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8 Top Ways to Light Up the Master Bath | Ideas and Photos

8 Ways to Light Up Your Master Bath

The master bathroom is a space where you can get creative with your colors, accents, and lighting fixtures.  

Here are 8 great master bathroom lighting ideas - so you can get ideas for your next home project. 

Master Bathroom Lighting Idea #1: Mixing genres - Contemporary square vanity lights with hanging crystal pendants 

Master Bathroom Lighting Ideas

Three droplet-style crystal pendants take center stage in this luxury master bath. To the sides, the "his and hers" vanities incorporate 5-light fixtures in a contemporary, squared shape. 

Crystal chandeliers are one of the fastest growing trends in master bathrooms, and formal dining rooms - a throwback to 18th century innovation in lighting. 


Design tip: More new homes are including triple pendants, in lieu of a one large fixture. See another example of triple pendant lighitng in the kitchen of the Treehouse, here.  


Master Bathroom Lighting Idea #2: Bathing in Silver and Crystal 

Master Bathroom Lighting Ideas

Crystal and silver punctuate this Holly Springs master bathroom - with a dangling center fixture and wall sconces. A free-standing tub with silver claw feet sits just around the corner, tucked away from easy view. 

Master Bathroom Lighting Idea #3: Layers of light - Sconces, crystal, and recessed lights    

Master Bathroom Lighting Ideas

In this "his and hers" style master bath, full-height mirrors were added above each vanity. These mirrors reflect endless layers of light, truely opening up the room.  

Tall wall sconces, chosen for their height, were added beside the mirrors.

A central crystal fixture adds a bit of glimmer to the room, with a black shade to soften the light.  

Master Bathroom Lighting Idea #4: Vaulted Ceilings that Inspire Natural Light

Master Bathroom Lighting Ideas

A white vaulted ceiling and cool palette keep this master bath soft and open. A set of 4-light vanity lights and a recessed light above the tub are all that's need to keep this room relaxing and functional. 


Design tip: In general, a larger master bath does not require as much additional lighting as you may think. Less is more when adding lighting to a master bath, especially when you include large mirrors or light, bright, reflective tile. You want to create a soft glow, rather than a harsh illumination. 

Master Bathroom Lighting Idea #5: Sun Soaked Bathroom

Master Bathroom Lighting Ideas

If you prefer to keep your master bathroom on the small side, lighting placement can make a big difference. In this custom home, large picture windows surround the soaking tub nook, bathing it in natural light.


Subtle recessed lighting and fixtures were used in the shower and bathroom hallway. 

Master Bathroom Lighting Idea #6: Taking the "old" out of "old-fashioned" - Mixing Metals with Crystal 

Master Bathroom Lighting Ideas

From the ground-up, metalics glitter throughout this master bath.


Smokey Topaz paint, Golden Sparkle granite, and metalic accent tiles. A bronze fixture with hanging crystals lends a romantic touch. A barrel vault ceiling rounds out the custom design in this master bath. 

Master Bathroom Lighting Idea #7: Natural Materials 

Master Bathroom Lighting Ideas

Warm brown wooden framed mirrors punctuate this natrual master bath. 


Three-light fixtures were placed above the his-and-her vanities, without overpowering the central prep area.  

The his and hers vanity connects with an open storage or dressing chair space in the middle.  

Master Bathroom Lighting Idea #8: Relaxing Retreat 

Master Bathroom Lighting Ideas

This luxurious master bathroom focuses all attention on relaxation. Soft, neutral palettes sweep across the room. Natural light flows in from all sides. An oversized, custom tile shower rests around the corner.   

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Comment balloon 15 commentsStanton Homes • May 06 2014 11:10AM


Great information, thanks for sharing.

Have a Big day,


Posted by Randy Shamburger, FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert (Movement Mortgage) about 4 years ago
Lighting and especially natural light plays such a huge part in the ambience of a master bath. I like the juxtaposition of the builder use of crystal chandelier and sconce lighting. Nice job.
Posted by Nancy Lamb, & Loving AZ Team-Fountain Hills AZ (Home Smart Premier) about 4 years ago

Thanks Nancy!  You're right, the lighting can really set the tone.  

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) about 4 years ago

What kind of master bath lighting do you like?  What do you hate?   One of my pet peeves is a shower that doesn't have a light in it! 

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) about 4 years ago

Lots of great ideas... but if it has crystals I'm in like Flynn! I'll find a way to incorporate them any where!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) about 4 years ago

Great ideas.  However, if you want to go with the sun soaked you might want to consider who can see in that window

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Good point, Gene!  Here in the Triangle area, we are fortunate to have many, many different neighborhoods with wooded acreage lots - and if that bath is rear facing, it really can be very private. 

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) about 4 years ago

Got some great ideas there for a couple of baths that I'm getting ready to renovate. Thanks!

Posted by Keith Whited (RE/MAX Gateway) about 4 years ago

Thank you for posting these ideas.  We're seeing a lot of rehabs in our area, and the bathroom is always a focal point.

Posted by Dan Derito (Success! Real Estate) about 4 years ago

I like each of these light and bright baths.  The more light the better, in my opinion.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 4 years ago

GREAT ideas! Growing up with a father and brother who are Architects helps me to appreciate these types of things!

Posted by Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker, email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846 (Team Linda Simmons, Enterprise, AL 36330) about 4 years ago

What a fabulous collection of wonderful ideas!   Great photos, and nice linking so I can explore more!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Wow, what beautiful bathrooms. Thanks for sharing those fabulous photos and ideas.  Time for a bath!

Posted by Janice Hope Zaltman Realtor,LEED AP (United Realty Group) about 4 years ago

Great tips!  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Dawn Welch (The Real Estate Consultants) about 4 years ago

Adequate lighting and light fixture design add a lot to a MB or a home. Thanks.

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) over 3 years ago

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