I've been traveling a lot lately and there appears to be a frightening trend in commercial bathroom design. Consider this a formal complaint in fact, directed at the hospitality design industry. Don't get me wrong, as I am all about the "design aesthetic", but I am a woman and as said woman, there is that whole hair and makeup thing at least once and often twice a day! Who is responsible for the lighting going into hotel bathrooms of late? I'm talking about some five-star hotels here! How does one ever get dressed with fluorescent bulbs? It's hard enough for one to look good at a certain age and stage of life in the warm glow of incandescent - but fluorescent - no way (not even at twenty years old). In the ghoulish green glare of a fluorescent, no one looks good! Also, did you know you need twice as much light to see at fifty-five as you did at twenty ???
So, to be most effective begin the bathroom lighting at the vanity with the lights that do the most work. These lights must be bright enough so you can see to shave or apply makeup, but soft enough to compliment facial features. Fixtures located on the side of the mirror really should be at eye level to be most effective.When selecting a fixture style, choose one that has a translucent lens to avoid glare.
Bulb selection is as important as the fixture. Try colored or frosted bulbs designed to enhance the skin tones. A halogen light above the vanity provides cross illumination when used in conjunction with wall sconces. You want to avoid using recessed alone, as the shadows can be horrendous!
Layers in the final end are always the key to success when it comes to lighting. So here is my plea to all those sitting at the drafting table - just remember there are people staying in those luxury properties who are just a little ways past twenty-two!