One of the smallest spaces in the home, bathrooms are often limited on wall space for hanging fixtures. That’s where pendant lights come in handy, offering a lot of style with minimal space consumed. They’re also a great choice for foyers, bedrooms, kitchens and more. But before you decide on a specific fixture, determine the purpose of your bathroom lighting. Will it be a task light over the vanity, or a decorative accent for your bath vignette? The answer will impact the size of the pendant and the type of finish you choose.
For instance, if you’ve gone for a clean, sleek look in your bathroom, a simple glass pendant with a cylindrical shade and a modern matte black finish is ideal. You can also find pendants with clear, smoked or bronze finishes that blend in well with any style. If you prefer a warm, inviting vibe, consider a rustic pendant with natural wood and metal details in light brown and cream hues.
Another important consideration is the height of your ceiling. If you have a low or vaulted ceiling, you’ll want to avoid pendants that hang too low and may bump against the ceiling. If you have a spacious, high ceiling, an oversized pendant might be ideal as it can provide enough light for the room.
You’ll also want to think about the color of your pendant light and how it will complement other bathroom lighting options. Many pendants are available in a variety of finishes from contemporary brushed nickel to bold brass. Choose a finish that works with your existing bathroom lighting as well as other design elements in the room, such as your cabinet hardware or mirror frame.
Pendants can double as both ambient and task lighting for the bathroom, and some are dimmable so that you can set the mood with a flick of a switch. If you’re using a pendant as a decorative accent over a bathtub, make sure it’s positioned at least a few feet above the tub so guests can easily see in and out of it.
Layering your lighting is essential for any space, and the same goes for the bathroom. A pendant can act as the main ambient light with recessed or track lighting providing additional task illumination and filling in any gaps in your ceiling.
When choosing a light bulb for your pendant, opt for a model with a higher CRI (color rendering index). This ensures that the light produces accurate colors and reduces a bluish tint that can affect our perception of color under less than ideal conditions. You can find the CRI and light color on the packaging of any bulb you’re considering. If you have questions, contact a lighting specialist at your local home improvement store or online. They’ll be able to help you select the right bulbs for your home. They’ll also be able to demonstrate smart features like voice control and the ability to change the color temperature of your lights, so you can set the perfect ambiance for every occasion.