We’ve combed through our Livingetc archives and gorgeous design projects and pulled out the best bathroom lighting ideas we could find.
With everything from traditional chandeliers, gothic orbs, lanterns and candle-like sconces to on-trend fluted glass wall lights, industrial style pendants and Art Deco inspired lighting, these stylish spaces are laden with great bathroom lighting inspiration.
For something ultra slick, recessed lighting thats glows from behind marble tiles looks clean and chic, as the second bathroom below will show you. Designer Harriet Anstruther added some funk to a shower room with neon mood lighting.
For something a little more eclectic, we love the colourful lampshades in Studio Peake’s bathroom design (third one down), which gives the bathroom more of an English country home vibe (Matilda Goad shades would also look lovely and unexpected in a bathroom).
Looking for bathroom lighting ideas to illuminate your bathroom mirror? If you have a fully mirrored walls, you could punctuate through the marble with a wall-mounted design, as shown in the sixth image below. Got a traditional wall mirror? Light it from above, or with wall sconces either side for a traditional look. Fluted glass wall lights will give the space a retro Art Deco vibe, while bulb lighting around a mirror creates a glam Hollywood dressing room effect.
See Also: 30 chic and clever bathroom mirror ideas
Pretty pendants can create a more relaxed atmosphere and draw the eyes up, while ceiling chandeliers add instant grandeur. An orb chandelier can add a bit of rock ‘n’ roll attitude.
Ready to get inspired? Explore some of our favourite modern bathroom lighting ideas…
A low hanging pendant illuminates and accentuates the tiny black chevron tiles.
Get the look: These are the Paradise Arrow Negro tile from Porcelanose. Wall pendant by Allied Maker. Marble sink available through Modul Marble. Taps from Specialty Hardware, Los Angeles.
Sleek lighting is recessed and fitted behind the marble.
These pretty add a pop of welcome colour to this grey bathroom.
Get the look: Lampshades from Rosi de Ruig, wall lights from Tinsmith, mirror from Pottery Barn. Taps by Crosswater.
At night, this frosted glass pendant casts a soft, warm glow.
A ceiling pendant like this is unusual in a bathroom and lends a design-led look. Marble and metallic accents help give this spa-like bathroom a glamorous feel. A potted plant, fabric blind and a pendant light also help to give this bathroom a more luxe look.
Get the look: Chandelier by Hudson Valley / Bathroom plumbing by Crosswater London
Here bathroom wall lights have been mounted to a mirrored wall.
Get the look: Trapeze sconces by Apparatus. Taps from Specialty Hardware. Marble bath and vanity all available through Modul Marble.
A single black pendant light punctuates this soft, warm bathroom space and adds instant modernity.
A pair of wall lights on either side of the basin mirror will achieve a classic, traditional look.
Get the look: Wallpaper is from MDC. Washstand is from Waterworks. Marble is from Carrera C. Lighting from Urban Electric Co. French Horn Wall Light by Vaughan. Plumbing from Waterworks. Mirror is from Urban Archaeology.
A trio of wall lights illuminate this pair of bathroom mirrors.
Here a pair of bathroom mirrors are illuminated from above.
Get the look: Vanity Mirrors by Mirror Image
A painted ceiling and bulb light in the centre creates a cool, modern look. The steel-framed shower enclcosure acts as a contrast to the more traditional panelling and vanity.
Get the look: Floor tiles, Fired Earth. Bath, Aston Matthews. Towel rack, Soho Home.
Who says you can't have a chandelier in the bathroom? This light makes this bathroom space feel extra luxe.
A mirrored cabinet with modern lights suit this all-white, clinical bathroom space. We love the textured, hexagonal shaped Mutina tiles.
The ceiling pendant adds a decorative touch to this master bathroom. Unlacquered brass by Studio Ore adds warmth, modernity and glamour.
Get the look: Unlacquered brass by Studio Ore. Bathtub by Victoria & Albert. Floor tiles by Emery et Cie.
Fluted glass is making a big comeback, and in this bathroom it adds a glam and retro Art Deco touch. The bespoke marble basin is warmed up by fittings in warm metal, including a reclaimed radiator, brass taps and shelving and a vintage, metal-framed mirror.
Get the look: The Fifties mirror with metal frame is from Fiona McDonald. The taps are from Barber Wilsons. The marble is from Marble City. The walls are painted with French Grey Dark Eggshell by Little Greene. Kate Moss, London, 2006, isby Mario Testino. Limited-edition signed prints of the photograph are available at Dominic Guerrini.
The lotus flowers on the walls are as much artworks as they are wall lights. They add interest to an otherwise empty wall, and are rather mesmerising. Tiny mother-of-pearl detailing on the drawer fronts and the oval Agape bath soften the masculine, bitter chocolate coloured Italian marble.
Get the look: The marble slabs are from Stone Age and the bespoke unit with mother-of-pearl drawers is by Carden Cunietti. This bath and basin are by Agape. The Lotus Flower wall lights are by Valerie Wade. The Hamman towel is by Khadi and Co at The Conran Shop, which also supplied the back brush.
The orb chandelier is the piece de resistance, injecting modern industrial style glamour to this modern space. Premium bathroom fittings combined with personal elements create a bathing zone that’s both cosy and luxe.
Get the look: The bath is by Porcelanosa and the taps are from Vola. The chandelier is by Timothy Oulton at Harrods. João found the marble bust at Architectural Forum. The wall lights are by Buster + Punch.
Unexpected full-length mirrors are set above the basins to take your eye right up to the ceiling, while the lantern pendants continue the rectangular theme and add satisfying symmetry.
Get the look: The mirrors were bought at auction. The box pendant light is by Davey Lighting. The Duravit Foster basins are from CP Hart.
A pair of globe shaped wall lights brighten up this small bathroom and tie in well with the underwater theme, while the brass fittings match the brass taps, radiator, mirror and ceiling.
Get the look: This is Nautilus wallpaper by Cole & Son. The bath is from Bette. The bath surround is tiled in Via Arkadia tiles. The basin is from Cielo. The mirrored vanity unit is bespoke.
Wall to wall marble and Hollywood style bulb lights around the mirror in the bathroom create a glam and timeless look.
Get the look: The Portuguese marble was sourced by Jon Loveday. These are Mackintosh shower fittings and basin taps by Lefroy Brooks. For a similar shower screen and mirrored wall cabinet, try CP Hart.
Candle-like sconces, shimmering mosaics and a display of jewellery give the bathroom a reverent feel.
Get the look: The mosaic tiles are from Bibliotheque Tiles. The basins and shower fittings were sourced from Alternative Bathrooms.
Who wouldn’t want to be a guest at this house when you have a wash room this gorgeous? The warm woods, graphic tiles and sleek fittings are beautifully combined. The low hanging pendant light offers dim lighting for relaxing evenings.
Get the look: The Tara shower fitting is by Dornbracht. The floor tiles are by Mosaic Del Sur. The wall is covered in Venetian plaster by Loggia.
This bathroom is a steampunk mash-up of vintage plumbing, valves and piping with contemporary art. Simple, industrial style style wall lights complete the look.
Get the look: The basins are vintage finds. Try Victorian Plumbing for similar. Check out William Holland for a statement copper bath. The artwork is by Barcelona-based artist Fernando Prats.
A neon glow gives this shower space a fun and funky edge.
Get the look: The blind is made up in Lorca’s Floratina damask by Osborne & Little. The reclaimed Victorian tub is from Drummonds. This is the Circus pendant by Corinna Warm for Innermost at The Conran Shop.
Originally a cavernous room, this space has been transformed into a luxury walk-in bathroom with marble walls and a cast-cement basin. Adjustable spotlights illuminate the sink and mirror area.
Get the look: The basin was designed and built by MADE. The brassware is by Swiss brand Arwa. The ceiling lights are vintage Jieldé.
A chandelier draws the eyes up in this tall bathroom space, while also injecting some old fashioned glamour. The enveloping dark background is relieved by splashes of green foliage and black and white floor tiles, the traditional pattern giving a nod to the property’s Victorian heritage.
Get the look: The Salcombe bath is by The Cast Iron Bath Company. The bronze brass finish taps are by Bespoke Taps. The Devonstone floor tiles are from Tiles Direct.
Elements more usually seen in a living space (spot the artwork and hanging pendants) make this a supremely relaxed bathing space.
Get the look: The glass pendant lights are by Curiousa & Curiousa. The art is by Lucie Bennett.
The tubular wall lights on either side of the basin and mirrors create useful task lighting as well as a symmetrical, clean look.
Get the look: The wallpaper is Tapestry in Coral Pink by Quercus & Co. The Hudson vanity unit is from Restoration Hardware. The Hedges wall sconces are by the Urban Electric Co. The mirror is from Wayfair.
Sand timer shaped double ended wall lights add sculptural glamour in this dark, dramatic bathroom.
Get the look: The vanity unit was designed by Peter Mikic with a marble top and Ashley Hicks handles. The Seventies wall lights were found in a Paris flea market and the polished-plaster walls are in Pantone 3025 C.
A pair of pretty pendants in this asymmetrical wash space add mood lighting rather than functional lighting, and brighten up what would otherwise be a dark corner.
Get the look: The wallpaper is Abigail Borg’s Mathilda Midnight from Studio Four. The ceiling lights are by Nash Martinez. The Fior di Pesco Apuano marble vanity unit is from ABC Stone and the tap is the Priya single hole from Newport Brass. The Infinity round mirror is from CB2. The door (seen in the reflection) is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Yukon Green.
The bathroom feels luxurious and plush, due to its size, ceiling height and carefully chosen details like the roll top bath, chaise longue and crystal chandelier.
Get the look: The bath and sink are both from Aston Matthews.