Lighting and Mirrors

Lighting – so misunderstood and yet so very important. Nobody wants to take a shower in the dark. The Bath & Tile Trends designers believe picking the proper lighting for a space is both an art and a science. The right lighting design depends on the size of the room, the room’s layout and the use of the lighting.


task lighting

Typically found at the vanity, especially around the mirror, task lighting is essential for illuminating areas that are critical for grooming. When shaving, for instance, improper lighting can lead to nicks and cuts. Typically a recessed light above the sink will only cast shadows and not produce the right lighting. We at Bath & Tile Trends typically recommend dedicated lighting fixtures to the sink and even tub areas.

Wall sconces not only provide an even lighting effect but create a glorious look in the bathroom. Nothing says class like a wall sconce. If a sconce is practical, then horizontal or vertical lightbars will do the trick. Many mirrors will have lighting built right in. For above the shower or tub, we recommend a dedicated recessed light. Especially in larger bathrooms. Glass doors do a good job of letting in the light, but sometimes it’s nice to have a dedicated source.

Task Lighting

pendant bathroom lighting

ambient lighting

Ambient lighting is used to illuminate the rest of the room. Nothing can ever replace the look and feel of natural light, but during the evening hours or if windows are limited, it is necessary to illuminate the rest of the room.

There are many choices when it comes to room lighting. There are flush mount fixtures, pendants, and chandeliers. Very popular these days is recessed lighting or even rope lighting hidden behind molding along the perimeter. Many people will invest time and money in lighting their grand entrance way or living rooms, don’t forget the bathroom as well.

accent lighting

As when you go to an art museum and the works are illuminated to enhance their beauty, so can your pieces of art in your bathroom or anywhere else in the house. Small spotlights can be directed to light up a decorative piece or even illuminate your glass basin sink. Show off that expensive tile work with a recessed shower fixture angle just right.

Wall sconces not only provide an even lighting effect but create a glorious look in the bathroom. Nothing says class like a wall sconce. If a sconce is practical, then horizontal or vertical lightbars will do the trick. Many mirrors will have lighting built right in. For above the shower or tub, we recommend a dedicated recessed light. Especially in larger bathrooms. Glass doors do a good job of letting in the light, but sometimes it’s nice to have a dedicated source.

Accent Lighting

Bathroom Mirror

mirrors & medicine cabinets

Just as important as the lighting is the mirror or medicine cabinet it lights up. A small powder room might only require a small mirror over the sink. In larger baths, a surface mount or flush mount medicine cabinet might be more suitable. Storage space is always crucial, and being able to hide your toiletries is essential. Our mirrors and cabinets are not only functional, but real works of art. The Robern’s uplifting medicine cabinet is a great example