home, but this fabulous example manages to veer safely past nouveau riche and lands quite comfortably upon classy.
The smoky marbling summons colonial gentleman’s clubs from distant pasts. The conical pendants astride the mirror make a marvelous feature. The downlighting in the cabinets and beneath the vanity unit bring gravity to this lovely space. Glamorous.
Circular mirrors with eclipsing backlighting are all the thing, coming up to 2020. The tubular downlight is subtle and cool; reinforcing the fabulous simplicity of this lovely design.
If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, this colonial composition conjures grand adventures in far-flung, exotic climes. The carriage lighting befits the era while the inset spots bring ample illumination. Beautiful.
With ambience comes escape and tranquillity; marvellously evoked through inset downlights. The crocodile skin tub, the dark wood, and the charcoal walls help create an atmosphere of calm, enriched with pools of warming light.
The interplay between the perimeter downlighting and the ingeniously curated horizontal strip-panelling brings a beautifully unique edge to this stunning space. Again, daylight plays a significant role in the vitality that radiates throughout this stylish bathroom. Vibrant.
Well-considered lighting does more than bring radiance into a small bathroom; it emphasises surface contrast as the glow interplays with texture. These fabulous monochrome, Victorian tiles really are the making of this stunning bathroom; emphasised by the hidden strip-LEDs. Wonderful.
Drift into a heavenly repose by conjuring twinkling starlight with these gently pulsing LEDs, hovering above the tub for a guaranteed escape. Genius.
This bathroom may have the restraint of a lottery millionaire, but this chandelier is really striking: a cluster of brass tubes, colonising above the most decadent bathtub we’ve ever seen. Bring on the bling.