When was the last time you looked at the lighting above your medicine cabinet/mirror? Do you still have the 3-light bar across the top that you had when you moved in? When we are not obsessing over toilets or vanities or sinks, we look up and wonder, “what’s new in bathroom lighting?” Good question right?
The reality is that a LOT is up in bathroom lighting. You are no longer relegated to using those same boring (sorry) 3-light over the medicine cabinet light fixtures that were installed when your parents were children.
You can still use one but odds are good that (a) it may now use LEDs, and (b) it will NOT look like it’s been there since the 80s. Like the Conway, from Hudson Valley Lighting:
Hudson Valley Lighting’s Conway wall sconce provides a hint of unexpected sparkle and glamour with its dramatic, textured glass globes. Supported and backed by solid edged handsome metal plating, Conway’s petit 5 ¾” height makes it ideal for smaller spaces, such as a foyer, bath or powder room. Offered in one-, two-, three- and four-lamp versions, Conway accepts 50-watt G9 Xenon bulbs. The metal components are available in brushed bronze and polished chrome finishes.
Aside from lighting from above, people tend to forget that bathroom sconces can be more than just decorative. When choosing lights for your bathroom, keep in mind that the better the lighting, the better you will look – trust us – nobody looks good poorly lit.
The choices are plentiful; you can glam up your bathroom very easily by choosing sconces that have a bit of sparkle to them, or you can bring a bit of old Hollywood glamor back. If your bathroom is an ode to clean and crisp contemporary design – fear not – there are a plethora of choices! Are there rules? Not really – this is one area where personal choice is really the only rule. The sconce above is named Bijoux, and it too is from Corbett Lighting. We love that the backplate is mirrored – this helps make the space look bigger and it adds some very subtle high-end touches.
Today’s post has a bunch of our favorites; ranging from subtle to WOW! These fixtures are all from Hudson Valley Lighting, or their sister company, Corbett Lighting. Enjoy!
The sconce above, wisely named Big Bang, is an exuberant piece from Corbett Lighting —offered as a pendant or sconce and it infuses color and warmth and seems a perfect addition to any interior. Characterized by a vintage-type sunburst design that glistens with multi-colored cut-glass jewels, Big Bang is peppered with amethyst and clear tones. At the center, an oversized smoked glass diffuser anchors the piece, which is accented with a silver leaf finish.
At the beginning of this post, we chose to use Alibi, which is another ‘glam’ sconce — here is the description from Corbett Lighting – we couldn’t have said it better:
Alibi is a flirtatious sconce that instantly draws the eye with its sparkling beveled block of clear, hand-pressed Venetian glass. The design is complemented by an iron bezel frame finished in hand-applied gold leaf. Behind the thick glass diffuser is a candelabra light source reflecting against its stainless backplate. Two vertical rows of Italian glass tears suspend another Venetian gem beneath the main sconce, creating an interesting diversion. Alibi is ADA compliant for a variety of residential and hospitality configurations.
But what if your taste runs to cleaner, crisper contemporary? They’ve got you covered!
|Hudson Valley Lighting takes vanity lighting in a more dramatic direction with the Hartsdale Collection. With glass etched to mimic bark, and then reflected in the base below, the Hartsdale is both contemporary and somewhat organic – a unique twist. Available in single sconces or double, or with up to 4 arms or full vanity lighting, the Hartsdale is elegant without being too showy.
And for those who prefer simple, elegant and contemporary, may we suggest Auburn from Hudson Valley? Available in Satin or Polished Nickel or Old Bronze, and in different sizes, this fixture works for a number of bathroom styles.
We hope we’ve convinced you to take a look around your bathroom and see how easy it is to give yourself an illumination upgrade!