When we look good, we feel good. Right? Lighting is everything! Do you really want to start your day by getting ready under bathroom lighting that amplifies every flaw? I don’t. I’ve finally solved the lighting problem in my master bathroom with a solution that I’m quite happy with. It looks great…and so do I. One word for bathroom lighting…diffused! Soften it up. Allow me to explain…
Not only was the existing lighting at the top of the ugliness chart, but the plastic ‘crystal’ clamshells cast harsh shadows all over one’s face. I can’t tell you how many times I’d leave the house feeling 10 years older! With two sinks in the vanity, I wanted each user to have his own lighting source. But, I struggled with only one, centrally placed junction box. I didn’t want to hire an electrician to cut open my walls or ceiling to install two light sources…therefore, I rose the the challenge of using what I have. The lighting was hard, and the design of the room was too.
(Above: The builder had purchased this horribly designed fixture at Home Depot for $40. Now, it’s $0 in the recycling room!)
(Above: The fixture, despite being ugly, casts horrible light throughout the room. Even on a dimmer, it’s not flattering.)
I searched and searched for bath lighting that had the look I wanted along with soft, diffused light. I couldn’t find much that worked for my vision, and if I did find something…it was well out of my price range. As much as I tried to avoid it, I decided to put pen to paper and design my own solution for the bathroom.
(Above: I didn’t exactly put PEN to PAPER…I drafted the new design in AutoCAD to realize proper dimensions of each part of the assembly. Purchasing lamp parts and custom building a fixture can be tricky and tedious…sketching the design first is an important step.)
Ultimately, I decided on two suspended pendants installed over each sink in the vanity. The central canopy will remain in the existing location, and I will allow the cords to be an intentional design element by using twisted cloth cord in white. Each pendant has two levels of diffusing: the fabric shade AND the glass globe. This will be be the closest to Hollywood lighting that I can get! Flaws be gone!
(Above: Nickel-plated modern canopy at 5″ diameter with white cloth-covered, twisted cord.)
(Above: Porcelain sockets and nickel-plated parts. The design is actually quite simple.)
(Above: I bet you’re familiar with what a glass globe looks like.)
(Above: The ‘bones’ of the fixture. The opal glass globe fits onto the shade holder and the fabric shade covers it all.)
(Above: The assembled fixture. The glass globes get installed over the light bulb. This prevents you from looking up into the shade and getting blinded by a bright bulb.)
(Above: The key to making your own fixture is to design it simply and beautifully to avoid the ‘home-made’ look. No one needs to know you did it yourself, and you certainly don’t want it to look that way!)
(Above: To refresh you of the BEFORE.)
(Above: The new bathroom! The entire look is soft…just like the light. You feel GOOD in this bathroom. The new rug came too!)
(Above: I didn’t fight the traditional vibe of the bathroom. I can’t start from scratch…so I worked with what I have. It’s modernized (for sure!), but it’s still warm and cozy.)