Toilet lighting: 10 mistakes to avoid!

The toilet is certainly the room where we go most often. And it’s not always easy to know how to light it. It all depends on how bright it is without any lighting. Does your toilet have a window or is it a blind room? Are your toilets integrated into your bathroom?

Good lighting in other rooms of your home like this one can make your life more convenient. Therefore, common lighting mistakes can end up stealing the comfort and joy of your home. Here are 10 typical lighting errors that can happen in your home – and helpful tips on how to fix them.

1 – A light that is too garish or dazzling

Whether you have a blind toilet or not, you need artificial light in this room. It is better to avoid lighting that is too frank with a color that is too garish. You don’t want an underground parking atmosphere and icy lighting in your toilets? Always prefer – in your toilets too – a subtle and subdued light. What could be more beautiful than a black wall or a completely black painted room, both subtly lit with dimmed light?

2 – Wanting to do too much in terms of lighting

You are not in a dentist’s office with a lamp illuminating your face very strongly, but rather in your toilets where one or two points of light are enough. No need to overdo it. You can choose direct lighting and an indirect light source. As in any discipline, excess is not good: on the contrary, aim for a harmonious light.

3 – Poorly lit picture frames or paintings

You have decided to install a work of art in your toilet. It is an original gesture. So enhance what makes the character of your bathroom: illuminate this centerpiece in the most optimal way possible. Even simple photo frames or paintings on the wall of your toilet deserve proper lighting. Again, choose your bulbs carefully. LEDs are arguably the most suitable: they offer a soft light and do not produce heat – which could deteriorate the precious objects you display.

4 – Do not dare the mirror

True, this is about the decoration of the toilet, and not the bathroom. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up the mirror – it is also possible that your toilet is an integral part of your bathroom. The mirror reflects light and in this sense it has a role to play in lighting. In addition to giving you the feeling of space, the mirror brings you clarity. Moreover, in a (very) small room like a toilet, it is appropriate to dare an XXL size mirror.

5 – Rely only on lighting to make your toilet bright

The colors of your decoration affect the lighting. It is by no means a legend that the color white brings light. As long as this white, in paint, wallpaper or furniture is lit, it is. Mix white and for example light wood, and you will bring brightness to your room. You may also prefer other colors such as light tones. Because dark tones will not reflect daylight.

6 – Opt for simply functional lighting

Just because you don’t make extended stays in this room doesn’t mean you should neglect its aesthetics. You installed a nice wallpaper, some frames, maybe even some green plants and candles. All this to give a soul to your room. So go on to choose aesthetic lighting. Treat yourself to design.

7 – Create overly aesthetic lighting

Conversely, do not bet only on the design. Of course, it’s nice to mark the spirits with a grandiloquent, unexpected decoration, in short original. But keep in mind that the toilet is above all a functional space. The Beautiful should not take precedence over the Comfortable. It’s up to you to find the right balance between the two.

8 – Block natural light

If you’re lucky enough to have a bathroom with a window, don’t waste that source of natural light. Let the window diffuse the light of day, do not obstruct it with a piece of furniture for example. Natural light is a source of benefits, you would be wrong to deprive yourself of it.

9 – Place your light sources at the wrong height

Yes for a suspension in your toilet if you are a fan, but remember to install it high enough. A bit like the mirrors in your bathroom, all you have to do to get pleasant light is to position your light sources at face level. It is best to avoid intense light from above. Make sure your bathroom has a soft glow at just the right height.

10 – Not lighting in the right place

Your toilets are well lit by pendant lights or recessed spotlights, but don’t they suffer from having more light projected onto the floor than towards the toilets themselves, where it is most needed? Remember to position your light sources well to ensure that the area where you sit receives enough light.

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